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What’s a fundraising consultant?

By patriciaberry | April 9, 2021

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The Relationship Circle

By patriciaberry | March 11, 2021

  When you are doing the work of relationship-focused fundraising, asking a donor for money becomes easier, regardless of the answer.

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Asking for Money: Getting Over the Weirdness

By patriciaberry | February 11, 2021

 One of the first things I unpack with a new client is how they approach the idea of asking people for money.  

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Relationship Journey

By patriciaberry | February 2, 2021

 Traditional wisdom in fundraising says that transformational, recurring donors only arrive once in a life-time for a nonprofit, and are the result of high-paid, individual work by your star major giving officer.

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Creating a 100-Year Friend: Observe & Interact

By patriciaberry | December 8, 2020

Observing your fundraising program, and focusing your donor strategy on your own culture and unique set of circumstances, will pay off in good choices and meaningful practice tailored to the philanthropic mission you serve.

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The 100-Year Friend: An Eco-System Approach to Fundraising

By patriciaberry | December 7, 2020

This is the first series of blog posts titled “The 100-Year Friend”. They explore the world of philanthropy through the lens of Permaculture thinking and the metaphor of the garden ecosystem. It is the culmination of my 25 years of experience in the field of big-box fundraising in billion-dollar campaigns and my thoughts on how we can […]

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Transforming Fundraising toward Social Justice

By patriciaberry | November 30, 2020

There is a Mary Oliver poem that is so present for me right now.  It’s titled “The Uses of Sorrow” – Someone I loved once gave me/ a box full of darkness/ It took me years to understand/ that this, too, was a gift

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Lessons in Abundance from my Oma Frieda

By patriciaberry | November 16, 2020

My maternal grandmother was named Frieda. I just found out from Wikipedia, that saucy mistress of procrastination, that the name means “peaceful ruler” and I have to say that is spot on. She was a wonderful mix of autocratic and kind and the reason I do what I do in the way that I do […]

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Miracle on 34th Street (1934)

Fundraising in the age of pandemic

By patriciaberry | April 4, 2020

Can we open a hard conversation about fundraising in this unprecedented time? I’m having some terrible, and brave and wonderful and hard conversations right now with colleagues in organizations who are facing unimaginable choices on all fronts of their work. I’m hoping this post can open up some of that conversation to our community to ask ourselves some difficult questions with compassion and as little judgment as possible.

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Meeting My Mentor in SoulCollage

By patriciaberry | January 29, 2020
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Take the first step toward clarity.