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For 2010 presentation at CASE/NAIS national conference in NYC
Norma J. Walker, VP for Professional Development, CASE, wrote on March 26:
"It is...a special pleasure to congratulate you for being designated as a 'Faculty Star' by virtue of the feedback from conference participants. It is a clear indication of your expertise and teaching abilities, and we are pleased to share this accomplishment with your peers by acknowledging you in an upcoming issue of CASE CURRENTS Magazine.
"The 'Faculty Star' designation is based on combined scores of 4.5 or better (on a 5.0 scale), and it places you in the top echelon of all CASE faculty in three categories: knowledge of subject matter, presentation skills, and ability to respond to questions."
...in this. When you do this...
When you do this, you're printing money in the basement. You simply cannot flatter a donor too much. In fact, "flattering donors too much" is right at the top of our job description, because flattery stimulates more revenue. It's not a cynical ploy: trust me, they're not gulled by your artful dodges. They know flattery for what it is. But they don't reject it. They like the feeling. You like the feeling. We all like the feeling. Flattery reminds us, in case we'd forgotten, that we're worth something. That we're important. That feels really good.
Sometimes you just want a fresh mind...
Tom asks Merlin for the answer
Help, please, my 7-year-old pal...
Dear Merlin (I emailed), I am developing a metaphor. I need information about how GOOD is the glue that barnacles use to attach themselves to things? Is it the best glue in the world ... or just mediocre? If you have such information, I will be most grateful.
Merlin dictated back, through Marci, his mom: Barnacle glue is good enough to hold planes that go 4 inches out of the atmosphere but not good enough to ground a rocketship going to one of the new planets...
Quoted from Pamela Grow's early January 2010 issue of her Grow Report: "By the way, one of my New Year's resolutions has been to devote less time to email, so I've been cleaning out my inbox and unsubscribing to quite a few of the 'gurus' I subscribe to. However, there are three top nonprofit gurus whose newsletters you must subscribe to ... When Tom Ahern's, Lisa Sargent's or Mal Warwick's newsletter appears in my inbox, I always stop whatever I'm doing to read. Sign up - you'll thank me."
For you, in the gently pummeled theatre...
What's newly critiqued
An engineering school's capital case
...no mercy for the Mercys; a local arts group strikes direct mail gold; heart-wrenching United Way of Pickens County annual appeal; and an e-newsletter that does so much right. Take me to the crits!
My end of the year newsletters
Preparing for a better 2010
A new campaign that raises supporting thoughts as well as supporting gifts, plus a front-lines look at how a case statement is used to raise major money. Scamper to read.