Category Archives: Classics

If you can’t raise it, save it

If you can’t raise it, save it

We recently heard the phrase “small up.” It means to look wisely at your resources and find ways to live with less while retaining your focus on what’s important. While the phrase is being used within the context of personal finance, it is one that can have value to a […]

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Radical thoughts on nonprofit boards

“How many of your current board members are actually worth paying? If you had to pay your members what board positions would you fund?” These questions caught our eye as we read a promotional piece for a book about philanthropy. The author, Jimmy LaRose poses some provocative thoughts in his […]

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Money Is Not Enough

Money is not enough

Nonprofits play a critical role across the country. They represent, serve and advocate for a great diversity of individuals, families and causes. They are joined in this work by foundations and corporations who provide money, resources, connections and technical assistance. In many cases it is through the work of nonprofits […]

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Time to retreat

Time for a retreat!

Summer is often associated with beaches, family vacations, hot sun and good fun. For those in the nonprofit sector summer is also the season for retreats. These are times set aside to focus on programming, strategy, growth, partnerships and – many times – fundraising. While we believe in keeping the […]

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Interim leadership: blessing or curse?

Interim leadership: blessing or curse?

One of the biggest changes within the life of a nonprofit is the change in leadership. In most cases this will be accompanied by a period of transition with an interim leader. The position is short-term and in most cases temporary. We have seen interims who serve as placeholders or […]

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Are you intimidated by your nonprofit peers?

Are you intimidated by your nonprofit peers?

It’s a funny thing how we credit others with super powers and become intimidated based on what we think we know. Here’s our advice: don’t be intimidated. Learn what contributes to success and get to work, day-by-day, building a culture of success. We understand the reality that for most organizations […]

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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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