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


    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Sep. 5, 2016

    Part of our work and counsel with our clients is to conduct feasibility studies. We have the opportunity to visit with 25-30 top community leaders and philanthropists, asking them about the image of the non-profit, the proposed plans and who might help raise money and/or be donors of the vision.

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    Topics: Leadership, Big L Leadership


    Posted by DBD Team on Mar. 8, 2016
    Our board just isn’t a fundraising board.

    We hear that feedback from nonprofit leaders – both staff and volunteer – nearly every day. Whether it’s said with regret or with frustration, nonprofits, schools and churches are clearly puzzled as to why their board seems disengaged or focused on less-important minutiae.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Art Of The Ask, Volunteer Management, Endowment, Campaign Leadership, Annual, Capital, Big L Leadership


    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jul. 20, 2015

    One of the more interesting trends we’ve noticed in capital campaigns is a shift in leadership structure. Instead of individual chairs, we’re commonly seeing co-chairs, tri-chairs, honorary chairs and more. While this may seem like a suspect idea at first – if everyone is in charge, no one is in charge – it turns out to work really well in this critical volunteer capacity.

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    Topics: Leadership, Campaign Leadership, Volunteers, Big L Leadership


    Posted by Bruce Berglund on May. 19, 2015

    As I look at our feasibility study data over the last several years, I see a theme emerging. Many of the nonprofits we worked with used to be supported by “Class A,” powerful boards. These boards represented the best leadership their communities had to offer. But over time, the sands have shifted and their boards are no longer as effective as they used to be. Why is that?

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Board Development, Nonprofit Leadership, Big L Leadership

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