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    SHARE YOUR PROGRESS

    Posted by Bert Ruiz

    A typical executive search usually takes a few months from start to finish with key steps throughout the process. As the committee does its work, it’s important to communicate the status of the process to key stakeholders and applicants. It may seem simple, but many organizations skip these basic steps. And when you don’t share your progress, both candidates and your board can be left feeling that the process is cold and disorganized.

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    Topics: Leadership, Strategy, Relationship Building, Communication, Hiring, Interviewing

    POWERFUL QUESTIONS

    Posted by Kellie Wardman

    A long-time executive coach once told me that the most powerful questions are ones that can be understood by a kindergartner.

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    Topics: Leadership, Ask, Nonprofit Leadership, Listening, Communication, Ideas, community

    DBD PODCAST: The Future for Nonprofits

    Posted by DBD Team

    After a year of constraints, there are new opportunities awaiting non-profits. Before you decide to start - or delay - your next fundraising campaign, listen in as Bruce Berglund and Laura De Vries from DBD Group answer such questions as:

    • What's next for the US economy?
    • How will these economic indicators impact philanthropy?
    • When is the right time to re-engage with a strategic initiative? 
    • How should you participate in stimulus efforts in your community?
    • How will you thank those who showed up for you in the past year? 

     

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

    INVOLVING STAKEHOLDERS

    Posted by Bert Ruiz

    As your organization prepares for an executive search, an important consideration is how to engage community stakeholders (along with board and staff) in the process.

    Why engage community stakeholders? This group can provide an external perspective on how the community views your organization, as well as challenges and opportunities facing the community. Board members and staff are typically focused on internal priorities, while this group applies an outward-facing lens.

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    Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership, Hiring, community, CEO Search, executive search

    JUST BREATHE

    Posted by Laura DeVries

    A few times a day, my Apple watch reminds me to breathe.  Like many, I googled this feature when I started receiving these notifications at the most inconvenient times. Before I can hit dismiss, my watch steals my attention and I am momentarily captured as the animated flower fills the tiny screen and slowly expands and contracts.

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    Topics: Leadership, Goals, Nonprofit Leadership, Personal Development, Communication, Attitude, Happiness, Clarity

    CREATING A MAJOR GIFTS CULTURE IN 2021

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    By Bruce Berglund and Jan Brogdon

    Too often, major gift efforts are confined to the framework of a campaign. We ask for these gifts when we have a goal, but we really don’t work to cultivate those major gift donors between and before campaigns. In a time where capital campaigns were slowed or even stopped, some organizations used 2020 to grow a deeper connection with major gift donors. How can the learnings from their experiences, and yours, shape the way you move forward from here?

    Any of you that have worked with us know that we believe Case, Leadership, Prospects and a Plan are the key elements of successful fundraising. Consider how you can use this structure as you analyze your own situation.

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    Topics: Leadership, Learning, Donation, Major Gifts, Case For Support, Asking, Goals, Nonprofit Leadership, Case Statement, Fundraising Campaign, Gift Of Giving, Covid

    EMPATHY

    Posted by Jon Simons

    How ironic is it that a year of forced isolation has actually provided us the ability to connect with each other in a deep, meaningful and global scale? 

    How are you doing?” has shifted from a casual greeting to a meaningful invitation to connect through a common, shared experience.

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    Topics: Leadership, Grit, Gratitude, Goals, Nonprofit Leadership, Communication, Relationships, Nonprofit, Happiness, Covid

    DBD AXIOMS: VISION LEAKS

    Posted by DBD Team

    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 Purpose
    • 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

    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

    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

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