Nathan Washatka

Nathan Washatka

Nathan Washatka works in fundraising at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He holds a B.A. from Cedarville University and an M.F.A. from Johns Hopkins University. He is a regular contributor for Philanthropy Daily, and his writing has also appeared at the Hopkins Review and Front Porch Republic.

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Is bureaucratic management replacing democracy?

Current social trends are replacing the associational life with the “managerial life.”

Fundraising defines the mission

Good fundraisers tell stories to engage donors. This storytelling helps to define your organization’s mission.


Unsettled minds, frenetic philanthropy

Torn this way and that by countless existential challenges, our philanthropy is pulled in numerous directions, resembling the “unsettled minds” of Americans today.

Living amidst uncertainty

The Coronavirus pandemic disrupted our lives and our careers. It reminds us of the ineluctable uncertainty in our lives.


The open road and the good society: a review of Matthew Crawford’s Why We Drive

Matthew Crawford’s new book, Why We Drive: Towards a Philosophy of the Open Road, casts a skeptical eye towards the efforts to “manage” our lives—a trend we see anywhere from the open road to modern philanthropy.

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Promoting prudence: a review of Jeremy Beer’s Fundraising When Times Are Bad

A review of Jeremy Beer’s new e-book, Fundraising When Times Are Bad: A Guide for Nonprofit Leaders. While commending practical wisdom Beer’s new e-book provides guidance to nonprofit leaders navigating “bad times.”


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In praise of anonymity

Anonymous donors are a rare an interesting breed, and we should celebrate the humility that gives birth to anonymity. And yet, we may not want all giving to be anonymous.

Gardening and fundraising: meditations during pandemic

I have often thought that my work as a fundraiser is not altogether different from my efforts as a backyard gardener. In both cases, I toil, persistently and thoughtfully, toward an outcome that is largely out of my hands.


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Puzzles, mysteries, and global issues

The Rockefeller Foundation has new plan to “solve global issues.” But is leveraging “expertise” really the best way to address human suffering?

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Did Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood impact our understanding of neighborliness?

Fred Rogers, host and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, invited all of use to be his neighbor. But can we really be neighborly to everyone?