Skagit Valley Hospital

Archive for 2011

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Beyond the Thank You: Making the Most of Your Stewardship Efforts

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As fundraising professionals, my TCG colleagues and I often remind our client organizations about the importance of retaining donors, and the role of good stewardship in retention. As individual donors, […]

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How Not to Treat Your Donors

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If you are working in development right now, chances are good that your life is consumed by year-end appeals, year-end metrics, and year-end numbers.  And, if you are a donor […]

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Huddle, Rally, and Break!

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The level of philanthropic giving has remained relatively static in the U.S. over the past 40 years. Through recessionary years, this might feel like success, but who doesn’t believe our […]

Categories / Donor Relations
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GiveBLOG

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Last week, Julie and I joined about 75 nonprofit professionals at an NDOA event for a recap of last year’s Seattle Foundation GiveBIG event on June 23rd, and received a […]

Categories / Events / Foundations / Online Giving
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Volunteers…who needs them? YOU do!

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I’ll admit it: When it comes to fundraising volunteers, I’m an unabashed flip-flopper. In my almost 20 years in the fundraising trenches, I’ve dealt with my share of volunteers who […]

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Favorite Recent & Upcoming Presentations (Slides Included!)

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The Social Media for Nonprofits Conference, on a national whirlwind tour, swept through Seattle just over a week ago and hurled a vast amount of sensible advice and provocative ideas […]

Categories / Consulting / Events / Trends
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How to “Speak Audience”: Speaking Tips for Nonprofit Professionals

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It took a long time to admit to myself that I was an introverted fundraiser masquerading as an extroverted one. I enjoyed meeting with donors and working with volunteers, but […]

Categories / Consulting / Donor Relations
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You Only Get To Be New Once

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Ever heard of “beginner’s mind”? It’s a practice in Zen Buddhism that refers to cultivating an attitude of openness and eagerness, where the dreaded refrain of “we don’t do it […]

Categories / Consulting
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Stuart Grover Receives Group Health Cooperative Achievement Award

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Congratulations to Stuart Grover, TCG Chairman Emeritus, for receiving the Cooperative Achievement Award from the Group Health Cooperative this past Saturday. The Cooperative Achievement Award is given each year to […]

Categories / Consulting
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TCG Welcomes James Plourde, Senior Consultant

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The Collins Group is proud to announce our newest team member, James Plourde. With more than 20 years in development and the Northwest nonprofit sector, James brings fresh ideas and […]

Categories / Consulting
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