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    NEEDY VS WORTHY

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Apr. 23, 2019

    I have the wonderful opportunity to learn from our clients and their volunteers across the country. The wonderful balance of staff and volunteer engagement makes this work rich and rewarding.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Board Leadership, Development, Making The Ask, Donor, Nonprofit

    VOLUNTEER CHURN

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Apr. 24, 2018

    April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. Today Michele warns us not to ignore “retired” volunteers.

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    Topics: Volunteer, Volunteer Development, Donor Stewardship, Volunteer Leadership

    GET CLOSE

    Posted by Lora Dow on Sep. 6, 2017

    At the 2017 Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit, the DBD team was once again inspired and challenged by incredible stories of leadership and vision. Each year it seems a story will dig into our hearts and not let go.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Board Development, Volunteer Management, Bryan Stevenson

    A BIAS FOR ACTION

    Posted by Lora Dow on Apr. 6, 2017

    One of our tenants at Donor By Design Group is that we have “a bias for action.” I’ve talked about this with prospective clients and most of them give me the “oh boy, here comes some consultant speak” eyeroll.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership

    BEST OF DBD 2016: LEADERSHIP

    Posted by DBD Team on Dec. 15, 2016

    As we come to the end of 2016, we’re taking a look back at the posts that inspired the most conversations on the blog and with our clients. Today’s topic? Leadership.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Board Development, Volunteer Management, Board Management, Best Of

    THE TIMES ARE A-CHANGIN’

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Dec. 12, 2016

    Bob Dylan’s song, “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” came out in the mid-1960s when the largest population cohort in history, known as the Baby Boomers, emerged and began to shake up the status-quo. Their attitudes and beliefs were very different from previous generations and their collective influence changed almost every aspect of our culture.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Volunteer Management, Millennials

    PASSING THE BATON, PART 2

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on Nov. 21, 2016

    In his recent post, Bruce highlighted the questions and opportunities that arise when there is change in leadership at the top of an organization. But what about a change in the Development Officer role?

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Donor Management, Development Officer

    ENTERING THE UNKNOWN

    Posted by Lora Dow on Oct. 3, 2016

    This October, the Donor By Design team is tackling spooky situations in development. Join us this month for hair-raising stories and cautionary tales of frightful fundraising!

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Leadership Development, Volunteer Management

    A BUG’S EYE VIEW

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jul. 5, 2016

    Last week I had the opportunity to work with the leaders of a resident camp in the midst of their summer camping season.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Case For Support, Inspiration, Camp

    REINVIGORATING VOLUNTEER TEAMS

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on May. 31, 2016

    In this series, the DBD Team will take a deeper look at some of the axioms we use when working with our clients. In today’s blog, Jan Brogdon reflects on our axiom: Boards Don’t Heal Themselves.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Recruitment

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