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Can you ask for more than money?

Can you ask for more than money?

Many nonprofit leaders put their heart into pursuing a gift only to have the proposal declined. When this happens, offer opportunities beyond a cash gift. It might be slower, but involvement increases chances of a gift at another time.

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Honoring Ida B. Wells

“Agitation, though helpful, will not alone stop the crime. Year after year statistics are published, meetings are held, resolutions are adopted and yet lynchings go on…The only certain remedy is an appeal to law.” – 1909 – Ida B. Wells

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In case of emergency, who do you call?

In case of emergency, who do you call?

Identifying who can step in to assist during an unplanned staff departure can help ensure continuity of operations. Four proactive steps your nonprofit can take to prepare for unexpected leadership changes. Know your key staff members and what to do.

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Donor, funder, sponsor, partner?

Different names are used by people to describe their giving; and different names are used by nonprofits to describe those who give to them. When words are used with different meanings confusion can creep into a relationship creating confusion.

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Nonprofit CEO board meeting meltdown

The nonprofit “meltdown” comes 72 hours before a board meeting: Everything else stops. The agenda keeps changing, which changes the info in the board packet. Staff wonder, “will there be a quorum?” as they don’t know which board members will attend.

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Board Alert! – Do your local candidates know you?

Board Alert! – Do your local candidates know you?

Sometimes we forget that nonprofits emerge to meet needs that result from public policies and legislation. We have to change the conditions that lead to situations where nonprofits must form and raise funds to deal with effects of systemic issues.

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Are you politically astute?

Are you politically astute?

We were informing the community and keeping them apprised of the issue. That is different from being partisan. By definition, a partisan is someone or group attached to a political party. In this example we were neither for nor against the issue.

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Nonprofit leadership transition: how will you be judged?

Nonprofits retool to meet a community need

We as nonprofits must use our resources, relationships, and the trust we have built with those we serve to ensure people can vote and that their vote is counted. We must “retool” to help people exercise their right to vote.

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Nonprofit leadership transition: how will you be judged?

Nonprofit leadership transition: how will you be judged, now or later

Most outstanding CEOs think their tenure is forever. They don’t want to think about their time as a leader coming to an end. We understand. You are on top of your game, you are giving your all to your organization… But that is selfish and unfair.

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Equity and public policy

Given that so much inequity is built into systems, addressing equity through organization design or service delivery, without looking at public policy is missing perhaps the biggest piece of the puzzle.

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