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There's so much going on in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, we just have to say our piece. Comments welcome!

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Make Your Volunteers Happy (and Generous!)

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Over the last year, I participated in monthly group volunteer projects at different nonprofits. I’ve been surprised by when I left projects feeling happy versus just ambivalent. For example, despite […]

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How to do Stress-Free Fundraising: Be Like Ike

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I was recently introduced to the Eisenhower Method of time management. For those who are not familiar, it’s a tool developed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to prioritize tasks according […]

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Build the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

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We always met at his favorite Chinese restaurant. He, the seasoned fundraising professional, semi-retired and sharp as a whip. And I, the relatively young development director, who had just closed […]

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A Relationship Map that Leads Somewhere

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Does this story sound familiar? Board members embrace the idea of launching—or growing—your organization’s major gifts program. They get the importance of donor-centered, peer-to-peer fundraising and are ready to partner […]

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The secret to crowdfunding: there is no secret!

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You may have seen organizations raise a lot of money through crowdfunding, like this one from Water for People, which raised over $2M on Crowdrise.com. And you may be wondering: […]

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Give ‘em What They Want

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The definition of marketing, a wise person once told me, is finding out what people want, and then giving it to them. So I wince when I hear clients say […]

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Who Cares About Impact?

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This past December, I received an email that led with “…we wanted to reflect on what you’ve helped us achieve this year…” It told me about how the organization has […]

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Are You Neglecting Your Most Important Employees?

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I recently attended the National Philanthropy Day luncheon hosted by AFP Washington. In an acceptance speech on behalf of her company, an awardee said one of their core values is […]

Categories / General / Nonprofit Management
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Proper Meeting Prep Makes the Difference

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Whether you’re an assistant, project manager, or chief executive officer, meeting preparation is vital to the success of your organization.

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How well do you search?

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I use Google every day and have a degree in library and information science, and yet I was blown away by how tweaking my search techniques started returning much better search results and transformed the way I was able to work.

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