I’m back!

Dear Readers,
I know that it has been awhile since you heard from me here at The Good Steward. Almost six months ago, my wife and I welcomed our first child, a boy named Harrison. Now that we have recovered from the initial shock of having a new little person around and our bodies have mostly adjusted to less sleep, I’m back to share my musings, lessons, and tips on all things fundraising and nonprofit.

I look forward to re-engaging with you all!


Happy 2014!



Happy New Year from The Good Steward!  The year ahead will be full of plenty that will keep me busy, but most of which will also be shared with you, dear readers.

Some notable highlights for the year ahead:

  • As of January 1st, I am serving as Vice Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network National Board;
  • There will be a good amount of experimentation in and increased fundraising with the new I-House leadership;
  • I’m continuing a pro bono consulting relationship with a great grassroots organization in Missouri, which is really providing me with an opportunity to deepen my fundraising and coaching skills;
  • I will be representing YNPN on the Independent Sector NGen Advisory Board and look forward to helping shape the 2014 program, which will be capped off at the Independent Sector Conference in Seattle.

I look forward to sharing 2014 — and all of these experiences — with you and hope to hear from you in the comments.  Feel free to let me know if you have thoughts on topics that you want to see covered here!


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The Good Steward in 2012

Happy New Year TGS Readers!  I hope that your new year is off to a great start; mine has been very busy and chock full of experiences that are leading to plenty of new ideas to share with you this year.

I cannot come into 2012 without thanking you for affirming me by reading this blog and joining in the community that I have been building here for fundraisers to learn from each other.  This has been an amazing experience in the last year and I cannot wait to see where this journey will take us in 2012.

The big developments to come in 2012 will include: some interesting opportunities, profiles of some accomplished and up-and-coming fundraising professionals, more great guest posts showcasing great strategies from which we can all learn.

I have also left some room for what you are interested in learning about here on The Good Steward, so please take a moment and leave a comment with anything you would love to see covered here in 2012 that would deepen your fundraising knowledge base.  I look forward to making this year more informative for you.

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I’m Back . . . and Married!

Dear TGS Readers,

Please accept my apologies for the radio silence of the last few weeks — I got married on the 15th and spent a week in Italy for our honeymoon (from which we just returned).

I am returning to the wide world of fundraising refreshed and ready to get back to work.  I am looking forward to what the rest of 2011 holds for this work and to engaging with you about it all.

If you have any ideas that should be covered in a future post, please feel free to be in touch.

All best,



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Welcome to The Good Steward!

I am very pleased to welcome you to The Good Steward.

My goal for TGS is to make it a resource for my fellow non-profit fundraisers and anyone else interested in non-profit organizations and philanthropy.  Going forward, you will find that I try to cover different aspects of fundraising, with an emphasis on individual giving.  To learn a bit more about the blog (and me), check out the About page.

Please feel free to comment on any posts that you find interesting or be in touch via the contact form about any ideas that you would like to see covered in future posts.

Thanks so much for visiting and I look forward to having you join the conversation here on The Good Steward!

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