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4 Financial Policies of an Effective Nonprofit Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program

Posted by Brian Keel
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Topics: Leadership, Nonprofit, finance, financial management, Inclusion

Enhance Your Role in Fundraising Through Storytelling

Posted by Lauren DeSimone
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Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Fundraising, Volunteer Management, Mentoring, Big L Leaders, Camp Fundraising, Storytelling, Nonprofit Leadership, Annual Fundraising, Fundraising Management, Leadership Transition, Church Fundraising, Fundraising Campaign, Communication, Capital Leadership

WHAT LEADERSHIP REALLY LOOKS LIKE

Posted by Bruce Berglund
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Topics: Leadership, Collaborations, Global Leadership Summit, Volunteer Leadership, Volunteer Management, Mentoring, Resolutions, Big L Leaders, Nonprofit Leadership, Leadership Transition, Communication, Capital Leadership, Church Leadership, Leadership Coaching, CEO Coaching

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

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