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There's always more to accomplish

Last week we met with the executive director and board chair for an organization that is interested in raising money so they can expand their reach to serve people they aren’t yet reaching. Their history and current successes are strong and impressive. But that’s not enough for them. In fact […]

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There’s always more to accomplish

Last week we met with the executive director and board chair for an organization that is interested in raising money so they can expand their reach to serve people they aren’t yet reaching. Their history and current successes are strong and impressive. But that’s not enough for them. In fact […]

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Let's Check The Minutes

Everyone has pet peeves. We are no exception. One thing we have noticed in our work is that the quality of minutes taken – or not taken – at meetings make a big impact on an organization’s effectiveness. Meetings are a valuable investment of time on the part of those […]

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Let’s Check The Minutes

Everyone has pet peeves. We are no exception. One thing we have noticed in our work is that the quality of minutes taken – or not taken – at meetings make a big impact on an organization’s effectiveness. Meetings are a valuable investment of time on the part of those […]

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Proposal Writing in the Age of Twitter

Welcome guest blogger Cheryl Clarke. Here’s Cheryl’s words of wisdom on proposal writing in the age of twitter. Twitter proposals.  That’s what I call those online grant application forms that ask a series of questions which applicants must answer within a specified word, or even character, count.  Can a nonprofit agency effectively […]

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Individual Donor Research – San Francisco Workshop

Major Gifts on Limited Time: Using Research to Prioritize Prospects Presented by Barbara Pierce Friday, August 14, 2009, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Development Executives Roundtable (DER) Location: The Foundation Center, 312 Sutter Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco Co-sponsored by The Foundation Center With so many responsibilities, how do you decide […]

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Boards and Fundraising: Common Complaints and Proposed Solutions

We hear a lot about boards and fundraising.  Below are comments and questions we hear from leadership and staff of organizations and from board members.  Do these sound familiar? Take a look. Common staff comments and questions: How can we get our board more involved with fundraising? We give them […]

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Are you a 50% Giver?

“My wife and I decided to give away all our income above the U.S. median household income.” – Tom Hsieh. Do you know anyone who gives away 50% of their income? Believe it or not, people do. And they feel good.

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Passion, Creativity and Fundraising

When you work with a non-profit organization that is in line with your personal mission and values then everything is possible. Your creativity is sparked and you look to engage people with your non-profit and how you can advance its work.

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Ed McMahon and black history

This week America mourns the passing of Ed McMahon an entertainment giant, household name, and trusted American icon. He is remembered by the general public for his 30 years as Johnny Carson’s side-kick on The Tonight Show, his 12 years as the host of Star Search and his 16 years […]

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