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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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The Psychology of Volunteerism

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In the fundraising profession, a typical week involves interacting with all types of volunteers, including board members, development committee members, interns, or other individuals who have generously contributed their time to help us achieve our goals and further our missions.

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Collins Group joining forces with Campbell & Company

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We are excited to announce that Collins Group is becoming a division of Campbell & Company, a national fundraising consulting and executive search firm.

Categories / Consulting
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Development vs. Marketing

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When marketing and development work in tandem, the benefits are beyond effectiveness.

Categories / Donor Relations
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What’s the difference between donors and delicata squash?

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It is not a coincidence that ‘cultivate’ is used in fundraising – if you tend to your donors like you tend to your garden, you will reap the benefits.

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Categories / Donor Relations / Major Gifts
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Breaking the Groundhog Day Cycle of Special Events

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In the fundraising world, nothing gets us grumbling quite like the thought of planning a special event (especially on the eve of the fall event season).

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Categories / Donor Relations / Events
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Fundraising

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So the real question we should be asking our volunteers is: how can they help us to actively engage members of the community in the mission of your nonprofit? How has your mission caused them to reach that aspirational place of wanting to reach out to others, and are they open to sharing their story with others?

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What’s your Universal Fundraising Truth?

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In the spirit of reflection, here are three universal fundraising truths, reinforced by my recent work with diverse clients.

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