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MILESTONE THINKING - On-target observations in brief

Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same – with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead. - Mother Teresa

Your prospects might not share your obsessions. The typical prospect has a finite amount of money to contribute to all causes. The rule is simple: Compete or lose. - With acknowledgement to The NonProfit Times 15 April 2012

Do not act as if you had ten thousand years to throw away. Death stands at your elbow. Be good for something while you live and it is in your power. - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Is your organisation crawling, walking, or running when it comes to integrated marketing and donor communications? And be honest, because knowing what level of complexity is realistic at the start will help build a stronger programme faster in the long run. - With acknowledgement to www.malwarwick.com

The path to financial security in the not-for-profit sector lies in the building of closer relationships with donors and gathering around you the largest possible number of people who will remain loyal friends to your organisation for all the right reasons. - Terry Murray in The Art of Asking + 60 more Fundraising Tips and Trends

Leaders rely on others to fill in the blanks in their knowledge, but often leaders don’t realise what they don’t know. This can lead to a great deal of trouble.  - With acknowledgement to The NonProfit Times www.nptimes.com

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. - William Penn

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