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    DBD PODCAST: FALL FORWARD PART 1

    Posted by DBD Team

    Covid-19 disrupted plans and services for non-profit organizations across the country.  Many programs had to be re-conceived and significant changes were made under pressure.  With these unprecedented circumstances, some significant lessons were learned and in some cases, opportunities occurred.  What creative problem solving arose for leaders and teams and what new community partnerships emerged?  

    In the Fall Forward DBD Podcast series, Jon Simons interviews leaders about how they were able to innovate and serve their community in challenging times.

    In part one, DBD Group's Jon Simons interviews Justin Ihne, CEO of YMCA Plattsburgh in New York.

    Justin shares insights into how he and his team were able to choose "creation" over "crisis", pivot, and deliver exceptional service to their community.

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    Topics: Podcast, Ymca, Big L Leadership, Family YMCA, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership, Covid

    5 WAYS TO END THE YEAR STRONG AND STRATEGIC

    Posted by Kellie Wardman

    2022 is right around the corner! As we enter the fourth quarter and begin to wrap up a challenging year, it’s an opportune time to look forward. Following are five things to consider as you think about strategic thinking and planning in this new era.

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    Topics: Goal Setting, Mission, Strategy, Planning, Nonprofit Staff, Fundraising Campaign, Nonprofit, Collaboration, Preparation, community, Covid

    DBD PODCAST: Engaging Local Government as a Major Donor/Partner

    Posted by DBD Team

    As a non-profit, how can you connect with local government policy makers who share your vision to serve your community? 

    What knowledge as a "boots on the ground" organization can you contribute to your collaboration with city or state government elected officials to serve your community better?

    In this month's episode of the DBD Podcast, Jon Simons interviews two leaders in the Richmond, VA area who share their insights about successful partnerships between the non-profit sector and local government: Abigail Farris Rogers,  President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Richmond, and Eva Colen, Manager of Office of Children and Families for the city of Richmond, VA.

    This insightful podcast will give you practical ways to engage with your local government to create partnerships that help to serve your community in deeper ways and help officials to solve problems with more efficient, informed solutions, and better policies.

     

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    Topics: Collaborations, Podcast, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership

    DBD PODCAST: Partnerships and Collaborations

    Posted by DBD Team

    What are the questions you should ask before engaging in a collaboration? 

    What are the characteristics of successful - and not successful - partnerships?

    In this month's episode of the DBD Podcast, Bruce Berglund, Kellie Wardman and Jon Simons discuss the opportunities and challenges that come with partnering or  collaborating with other organizations. 

    This engaging 24 minute podcast will give you, your team and your volunteers a solid background to making the most of collaborative opportunities that come your way. 

     

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    Topics: Collaborations, Podcast, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership

    CARING FOR STAFF

    Posted by Robin Jordan

    The past year has been challenging for everyone. As someone who works with nonprofits, I have been impressed and moved by how these organizations have stepped up to serve their communities in new ways. They’ve managed to make a positive impact for others, even with severe constraints.

    The most important resource any organization has is its staff. Many nonprofits, like their counterparts in businesses, were forced to furlough or lay off employees as revenue streams dried up during the pandemic. That means that the staff who remained were often doing the jobs of several people while also trying to identify new ways of serving that would help to keep people safer during the pandemic.

    Taking care of staff is always critical, but today it is more important than ever.

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    Topics: Nonprofit Leadership, Culture, Communication, Appreciation, Nonprofit, Collaboration, Kindness, Covid

    BORING YOUR BOARD

    Posted by Kellie Wardman

    By Kellie Wardman

    Does your non-profit have Save-As-Itis?

    Meaning, do you tend to open your previous board meeting’s agenda and click File > Save As to create the next one, plugging in the new date and modifying a few things here and there?

    If that’s the case, you may not be leveraging the true brain power and contributions of board members.

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    Topics: Board Management, Communication, Death By Meeting, Nonprofit, Collaboration

    NONPROFIT ECOSYSTEMS PART 2

    Posted by Kellie Wardman

    This is the second of a two-part series. Read the first part here. 

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    Topics: Development, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership

    NONPROFIT ECOSYSTEMS PART 1

    Posted by Kellie Wardman

    In a recent strategic planning meeting, a former hospital president suggested to the committee, “We must collaborate, or we won’t survive.”

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    Topics: Development, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership

    1 + 1 = 3

    Posted by Michele Goodrich

    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

    BUILDING A SHARED VISION

    Posted by Sara Luke

    Currently at more than $5 million on their original $4.3 million capital goal, Betsy and Kristi aren’t done yet. The Executive Directors at the Itasca County Family YMCA and ElderCircle respectively are building the shared vision that started more than four years ago.

    In 2010, the Itasca County Family YMCA, ElderCircle and the City of Grand Rapids began talking about the area’s changing needs. It quickly became clear that the three share a steadfast commitment to a better community, and knew it could be stronger if they worked together.

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Family YMCA, Collaboration, Eldercircle, Itasca County

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