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    CULTIVATING SUSTAINABILITY

    Posted by Brian Keel on Aug. 11, 2020

    Cultivating sustainability in an organization has long been a best practice. During 2020, we have seen this importance magnified as those who embraced a philosophy of sustainability are generally weathering the pandemic and related economic turmoil better than the rest.

    The good news: it’s never too late to embrace a sustainable mindset!

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    Topics: Nonprofit, finance, financial management, sustainability

    NONPROFIT ECOSYSTEMS PART 2

    Posted by Kellie Wardman on Jul. 29, 2020

    This is the second of a two-part series. Read the first part here. 

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    Topics: Development, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership

    NONPROFIT ECOSYSTEMS PART 1

    Posted by Kellie Wardman on Jul. 17, 2020

    In a recent strategic planning meeting, a former hospital president suggested to the committee, “We must collaborate, or we won’t survive.”

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    Topics: Development, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership

    DIRECT MAIL IS NOT DEAD

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on Jun. 24, 2020

    For years I coached my non-profit employees and volunteers about how to improve their success in securing gifts for non-profits. And for years, I lifted up the benefits of face-to-face interactions and downplayed direct response as an acceptable means of solicitation. 

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    Topics: Development, Nonprofit, Direct Mail, direct response

    LEARNING AND UNLEARNING

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jun. 8, 2020

    ,We share the grief and outrage felt by the country in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others. This must end.

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    Topics: Advocacy

    THE NEW SHAPE OF PHILANTHROPY

    Posted by DBD Team on Apr. 29, 2020

    For the past two months nonprofits have been in "emergency" fundraising mode. It has been a scramble to serve communities in new ways, make difficult staffing decisions and try to forecast an entirely new budget. 

    Many are probably thinking "I can't wait to get back to normal."

    But what if "normal" isn't the best idea for the rest of 2020? In a world still filled with uncertainty, what can we do to maximize our impact and prepare ourselves to be ready for whatever may come?

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    Topics: Nonprofit Leadership, Annual Fundraising, Fundraising Campaign, Nonprofit

    FAITH KEEPERS, STEP FORWARD

    Posted by Kellie Wardman on Apr. 24, 2020

    On a call with a client last week, working together to identify values for tough times, a word popped up: equanimity. I couldn’t remember what it meant, but it sounded like a smooth, peaceful lake, hinting of equity and justice. So I said, “Not sure if this is relevant, but what about equanimity?” She responded, “Yes! That is a perfect word.”

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Church Leadership

    RETHINKING FINANCIAL STRATEGIES

    Posted by DBD Team on Apr. 21, 2020

    Our current crisis has revealed the financial strengths and weaknesses in our companies, in our families, and in nonprofits. While no one could have anticipated this particular set of circumstances, history tells us that challenges will always come. 

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    Topics: Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Nonprofit, financial management

    THE ROLE OF GIVING DAYS

    Posted by Lora Dow on Apr. 17, 2020

    Recently, the organization that runs "Giving Tuesday" - a nationwide event normally held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving - announced it would run a new day of giving on May 5 called Giving Tuesday Now.  Giving Days come in many shapes and forms, often being sponsored by a local or regional foundation or group of non-profits. 

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    Topics: Fundraising

    HOPE, NOT HYPE

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Apr. 10, 2020

    As we continue to navigate this new reality, we are challenged to step up as leaders. Whether we’re leading a company, a nonprofit, a team or a family, people are looking to us to understand how to live, learn and work in very altered and difficult circumstances.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership

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