July 18, 2017
Comprehensive development audit

The Comprehensive Development Audit: Where Successful Development Begins

The Comprehensive Development Audit I remember too clearly my early days in development. Expectations were high and I was being reminded frequently of the need to raise more money. Everyone had advice to give. Well-intentioned staffers would anonymously leave copies of the Chronicle of Philanthropy on my desk with news […]
January 15, 2016
Origami Bird

The Global Network of Fundraising Professionals

I've had the privilege of working with several thousand ministry non-profits around the world. God has granted me opportunities to share in the work of some of the most incredible people; individuals committed to using their personal giftedness to serve others.

But one of the things I've discovered is that many people like me feel lonely, even abandoned. They love the work but when facing challenges, they've come to learn that most of those from whom they seek help simply brush them off claiming that this is an area of work of which they know nothing.

August 13, 2015
Shifting gears manually

Retire? Not a chance, just change lanes and shift gears

By the time my father passed away a few years ago, he had retired at least 4 times. He never did think of retirement as a goal or dream. His Christian beliefs suggested to him that his retirement benefits would be received in the life to come. Though older age […]
August 4, 2015
Perception of a workaholic

Workaholic vs. Slacker – Which is Better?

My name is Richard and I am a workaholic. OK, full disclosure: that has not been a secret from those who know me. I could blame our culture. Our economic environment seems to favor the person who works longer hours. It is like an alcoholic living life in a liquor […]