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Monday, November 12, 2012

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Tanushree’s Reflection: On Listening

He is thirsty, and is cut off from a spring by a mere clump of bushes. But he is divided against himself: one part overlooks the whole, sees that he is standing here and that the spring is just beside him; but another part notices nothing, has at most a divination that the first part sees all. But as he notices nothing he cannot drink. - Franz Kafka

Phil Cubeta writes Gift Hub, perhaps the most learned and imaginative blog on philanthropy. Today, he equates the fruits of philanthropy to a spring, as in a source of life-giving water, which is a new image worth noting for Charity Spring. Here he speaks of the all-important value of listening to the donor – and the danger of only hearing “the hum” of your own thoughts.

“To listen is to listen for the sound of water. Had we heard water we might have drunk. Had we drunk we might have heard.”

To his fine essay we might add the following advice on the art of listening: when in doubt ask another question; say what you think you are hearing; name the emotions you hear (e.g., “you sound…”) to confirm that you have them right and to confirm in the donor’s mind that you are indeed listening; say less and always make it about them; body language counts; honor what you hear with action and feedback.

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

Donor Retention & Acquisition: Why you are losing half your donors every year and how not to allow that to continue by doing these best practices 30-minutes a day. It takes four times the resources to secure a new donor than to re-engage the ones who already know you.

Donor Relations

2012 Edition of the Best Practices for Annual Reports: all the way from Canada.

Media Tips

How to Build an Editorial Calendar

Media Relations in a Digital Age: At the heart of any great public relations campaign is media relations that drives brand recognition and builds awareness. While we need to stay ahead of the trends and target audiences on new platforms, it’s important to abide by ‘old school’ best practices.

Social Media Tips

Coca-Cola has a new Web site that tells its story (past and present) and behaves more like a consumer magazine than a business portal. In fact, it actually looks to have more to do with philanthropy than business. This change reflects the widespread direction marketers are taking to recast their communications as storytelling rather than advertising. To make the Web site credible, it accepts opinion columns that can be at variance with the views of the company with explanations that explains the company’s view. Something for any charity to study closely.

6 Free Websites for Public Domain Images and Free Stock Photos

Bringing a Network Mindset to Board Development: How to use online social networking tools to find the right board members.

Patch Tips!

Charity Spring

See what more than 6,000 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think.

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