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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


Lee+ Associates unveils new name and logo

November 28th, 2016

Marion Lee and her team at Lee+ Associates are revealing the firm’s new name. In announcing the firm’s new name, Lee reiterated that the firm’s passion and commitment to serving nonprofits remains solid.  “The strong foundation begun in 2000 when Mike Bacon and I formed Bacon Lee & Associates continues to this day.  Alexis De …Read More


When were YOU most sincerely thanked for your nonprofit gift?

November 21st, 2016

By Joyce Penland, CFRE As we mark the fourth quarter of the year—typically the most charitable time of the year—we’re reminded that thanking is an essential element of the “giving circle” of cultivating, asking, and stewarding our donors.  We would argue that the “thanking” portion of the giving circle is the MOST important part of …Read More


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