What’s in a Name?

First, a story about my mother. It’s the kind of story I can tell, but you can’t, because she’s my mother, not yours. My mom, who recently turned 87, is a very traditional woman of her generation. And she never quite understood that, though my wife Pat decided to take...

Fish Stories

I was visiting with the staff of a small human services agency the other day. I asked them how they liked their board of directors, and they were generally positive, until it came to talking about the board’s attitude about development.  At that point, their calm...

You Just Never Know

I helped wrap up a successful capital campaign in December, one in which we asked supporters to give significantly more than they ever had before. One thing that strikes me is how some of the largest gifts came from people the organization had barely known before. And...