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    DARE TO LEAD

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on Nov. 7, 2019

    Those who know me, know I am always on the hunt for a good book. Recently, I had a chance to read a particularly great book: Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead.

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    Topics: Leadership, Book Club, Big L Leadership

    ECONOMIC REALITIES

    Posted by Brian Keel on Oct. 24, 2019

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is planning a four-year mission in 2022 to travel to the asteroid Psyche 16.  While space missions are interesting by default, this one is gathering a great deal of attention.  According to the headlines, this space rock is believed to be composed of platinum, nickel and enough gold to make every person on Earth a billionaire many times over. The math is straightforward. Gold sells for a certain amount per ounce, the asteroid may contain a certain number of ounces and the Earth’s population is easily estimated. 

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    Topics: financial management

    SUDDENLY IT HAPPENED

    Posted by Jason Fry on Oct. 8, 2019

    I met with an experienced Major Gift Officer recently who shared a story about a donor he’d been close to for many years. That donor had made a transformational gift to the organization he represented within his first 3 months on the job. The CEO, management team and the board were awestruck that this new guy magically pulled in one of the biggest gifts they’d ever received. The prevailing thought was, “Wow – this is what fundraising should be! Just find the rich people and ask them for money.”

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    Topics: Fundraising, Major Gifts, Nonprofit Management, Art Of The Ask

    UNDERPROMISE AND OVERSERVE

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Sep. 27, 2019

    Summer is in the rearview mirror and that can only mean one thing: budgeting time is here.

    Might we suggest you take a moment to move those antacids back to your desk?

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    Topics: Nonprofit Management, budget

    SLOW AND STEADY

    Posted by Kim Hinrichs on Sep. 17, 2019

    Recently my family of four sat down to a "friendly" game of Monopoly.  My two competitive sons and husband were eager to gobble up any property that became available to dominate the game and thereby be proclaimed Monopoly champion.  

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    Topics: Donor Cultivation, Donor Relations, Relationship Building

    CULTIVATING CURIOSITY

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on Sep. 13, 2019

    Do you have a friend or a colleague who is GREAT at asking questions? You know, the person who always seems to just know more about the people and circumstances in their lives than others? They don't just draw you into conversation, they help you build a stronger connection through the interaction.

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    Topics: Donor Relations, Cultivation, Relationships

    Friday Thoughts

    Posted by Jim Mellor on Aug. 16, 2019

    I had just started work as the new CFO of a major not for profit.  For me it was a dream come true - a job that I interviewed hard for and prayed it would be offered to me.

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    Topics: Leadership

    Building a High Performance Development Team

    Posted by Bruce Scott on Aug. 6, 2019

    Guest post from Bruce Scott of Westfall Gold. 

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    Topics: Nonprofit Staff, Development Officer, Staff Development, development team

    9 WAYS TO GET STARTED AS A FUNDRAISER

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

    All of us were new to fundraising at some point. Even if you have a long tenure as a development professional, on-boarding new staff and volunteers can be a good reminder to look with new eyes on your organization. Keep this list of nine ways to get started as a fundraiser close to hand as you build your (and your team’s) fundraising muscle.

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    Topics: Financial Development, onboarding

    WELL DONE FAITHFUL SERVANT

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Jul. 10, 2019

    "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant"

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Volunteer Appreciation, Volunteers

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