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20 07, 2017

25 Examples of the Worst Advice You’ve Ever Received

By |July 20th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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 [...]

29 06, 2017

Why You Should Care About Managing Up

By |June 29th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on Why You Should Care About Managing Up

Have you ever heard of the idea of “managing up?” If you haven’t, it’s something you should probably learn if you work for someone. Managing up is a simple concept. It means making sure you give your boss, board members or the person you work for have what they need when they need it. That, [...]

22 06, 2017

25 Ways to Walk the Walk of Social Good

By |June 22nd, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on 25 Ways to Walk the Walk of Social Good

Recently I had a conversation with a colleague who talked to me about the fact that she wondered if nonprofit professionals walked the walk of social good after work. I asked her what she meant by that, and she replied that she noticed that some people in her nonprofit seemed to "clock out" of doing [...]

15 06, 2017

1 Key Strategy to Ease Out a Nonprofit Board

By |June 15th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on 1 Key Strategy to Ease Out a Nonprofit Board

A few days ago I spoke to a nonprofit marketing person who told me about his painful board meeting. Rich had attended a board meeting for his charity, and instead of it being a productive and collegial meeting, it was more like an inquisition. "When it was my turn to speak about a new marketing [...]

1 06, 2017

Hustle and Catch the Fundraising Fever

By |June 1st, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on Hustle and Catch the Fundraising Fever

Not too long ago, I sent an internal message to my team. As the header, I wrote, "Sales, Sales, Sales – Key to Success: Catch the Sales Fever.” "Almost" achieving goals is not good enough. My team knows, we not only want to reach our goals, but we also want to surpass them. Growth leads [...]

23 05, 2017

2 Reasons Nonprofits Fail or Succeed in Raising Money

By |May 23rd, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on 2 Reasons Nonprofits Fail or Succeed in Raising Money

Recently I wrote an article about a report by TopNonprofits and Nonprofit Research Collaborative, which you can read here. In the findings, nonprofits in the U.S. and were experiencing a decline in fundraising revenue in the most recent year reported over the previous year. There was a 5 percent drop in the number of organizations [...]