28 January

Taste Your Mistakes (and Find Your God Shot)

  This week, I had the pleasure of experiencing one of Indy’s many new craft coffee shops. Quill’s Coffee is on the first floor of an apartment complex, hidden back in a cozy corner of an otherwise generic building. Behind the counter, the familiar face of a friend of mine, Ross Bemis, welcomed me. Ross […]

22 January

Are You Still Trying to Date Your Donors?

You begin to grasp a lot about life in your 40s. American writer and journalist Pamela Druckerman has some great insights about what she’s learned in her middle years here and one of her observations really struck me: People are constantly trying to shape how you view them. In certain extreme cases, they seem to […]

16 January

Books, Like Life, Benefit From Repair

I once got so lost in a book that when my mother poured a teapot full of boiling water down her leg, I didn’t hear her screaming. It’s not just the stories I get into. I love books themselves – the feel of them, how they look and smell, what kind of mood they create […]

18 December

Reach Your Fundraising Goals By Embracing a Millennial Mindset

Several years ago, I was sitting in a fundraising meeting agonizing about our year-end mailer. The direct mail piece targeted our older, wealthy donors – and if we didn’t hit the lofty goal we’d set, we wouldn’t have enough time to recover. Needless to say, the pressure was intense, and I was really feeling it. […]

17 December

How to Improve Your Mediocre Fundraising Copy

This blog was originally posted by Achieve President Derrick Feldmann on December 16, 2014,  for Philanthropy News Digest’s PhilanTopic. For most of us, the month of December generally means two things: fundraising letters and holiday parties. Okay, maybe that’s just me. Still, end-of-year gifts and donations account for a substantial amount of the money raised by […]

12 November

Building Blocks Building Experiences

I had the chance to be an intern at Disney World in the fall of 2008. For anyone who’s ever spent any time at the “House of Mouse,” you’ve undoubtedly found yourself in awe at the world that has been imagined and created around you. A world that—in that moment—you are a part of. One […]

11 November

Indy Redefined Event Highlights Local & National Thought Leaders

Less than two weeks ago, Achieve partnered with our friends at Indy Hub to produce a first-of-its-kind event here in Indianapolis. Indy Redefined brought together local visionaries, idealists and creatives who are effectively transforming traditional industries and causes in their community. Beyond being an incredible relationship-building opportunity for folks in the Indy area, this event […]

6 November

Should you use rotating banners on your website?

Rotating banners are an opportunity to show your user more information when they land on your website, right? Wrong. But how can I give them what I want them to know about our mission, programs and current events if I don’t have rotating banners? We get it – it is hard. It is more difficult […]

8 October

On Millennials And Their Calling

What did your parents want to be when they grew up? Your grandparents? And maybe an even better question: Did they follow their dreams? One of the most highlighted differences between our generation (I’m a Millennial) and those before us is how we choose our careers. Our backgrounds are the root of our lack of understanding […]

29 September

Should Universities Fear Millennial Alumni?

  Last week, in partnership with The Chronicle of Philanthropy we released our latest Millennial research project. The Millennial Alumni Study revealed findings from almost a year’s worth of surveying Millennial alumni (born 1980-2000) from four-year institutions across the U.S. For schools, alumni departments and university foundations, this research is nothing short of eye opening. […]