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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 [...]

25 04, 2017

7 Ways to Overcome the Toughest Fundraising Challenges

By |April 25th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on 7 Ways to Overcome the Toughest Fundraising Challenges

Have you ever thought that your volunteers and supporters would help you raise money or awareness only to find when the moment arrives they all but disappear? Then, you sit there and wonder what happened. I’ve been in sales a long time. One of the reasons why that happens is that people don't want to [...]

20 04, 2017

The True Meaning of Digging Deeper

By |April 20th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on The True Meaning of Digging Deeper

What if I told you that you could have what you want in life, but you’re going to have to work harder? You wouldn’t be too happy. Perhaps you’d roll your eyes or give me an exasperated huff. You already work hard. How in the world can you work even harder? Where are you supposed [...]