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    FIRM IN MISSION. FLEXIBLE IN DELIVERY.

    Posted by Brian Keel on Mar. 30, 2020

    Non-profit organizations form in the hope and belief that they can address societal needs in ways that are more efficient and effective than have been previously tried.  Some organizations have a mission focused on solving a specific problem like regional homelessness or finding a cure for a disease.  Others have a broader mission that desires to serve the community in changing ways over time.  Either way, there is an inherent knowledge that while the mission is firm, the strategies and tactics needed to achieve that mission will need to be flexible over time.

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    Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Relationship Building, Nonprofit

    MOVING FORWARD

    Posted by Kellie Wardman on Mar. 22, 2020

    Let’s be honest, and real.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership

    PERSPECTIVE

    Posted by Danny Maier on Mar. 21, 2020

    I left Hong Kong after three weeks in China on January 6th.  Days later the epidemic arose.  Still in Hong Kong were my wife’s parents, two sisters, and their five children ages 13 years to 18 months – all hunkered down. And in the last 50+ days of isolation, we’ve video-called them several times a week and learned from their experience. They worked from home, their schools went on-line, mandatory social distancing, and on and on. In an international, multi-cultural city of 7 million, life changed overnight.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership

    CONNECTING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on Mar. 19, 2020

    When you consider all the things you have no control over right now, it can be overwhelming. However, there is one thing you can control. People need authentic, caring connections with others now, maybe more than ever. And you, as a non-profit leader, can role model how to display that warmth and concern over the next couple of weeks.

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    Topics: Donor Engagement, Donor Relations, Relationship Building

    WHAT WE DO KNOW

    Posted by DBD Team on Mar. 16, 2020

    UPDATED: Link here to free consultation, resources and samples from other non-profits. Updated daily.

    These are unprecedented times. So many of you have reached out to us, wondering what to do about your campaigns, your communications and more.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership

    FINDING CERTAINTY

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Mar. 5, 2020

    One doesn’t have to be glued to the news to sense the uncertainty that is gripping the stock market, our nation and even the world. As a nonprofit professional or volunteer, how do you continue to seek support for your mission while acknowledging the volatility of our political, economic and health landscape?

     

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Stewardship

    THE THANK YOU TREE

    Posted by Thom Peters on Feb. 13, 2020

    My friend Larry Webb, business owner and philanthropist, has been a big supporter of the Leelanau Conservancy in Northern Michigan. Larry is one of those donors who does not find naming opportunities important to his giving. In fact, when he was asked about a naming opportunity for this project, jokingly answered, “Just put my name on a tree.”

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Stewardship, thanks

    HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM A CONSULTANT

    Posted by DBD Team on Jan. 22, 2020

    Hiring a consultant is a big investment for a non-profit organization. If this is your first time working with a consultant, or if previous consultant engagements weren’t successful, here is some advice from our consultants to you.

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    Topics: Fund Development

    HOW IT IS GIVEN

    Posted by Robyn Furness-Fallin on Dec. 16, 2019

    As you review your yearly gifts and remaining asks, consider the following questions…

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Stewardship, gifts of stock, Donor Advised Funds

    GROW SMART

    Posted by Brian Keel on Dec. 12, 2019

    Recently, while in Bloomington, IL, the hotel shuttle driver dropped me off with the comment “welcome to the smallest airport I’ve ever seen.”  He was surprised when I assured him that I had seen several airports with fewer than nine gates.

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    Topics: Nonprofit Management, Capital Fundraising, finance

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