Ethical Storytelling

Exploitation-Empathy Continuum for Nonprofits
Checklist – Empathy in Communications
Why Does “Poverty Porn” still exist?
Exploitation in Fundraising Communications: 5 Critiques
Respect and Dignity are Not Good Enough: A Common Pitfall in Ethical Communications
Where Do You Stand? The Hottest Issues in Storytelling Ethics Today
Donor-Centric Language: Efficacy and Ethics
5 Tips to Collect Real Feedback from Beneficiaries
Equity: Asking one Tough Question
Checklist – Empathy in Conversations

Donor Travel for Nonprofits and Charities

Three Models of Philanthropic Travel (and what to do with each)
8 qualities to look for in trip participants
The ONE Thing about Donor Trips
Planning your next donor trip? You need a fundraiser, not a travel agent
3 Initiatives Every Donor Trip Should Support
The “Why” of Donor Trips
How to select the right internal manager for a trip
Roles and Responsibilities in Planning a Donor Trip
Challenges Faced by Staff in Donor Travel Programs
The Problem with Donor Travel Programs
Why your Board and Staff need first-hand experience
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Impact Trips
6 Things to Include in Your Pre-departure Guidebook
Preparing our Visitors When Knowledge is Not Enough
Why you MUST ask for the gift on the trip (and how to do it) Part 1
Why you MUST ask for the gift on the trip (and how to do it) Part 2
How Your Donor Trip Can Fail if You Don’t Follow Up: 10 Tactics for Success
7 Follow-Up Faux Pas for Donor Trips
Donor Trips: Before and After COVID-19
COVID-19 and Donor Travel: Your Top 10 Questions Answered
Five Roles for Staff on Trips
How to Select the Right Staff for Your Trips
Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Planning Impact Trips
The Perils of Price: Fixed and Variable Costs
The Perils of Price: How Do Nonprofits Calculate the Price of Their Trips?
The Perils of Price: The Donor’s Perception of Value

Site Visits for Foundations and Grantmakers

What Funders Get Wrong About Site Visits
Exploitation-Empathy Continuum for Funders
Checklist: Empathy in Site Visits  – The Funder Edition

Alumni Travel for Colleges and Universities

Alumni trips vs Donor Trips: are they really one in the same…?
The Role of Fundraising in Your Trips
Case Studies of Fundraising and Education in Trips
Three Models of Alumni Travel (and what to do with each)

Volunteer Travel and Engagement

Three Models of Voluntourism (and what to do with each)
Checklist: Models of Voluntourism
5 Pitfalls of Voluntourism
3 Fallacies of Voluntourism

Intercultural Competence

Assessing Intercultural Competence in One Question
Why Intercultural Competence Matters in Short-term Assignments
Common Cultural Challenges on Donor Trips: The Visitor Edition
Common Cultural Challenges on Donor Trips: The Staff Edition
10 Takeaways for Launching an Intercultural Career
Preparing our Visitors When Knowledge is Not Enough
Respect and Dignity are Not Good Enough: A Common Pitfall in Ethical Communications
How Much Do We Have to Adapt?
Why the Dos-and-Don’ts List Is Not Enough
We See What We Already Believe: Guiding Assumption on Donor Trips


Metrics and Measurements for Travel Programs
Checklist: Empathy in Mass Communications
Checklist: Empathy in Conversations
Checklist: Models of Voluntourism
Checklist: Empathy in Site Visits  – The Funder Edition
Exploitation-Empathy Continuum


Travel Program Readiness (if you’ve never done a trip before)
Travel Program Optimization (if your trips aren’t meeting objectives)


WEBINAR: 10 Tips for a Successful Donor Trip
WEBINAR: Virtual Engagement: How to Create Participatory Virtual Experiences that Keep your Donors Engaged in Times of Crisis
WEBINAR: Ethical Storytelling for Fundraising Communications – How to Create Compelling Content without Exploitation: A Step by Step Guide


VIDEO: Avoid 3 Travel Mistake with Program Staff
VIDEO: Utilize Program Staff in These 3 Ways
VIDEO: To Travel or To Give? That is the Question
VIDEO: In Defense of the Volunteer a as Learner
VIDEO: Same Hotel or Different

Guest Posts

5 Overseas Travel Tips from Fundraising Copywriter Dan Magill

Books on Philanthropy, Travel, and Culture

  • Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World by Anu Taranath
  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji
  • Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo
  • Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by    Edgar Villanueva
  • Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference by William MacAskill
  • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling , Anna Rosling Rönnlund
  • Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count by Phil Buchanan
  • Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropyby Bernard Ross and Penelope Cagney
  • Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good by Ann Mei Chang
  • The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker
  • The Givers: Money, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age by David Callahan
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
  • The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by William Easterly
  • Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It) by Robert Lupton
  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas