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5 02, 2019

3 Strategies Your Nonprofit Can Use to Fundraise With Technology

By |February 5th, 2019|blog, news, Nonprofit Leadership|Comments Off on 3 Strategies Your Nonprofit Can Use to Fundraise With Technology

HeatherPaque / Pixabay If you're a Facebook user, you've probably noticed something, which is your friends celebrating their birthdays or an event in their lives with a crowdfunding campaign. Welcome to more fundraising with technology. Una Osili, an economics professor and philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University said [...]

1 01, 2019

For the New Year Make Lots of Mistakes

By |January 1st, 2019|blog, personal, Personal Inspiration|Comments Off on For the New Year Make Lots of Mistakes

Free-Photos / Pixabay Every year, many of us wonder how the time flies, and we find ourselves once again only hours into the beginning of a new year. Today, millions will be thinking about resolutions to do better and be better. Many others know that most people don't follow through on those resolutions, [...]

31 05, 2018

The Importance of Displeasing People and Saying No

By |May 31st, 2018|blog, personal, Personal Inspiration|Comments Off on The Importance of Displeasing People and Saying No

Recently, I was sitting around with my team, and we were talking about the stories of candidates who wanted to work at our social enterprise. We had a terrific chuckle around the table as we told stories about the people who really should know better. Distance is a Problem For instance, I had a person [...]

21 02, 2017

5 Ways to Network Easily If You’re an Introvert

By |February 21st, 2017|blog, Development, personal|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Network Easily If You’re an Introvert

When I was a kid, I was quiet and a bit of an introvert. When I started out in the business world, I was an awkward 15-year-old kid who hadn't yet grown comfortable in his 6'4" frame. And although in my world today I enjoy connecting with people, speaking on the telephone (including cold calling), [...]

10 01, 2017

Your Relationship with Donors is a Two-Way Street

By |January 10th, 2017|blog, Nonprofit Leadership, personal|Comments Off on Your Relationship with Donors is a Two-Way Street

Not too long ago I was speaking to a director of development at a school. Susan was excited because she had been working for two years trying to get her principal and the board started on a strategic plan. As any good fundraiser knows, a good strategic plan helps clarify fundraising goals and priorities. I [...]

21 07, 2016

Stop Hiding Behind Your Phone Texts and Social Media Posts

By |July 21st, 2016|blog, Development, personal|Comments Off on Stop Hiding Behind Your Phone Texts and Social Media Posts

What’s wrong with people these days? It seems like many people are hiding behind their phones. They send texts and post passive aggressive diatribes on social media. When did social media and text messages become the only form of communication? Here’s the deal, texts and social media posts or tweets are fine. There’s a purpose [...]

5 05, 2016

5 Easy Ways to Promote Your School

By |May 5th, 2016|blog, Development, personal|Comments Off on 5 Easy Ways to Promote Your School

You might not think that you need to promote your school, but the fact of the matter is that you do. Although your school is part of the fabric of your local community, there are other schools in the neighborhood. Many times parents do have choices in terms of where they place their children. You [...]

7 03, 2016

Dealing With The Negative People Who Just Won’t Quit Bugging You

By |March 7th, 2016|blog, Business, news|Comments Off on Dealing With The Negative People Who Just Won’t Quit Bugging You

Negativity. We all get it in our lives. It happens at work, in our personal lives, and on social media. Those of us who are trying to do some good experience negativity – or trolls in the last case. I’ve had to deal with fools who have nothing better to do with their lives than [...]

15 02, 2016

5 Ways You Can Tell If Someone Is Not Being Authentic

By |February 15th, 2016|blog, Marketing, personal|Comments Off on 5 Ways You Can Tell If Someone Is Not Being Authentic

If you look enough at social media and self-improvement books, there’s a lot of discussion happening about being "authentic". What in the world does being authentic mean? Simple. It means being true to who you are as a person. Why is this important? Because it leads to a happier and more peaceful existence. You want to [...]

23 07, 2015

You’re Fired!

By |July 23rd, 2015|blog, Nonprofit Leadership|Comments Off on You’re Fired!

Earlier in the year, I had a call from a supplier. He told me he would have to raise the price of supplies he sold to us. It would be significant. It didn’t sound like there would be any room for negotiation. I had a sense then that things were going to come to a [...]