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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 [...]

18 05, 2017

6 Easy Ways to Increase Engagement On Instagram

By |May 18th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on 6 Easy Ways to Increase Engagement On Instagram

Instagram is a great tool for schools, nonprofits, churches and civic groups to use. It’s easy, and people love it because it's all about visuals. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Why should you be on Instagram? Here are some statistics that should get you excited. Over 600 active monthly users. [...]

16 05, 2017

A Mindset for Decision Process Success

By |May 16th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on A Mindset for Decision Process Success

Recently I spoke to my team about the decision making process. I think it’s an important skill to have both for your life and career. And, if you’re the leader of an organization, you have a special obligation to master the skill. Some of us are quick decision makers. Others take their time to mull [...]

11 05, 2017

The One Ideal to Help You Develop Your Leadership in Business and Life

By |May 11th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on The One Ideal to Help You Develop Your Leadership in Business and Life

If you’ve been in business as long as I have, then you’ve probably heard about how Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company did right by their customers and demonstrated great leadership and humanity. The company was founded in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1857. In 1859, the young company relocated to Milwaukee. That year was momentous for them, [...]

4 05, 2017

Why You Have to Change Your Nonprofit Social Media Strategy

By |May 4th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on Why You Have to Change Your Nonprofit Social Media Strategy

Georgetown University Center for Social Impact Communication posted an article recently, which you can read here, about what people want on social media and how nonprofits can improve their efforts. I encourage you to take a read of the article. Every day my companies are active across many social media platforms, and with our fundraising [...]

2 05, 2017

Nonprofits Are Not Meeting Their Fundraising Goals

By |May 2nd, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on Nonprofits Are Not Meeting Their Fundraising Goals

“Take all these results together, and we are seeing the first slow-down in the rate of growth in charitable giving since the Recession of 2008 and 2009.” - Jason Lee, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals  Should nonprofit executive directors, board members, and fundraisers be worried about the results of the latest [...]