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Our sector is buffeted by change, and looking for ways to make sense of it all. Once in a while, we take a break from raising millions to offer up our two cents-worth.

Part II of III – How can you discern if this is the right position for you?

August 18th, 2016|

Why is There So Much Turnover Among Development Officers – and What Can You Do About It? PART II of III:  How can you discern if this is the right position for you? “Fit” is [...]

Part III of III- What I look for when hiring development professionals – Six Practices that Ensure the Right Fit

August 18th, 2016|

PART III of III - What I look for when hiring development professionals -  Six Practices that Ensure the Right Fit In my early 30’s I was recruited to become V.P. of Advancement for a [...]

When a Board Culture Must Change: Creating an Effective Board

March 19th, 2016|

If this headline grabbed you then you are in good company with the many non-profit leaders who want something different or more from their board.   It’s one of our sector’s great challenges. Strong non-profit boards [...]

What Do Great Fundraisers and Journalists Have in Common?

August 18th, 2016|

It wasn’t until I became a consultant that I realized the parallels between great fundraisers and great journalists.  Over the years, as I have interviewed board members, staff and donor prospects I always think about [...]

Seven Reasons Why Your Donors Have Stopped Giving To You and Are Giving to Someone Else

January 17th, 2016|

Strategies for boards and staff to keep your donors from slipping away. Why do organizations let donor relationships lapse when it costs so much to secure new ones?   Consider these real life scenarios: Your [...]

Will the 2016 political campaign affect charitable giving?

February 19th, 2016|

Could nonprofits suffer a loss of image – and gifts -- by being confused with the “social welfare organizations” designed to funnel contributions into electing politicians and affecting legislation? I am concerned. If you are [...]

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