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17 08, 2017

What Are You Doing with Your One and Precious Life?

By |August 17th, 2017|blog, development, personal|0 Comments

As another summer will soon be drawing to a close, and as we get ready for a busy time of year, I'm grateful. I came across an old poem the other day called "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver, and I want to share part of it here with you. Tell me, what else should [...]

8 08, 2017

Philanthropy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

By |August 8th, 2017|blog, development, personal|0 Comments

Have you been paying any attention at all about artificial intelligence (AI)? Do you think that AI isn't already affecting your life and work? If you think AI is not already very much part of your existence, buddy, think again. If you haven’t heard of the Partnership on AI, you might want to check it [...]

1 08, 2017

Alert to Nonprofit Executives: It Takes Money to Make Money

By |August 1st, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on Alert to Nonprofit Executives: It Takes Money to Make Money

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article called, “It’s All About the Benjamins,” which addressed the need for nonprofit organizations to invest in their people and operations. During the last few weeks, I was approached by a major vendor to see about aligning my thought leadership with them. As of this writing, we're [...]

27 07, 2017

How to Break into the Nonprofit Sector

By |July 27th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on How to Break into the Nonprofit Sector

Earlier this week, I posted an article about the best places to look for a job opportunity in the nonprofit industry. And that got me thinking, how can people break into it if they have no experience? In case you don’t know my history, I’ll give you the abbreviated version. I started in the footwear [...]

25 07, 2017

10 of the BEST Places to Find Nonprofit Jobs

By |July 25th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on 10 of the BEST Places to Find Nonprofit Jobs

46177291 - magnifying glass over jobs section of newspaper classifieds Along the way in the work that I do with nonprofits, churches, and schools, I get people who sometimes ask me for places and resources they can use or search to help them find a job. Every day I'm on the telephone with [...]

20 07, 2017

25 Examples of the Worst Advice You’ve Ever Received

By |July 20th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on 25 Examples of the Worst Advice You’ve Ever Received

I'm always about thinking big and staying positive as much as I can. But, today I was in a meeting, and one of the people in the room was telling us about the worst piece of advice he received. And that got me thinking? What is the worst piece of advice someone ever gave you? [...]

18 07, 2017

10 of the BEST Books for Nonprofit Leaders

By |July 18th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on 10 of the BEST Books for Nonprofit Leaders

When I go out and speak to people, I'm often asked if I have any recommendations for books people can read about leadership and nonprofit management. Here's my list of books you may want to pick-up based on my reading and the recommendations of other individuals in business whom I respect. Nonprofit Management 101: A [...]

13 07, 2017

Don’t Insult Your Job Applicants with a Phony Form Letter

By |July 13th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on Don’t Insult Your Job Applicants with a Phony Form Letter

A few days ago I was scrolling through a group on Facebook, and I stopped to read the comments on a post. A nonprofit sent a letter to a job applicant in the mail and essentially informed her that she was not chosen for the position. You would think that’s a good thing, but not [...]

11 07, 2017

A Board Member’s Health Versus a Nonprofits Need

By |July 11th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on A Board Member’s Health Versus a Nonprofits Need

I learned of a small nonprofit that had to deal with a board member who was not able to fulfill his responsibilities due to cancer. A colleague of mine, whom I'll call Jim, said to me there was a "raging internal debate" about whether to keep this board member or force the individual to resign. [...]

6 07, 2017

Ending Charity as We Know It with Opportunity

By |July 6th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on Ending Charity as We Know It with Opportunity

If you’re a donor, executive director or team member at a nonprofit, I have a question for you. Do you think the current philanthropic model works and empowers those you serve in deciding how and what benefits them most? Although I believe that charity is necessary for some instances, I don't believe our current philanthropic [...]