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    DBD AXIOMS: VISION LEAKS

    Posted by DBD Team on Feb. 26, 2021

    In this month's episode of the DBD Podcast, Bruce Berglund and Jon Simons discuss three leadership axioms that guide our work:

    • Vision Leaks
    • Program vs Programs
    • Numbers and Names

    If you or someone on your team need some encouragement in their leadership or resource development efforts, this 21-minute podcast offers wisdom for nonprofit, education and faith-based leaders of all kinds. 

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    Topics: Leadership, Case For Support, Nonprofit Leadership, Podcast, Nonprofit

    LEVERAGING ANNIVERSARIES

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Feb. 22, 2021

    By Anne Derber and Michele Goodrich

    If you’re lucky, your organization will achieve key milestones or anniversaries. Maybe you’ll celebrate how many years you’ve been in service to your community or perhaps you’re marking programmatic milestones such as number of pets adopted, ministry impact or neighborhoods served. Whatever you’re celebrating, you have the opportunity to use that milestone to enhance the culture of philanthropy in your organization.

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    Topics: Leadership, Communications, Gratitude, Inspiration, Success, Nonprofit, sustainability

    YOU'RE ON MUTE

    Posted by Jon Simons on Feb. 8, 2021

    It’s happened to all of us over the last year while on a video conference: you want to express a thought, respond to a question or offer an opinion and you’re the only one who can hear you talking. You’re on mute! With technology, an easy fix is just a click or two away.

    While the technology of today highlights our moments of silence, being on mute is certainly not a new phenomenon. 

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    Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership, Communication, Relationships, Nonprofit, Crucial Conversations, Clarity

    THE ROLE OF A SEARCH COMMITTEE

    Posted by Bert Ruiz on Jan. 31, 2021

    As a board member, you may experience a leadership transition at your organization during your tenure. When that time arrives, you have a responsibility as a board to take the necessary steps to ensure a successful transition. All board members will have some role in the process, but the development of a strong Search Committee is the first step.

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    Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteers, Leadership Transition, Nonprofit, CEO Search, executive search

    DBD AXIOMS: Blue Flame Case

    Posted by DBD Team on Jan. 29, 2021

    In this week's episode of the DBD Podcast, Bruce Berglund and Jon Simons discuss two additional leadership axioms that guide our work:

    • Blue Flame Case
    • Who Really Cares?

    If you've worked with us in the past these might sound familiar. Is there someone else on your staff or volunteer team who could benefit from learning these important concepts?

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    Topics: Leadership, Big L Leaders, Nonprofit Leadership, Podcast, Nonprofit, Who Really Cares

    THE THREE Rs

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jan. 1, 2021

    Happy New Year! As you settle back in after the holidays, let me suggest you take a few moments to consider the “three Rs” before getting sucked into the hustle and bustle of a new year.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Strategy, Planning, Nonprofit

    LESSONS OF GENEROSITY

    Posted by DBD Team on Dec. 16, 2020

    Earlier this week, MacKenzie Scott announced that she had given more than $4 billion to 384 organizations around the country. Some of our clients were fortunate enough to receive one of those gifts. As we read Ms. Scott’s Medium post and learned more about the organizations chosen by her and her team, we realized there are many lessons to be learned from this generous act.

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    Topics: Leadership, Donation, Major Gifts, Nonprofit Leadership, Generosity, Giving, Nonprofit

    FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN 2021

    Posted by DBD Team on Dec. 14, 2020

    In the latest episode of the DBD Podcast, Jon Simons talks to DBD teammates Brian Keel and Jim Mellor about managing nonprofit finances in the coming year. From budget forecasting to working with your bank, their forthright advice will help you make better decisions now and in the future.

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    Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership, Podcast, Nonprofit, finance, budget, financial management

    Thankless?

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Dec. 3, 2020

    I took advantage of the beautiful fall weather in Chicagoland over the Thanksgiving break to clean up my backyard. My neighbor had the same idea and we struck up a conversation. He asked me (as my mother used to ask me too) "what exactly do I do for work"?

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    Topics: Leadership, Fundraising, Nonprofit Management, Church Fundraising, Fund Development, Nonprofit

    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. 

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

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