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Strategic Planning: Which way I ought to go from here

April 11th, 2017

By Shannon Kingman “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” said the Cat. Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire cat of Alice in Wonderland said it best – knowing how to progress as an organization begins with determining …Read More

Why board training is essential for success

March 21st, 2017

By Amy Phipps If you need a doctor, you wouldn’t choose someone who hadn’t been to medical school. Why then does it seem that nonprofit board members don’t receive the training they need? In a perfect world, board members would be well-educated and informed, leading to deeper engagement and greater effectiveness. But the reality is …Read More

In times of confusion…communicate more

March 21st, 2017

By Joyce Penland, CFRE Over the course of my time in fundraising, I’ve been told that it’s important in times of chaos and confusion not to bury one’s head in the sand, not to head towards the bunker and not to envelope oneself or one’s organization in a “cone of silence.” Instead, I’m told, “In …Read More

Every nonprofit needs a “dynamic duo”

February 14th, 2017

By Karen Kegg Batman and Robin, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Bert and Ernie.  These are some of the dynamic duos in pop culture who epitomize a partnership in which each one brings a unique skill to the table to accomplish a goal.  It’s a “dynamic duo”–just like a Development Director and Executive Director …Read More

Friends and funders…getting back to the basics

January 18th, 2017

By Marion Lee, CFRE The foundation world is changing.  In 2016, across the state, we saw changes in staff and board leadership and shifts in areas of interest and focus in private, community and corporate foundations.  In addition, we heard from foundations about the sometimes bad behavior that nonprofits display in seeking grants. Laying the …Read More

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