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    FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on Jun. 16, 2021

    I’m nominating Alice S. for “Fundraiser of the Year.”

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    Topics: Success Stories, Donation, How To Ask, Art Of The Ask, Professional Development, Goals, Making The Ask

    FOUNDATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jun. 7, 2021

    In any given year, grantmaking foundations in the United States award BILLIONS of dollars to nonprofit organizations. 

    If you want to increase your chances of receiving some of those funds, consider thinking of foundations as individual donor prospects.

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    Topics: How To Ask, Asking, Strategy, Planning, Communication, Ask For Advice, Making The Ask, Preparation, grants, grant writing

    THE REAL RISK

    Posted by DBD Finance Team on May. 24, 2021

    By Jim Mellor and Brian Keel

     

    Recently the CEO of a major charity told us: “People here are dancing in the street! They can’t believe how much funding is now available to us.”  With the passage of the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan”, YMCAs, health and human service agencies, private schools, faith-based organizations, camps, and other nonprofits have access to unprecedented funds. In addition, there were other federal stimulus plans passed in 2020 and programs like 21st Century Grants, Head Start and others continue to be open for business.

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    Topics: Strategy, Planning, Ask For Advice, budget, financial management, grants

    POWERFUL QUESTIONS

    Posted by Kellie Wardman on May. 10, 2021

    A long-time executive coach once told me that the most powerful questions are ones that can be understood by a kindergartner.

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    Topics: Leadership, Ask, Nonprofit Leadership, Listening, Communication, Ideas, community

    DBD PODCAST: The Future for Nonprofits

    Posted by DBD Team on May. 3, 2021

    After a year of constraints, there are new opportunities awaiting non-profits. Before you decide to start - or delay - your next fundraising campaign, listen in as Bruce Berglund and Laura De Vries from DBD Group answer such questions as:

    • What's next for the US economy?
    • How will these economic indicators impact philanthropy?
    • When is the right time to re-engage with a strategic initiative? 
    • How should you participate in stimulus efforts in your community?
    • How will you thank those who showed up for you in the past year? 

     

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    Topics: Leadership, Case For Support, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Podcast, Nonprofit

    COURSE CORRECTION

    Posted by Robyn Furness-Fallin on Apr. 26, 2021

    In sailing you are always scanning the horizon looking for the ripples on the water – because that is where the wind is. That is how you set your course.  

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    Topics: Fundraising, Planning, Resource Development, sustainability

    WHAT'S NEXT?

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Apr. 22, 2021

    Throughout the past few months, conversations with clients from around the country have centered on one basic question:

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    Topics: Philanthropy, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Financial Development, Fundraising Campaign, Nonprofit, Resource Development, finance, financial management

    ROOKIE MISTAKES

    Posted by Kris Vrooman on Apr. 19, 2021

    The DBD grant team has reviewed A LOT of grant proposals over the years – and we mean a lot! We’ve also talked with grant makers from around the country about what they like to see and what makes them cringe. Here are the top five common mistakes we’ve seen and suggestions to lead to more successful outcomes.

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    Topics: Resource Development, grants, grant writing

    INVOLVING STAKEHOLDERS

    Posted by Bert Ruiz on Apr. 12, 2021

    As your organization prepares for an executive search, an important consideration is how to engage community stakeholders (along with board and staff) in the process.

    Why engage community stakeholders? This group can provide an external perspective on how the community views your organization, as well as challenges and opportunities facing the community. Board members and staff are typically focused on internal priorities, while this group applies an outward-facing lens.

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    Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership, Hiring, community, CEO Search, executive search

    JUST BREATHE

    Posted by Laura DeVries on Apr. 5, 2021

    A few times a day, my Apple watch reminds me to breathe.  Like many, I googled this feature when I started receiving these notifications at the most inconvenient times. Before I can hit dismiss, my watch steals my attention and I am momentarily captured as the animated flower fills the tiny screen and slowly expands and contracts.

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    Topics: Leadership, Goals, Nonprofit Leadership, Personal Development, Communication, Attitude, Happiness, Clarity

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