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    HOLD THE LINE

    Posted by Jason Fry on Apr. 2, 2020

    “Hold the line…love isn’t always on time…oh oh oh.” (Familiar with this Toto song?)

    Like love, flights out of Newark, expense reports (at least mine) and fundraising campaigns – sometimes we just don’t have control over things being “on time.”

    We’ve said before that donors don’t really care that you were supposed to finish your annual campaign in March. Or that your capital campaign was supposed to be in the “community” phase by now. Especially during today's uncertainty, most people don’t care that your campaign timing might be off.

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    Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Relationship Building, Nonprofit

    FIRM IN MISSION. FLEXIBLE IN DELIVERY.

    Posted by Brian Keel on Mar. 30, 2020

    Non-profit organizations form in the hope and belief that they can address societal needs in ways that are more efficient and effective than have been previously tried.  Some organizations have a mission focused on solving a specific problem like regional homelessness or finding a cure for a disease.  Others have a broader mission that desires to serve the community in changing ways over time.  Either way, there is an inherent knowledge that while the mission is firm, the strategies and tactics needed to achieve that mission will need to be flexible over time.

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    Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Relationship Building, Nonprofit

    MOVING FORWARD

    Posted by Kellie Wardman on Mar. 22, 2020

    Let’s be honest, and real.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership

    PERSPECTIVE

    Posted by Danny Maier on Mar. 21, 2020

    I left Hong Kong after three weeks in China on January 6th.  Days later the epidemic arose.  Still in Hong Kong were my wife’s parents, two sisters, and their five children ages 13 years to 18 months – all hunkered down. And in the last 50+ days of isolation, we’ve video-called them several times a week and learned from their experience. They worked from home, their schools went on-line, mandatory social distancing, and on and on. In an international, multi-cultural city of 7 million, life changed overnight.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership

    WHAT WE DO KNOW

    Posted by DBD Team on Mar. 16, 2020

    UPDATED: Link here to free consultation, resources and samples from other non-profits. Updated daily.

    These are unprecedented times. So many of you have reached out to us, wondering what to do about your campaigns, your communications and more.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership

    DARE TO LEAD

    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

    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

    STEP UP YOUR GAME

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Oct. 2, 2018

    It was day two of the Global Leadership Summit and the first speaker of the day was Rasmus Ankersen, a young soccer team owner from the Netherlands. Our expectations weren’t high. What could he have to teach us about leadership or how to help our clients succeed?

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    Topics: Leadership, Rasmus Ankersen, Nonprofit Management

    BE A LEADER, NOT A LID

    Posted by Jon Simons on Sep. 20, 2018

    Speaking at the Global Leadership Summit this summer, Craig Groeschel, co-founder and senior pastor of Life Church summarized the need for (and power of) delegation with one challenging statement: “Don’t become the lid to your organization.”

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    Topics: Leadership

    GUTSY NOMINATING COMMITTEES

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Apr. 17, 2018

    April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. Today Mike explains the power of a gutsy nominating committee.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer, Board Development, Volunteer Appreciation

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