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


    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


    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


    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


    Posted by Mike Bussey on Jul. 10, 2019

    "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant"

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Volunteer Appreciation, Volunteers


    Posted by Robin Jordan on Jul. 8, 2019

    I recently had an enlightening conversation with two smart, ambitious high school graduates. They were ready to take on the world. Both had a positive attitude towards planning and fulfilling future goals.  One of the things we discussed was the transition from high school to college. When I asked the about their pre-college summer plans, the graduates’ response was they were going to have a “chill summer”. 

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Stewardship, Renewal, Fundraising Campaign, Church Stewardship

    1 + 1 = 3

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jun. 25, 2019

    In recent years, nonprofit leaders have shown an increasing interest in developing collaborative relationships with other organizations. Several factors motivate this interest, including: encouragement from major funders, a need to conserve resources, an opportunity to eliminate duplication of services and a strategy for increasing overall capacity.

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    Topics: Collaborations, Collaboration


    Posted by Brian Keel on Jun. 4, 2019

    Who doesn’t love budgeting?  Whether it’s getting your arms around spending at home, watching members of Congress debate on C-SPAN or sitting through meetings at the office, budgeting is one of the great joys of life…Right?

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    Topics: finance, budget

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