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Summer means…

June 20th, 2017

“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –Henry James For most nonprofit staff members, summer typically brings a slight slow-down in program activity, although for some it can be the busiest time of the year particularly if you’re running a summer camp or enrichment program. …Read More

The revolving door: Turnover in the Development profession

May 15th, 2017

By Alexis De Sela Your Development Director just handed you her resignation. It takes you completely off-guard. You thought this was “the one” who would stay because she was 14 months into her tenure. You had no idea she was looking at other opportunities or that she was unhappy in any way, and this will …Read More

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

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