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    KEEPING YOUR BALANCE

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on May. 29, 2017

    We’re coming into the summer months and as usual, we want to make the most of these fleeting months. One of the biggest complaints I hear from staff I work with is that they have no control over their work/life balance. I wish to disagree.

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    Topics: Nonprofit Leadership

    WHAT NOT TO STOP

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on May. 23, 2016

    Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with nonprofits in crisis. These are challenging times when the powerful mission of an organization runs into the financial realities of delivering that mission.

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    Topics: Annual Campaign, Nonprofit Leadership, Debt Reduction

    SEEKING ADVICE

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Mar. 1, 2016

    Recently I had the opportunity to meet with the president of a large family foundation. We had a great dialogue regarding the value of feasibility studies today. He was quite wary of studies that didn’t involve the not-for-profit staff or studies that only tested the viability of the campaign goal.

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    Topics: Nonprofit Leadership, Feasibility, Foundation, Ask For Advice, Cultivation

    MORE THAN JUST FILLING SEATS

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Nov. 12, 2015

    Many of our clients across the country are preparing for the start of their annual or year-end giving campaigns. Among one of the most important “to-do’s” is to get the right campaign volunteers in place before a single dollar is raised.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Annual Campaign, Nonprofit Leadership, Leadership Recruitment

    CLIMBING OUT

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jun. 16, 2015

    In their eagerness to get a building opened, or as a result of calamitous economic changes, too many nonprofit boards have found themselves with more debt than their organization can bear. When your “customer” becomes the bank rather than the community, it’s time get serious about reducing debt.

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    Topics: Nonprofit Leadership, Debt Reduction

    SHIFTING SANDS

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on May. 19, 2015

    As I look at our feasibility study data over the last several years, I see a theme emerging. Many of the nonprofits we worked with used to be supported by “Class A,” powerful boards. These boards represented the best leadership their communities had to offer. But over time, the sands have shifted and their boards are no longer as effective as they used to be. Why is that?

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Board Development, Nonprofit Leadership, Big L Leadership

    DON’T NEGLECT YOUR FAMILY

    Posted by Lora Dow on Jul. 8, 2014

    Part of any fundraising campaign involves the solicitation of gifts from board and staff. Sometimes we call this the “family campaign.” It often comes at the beginning of an annual effort or during the “quiet phase” of a capital campaign.

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    Topics: Donor Cultivation, Art Of The Ask, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteers

    RESOLUTIONS: WHAT TO STOP

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jan. 28, 2014

    An article from the December 30, 2013 issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy suggests an unconventional approach to New Year’s resolutions for nonprofit leaders. Instead of providing a list of things to add; it recommends things to stop doing. The list was compiled with input from experts in the nonprofit field and provides some thought provoking ideas for consideration.

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    Topics: Fundraising, Nonprofit Management, Resolutions, Endowment, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteers

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