Meet Mrs. McGillicuddy

By Briefing Emails

Mrs. McGillicuddy walked through the front door and went straight to the Main Desk.  “Hello, I would like to see the President, please.”  The receptionist smiled and said, “I’m sorry, ma’am, but the President is in a Board Meeting and can’t be disturbed.” “Dear, I know she is in a Board Meeting.  That’s why I came by today.  Please go knock on the door and say that a lady is outside who wants to make a million dollar contribution.  I have the check right here.”  And she did. In thirty seconds the President came out into the hall.  “Well, good

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Major Gifts in Ten Minutes a Day

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We were having coffee and my friend looked panicky. “What’s the matter?” “Rob, it’s nearly September and I’m not getting out.  I haven’t made a visit in a month.  My plate is so full right now I can’t imagine finding the time to get a visit.  I need a whole day, but it’s not going to happen.” “Do you have ten minutes? “What do you mean?  You can’t do major gift fundraising in ten minutes!” As gently as I could, I looked my friend in the eye and said, “Of course you can.” Pay yourself first.  For fundraisers that means

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