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What will your references say about your organization?

When people want to know more about your nonprofit, who do they talk to? Who serves as a reference? How can you help ensure your references speak knowledgeably and with specifics? Don’t take your references for granted. Take time to talk with those you ask to serve as a reference. Ask […]

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It’s not over: expanding the impact of father’s day

It’s not over: expanding the impact of father’s day

We need more than a day to celebrate Father’s Day. It’s just gone too soon. It’s one Sunday and then we are back to the every day. Let’s expand Father’s Day by increasing its impact. We can do this by choosing to give to organizations that support boys, young men […]

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Planned Confusion Solutions

Planned Confusion Solutions

Part two of a two part series Planned confusion can take you down. It’s like a fog. It envelopes everything, but you can’t pin it down. Nothing is moving forward, but everyone says “I’m on board.” If you don’t intervene you may find yourself – and your organization – strangled […]

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Planned Confusion

Planned Confusion

Part one of a two part series Does your board, committee, or team meet over and over again without gaining any traction, let alone achieving anything that could be considered success or just completion? If you answer “yes” you may be suffering from planned confusion. Sometimes we are our own […]

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Patience and time – everything won’t happen by Friday

Patience and time – everything won’t happen by Friday

The most effective leaders we have met keep their long term vision in focus. They simultaneously take advantage of immediate opportunities, and build capacity for the long term. These individuals have an understanding of the environment they are operating within, and are always building relationships that bring their organization closer […]

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Understanding the fundraising process will decrease your stress

Understanding the fundraising process will decrease your stress

Pressure and stress can be the name of the game when it comes to nonprofit fundraising. That’s to be expected. But you don’t need to raise the stress level unnecessarily. Here is one way to decrease your stress. We recently had the opportunity to speak with a nonprofit leader who […]

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THREE POWERFUL FUNDRAISING TOOLS

Three Powerful Fundraising Tools

Every time we work with an organization, agency or college we experience a deep kindred feeling with the people gathered at the table. Whether presenting information, listening to concerns, or developing strategies we are also meeting new friends. We are witnessing diverse individuals put their beliefs into action, and we […]

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A powerful way to honor mothers

A powerful way to honor mothers

Mother’s Day is almost here. Most of us get mom a card. Many of us like to give flowers or candy, take mom to dinner, or have a gathering at the house. But these are short-lived. The flowers wither, the food is eaten and the cards are forgotten. You’ve created […]

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It’s easier to blame technology than to assess human capacity. But that’s not a winning strategy. Learn how to improve the “human factor”

Choosing and using a donor management system – Part 2

The complaints associated with using technology to support fundraising are many and varied. Unfortunately the “human factor” plays a large role in how well a specific database or tool performs. We touched on a few of these in part one of this series. These include taking the time to evaluate […]

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Complaints about fundraising technology are many, varied, & never-ending. Reduce your stress w insights from Ashley Harper #fundraising Key words: nonprofit management, donor management, nonprofit technology

Choosing and using a donor management system – Part 1

Technology makes the world go round. And that includes the world of fundraising. The complaints related to fundraising technology are many and varied. Some people complain they can’t produce “simple” reports requested by management. Others are vexed by the stand-alone nature of a product. Integrating with accounting is a common […]

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