Blog

    DBD AXIOMS: Interest and Capacity

    Posted by DBD Team on Oct. 15, 2020

    In this week's episode of the DBD Podcast, Bruce Berglund and Jon Simons discuss two more leadership axioms that guide our work. If you've worked with us in the past these probably will sound familiar. Consider who else on your staff or volunteer team could benefit from learning these important concepts. 

    Read More

    Topics: Leadership, Big L Leaders, Nonprofit Leadership, Podcast, Nonprofit

    MOVE THE C

    Posted by Brian Keel on Oct. 6, 2020

    Most of us have spent a good portion of 2020 reacting to the multitude of changes in our work lives and home lives. Whether we reacted wisely or poorly, we were still responding to something happening outside our control.

    Read More

    Topics: Leadership, Big L Leaders, Nonprofit Leadership, Nonprofit

    DBD AXIOMS: Leadership Is Everything

    Posted by DBD Team on Sep. 29, 2020

    In the latest episode of the DBD Podcast, Bruce Berglund and Jon Simons discuss several leadership axioms that guide our work. If you've worked with us in the past, or attended one of our trainings, one or more of these might sound familiar. 

    Read More

    Topics: Leadership, Big L Leaders, Nonprofit Leadership, Podcast, Nonprofit

    DROP THE PADDLE

    Posted by DBD Team on Sep. 2, 2020

    "As he stepped off the map into uncharted territory, Meriwether Lewis discovered that what was in front of him was nothing like what was behind him and that what had brought him to this point in the journey would take him no farther. ... [Lewis was] looking for a water route, and they had run out of water. How do you canoe over mountains?"

    Read More

    Topics: Leadership, Big L Leaders, Nonprofit Leadership, Nonprofit

    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!

    Read More

    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. 

    Read More

    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.”

    Read More

    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. 

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

    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?

    Read More

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

    Our Latest Posts

    Subscribe