Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jun. 7, 2021

    In any given year, grantmaking foundations in the United States award BILLIONS of dollars to nonprofit organizations. 

    If you want to increase your chances of receiving some of those funds, consider thinking of foundations as individual donor prospects.

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    Topics: How To Ask, Asking, Strategy, Planning, Communication, Ask For Advice, Making The Ask, Preparation, grants, grant writing


    Posted by DBD Finance Team on May. 24, 2021

    By Jim Mellor and Brian Keel


    Recently the CEO of a major charity told us: “People here are dancing in the street! They can’t believe how much funding is now available to us.”  With the passage of the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan”, YMCAs, health and human service agencies, private schools, faith-based organizations, camps, and other nonprofits have access to unprecedented funds. In addition, there were other federal stimulus plans passed in 2020 and programs like 21st Century Grants, Head Start and others continue to be open for business.

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    Topics: Strategy, Planning, Ask For Advice, budget, financial management, grants


    Posted by Robyn Furness-Fallin on Apr. 26, 2021

    In sailing you are always scanning the horizon looking for the ripples on the water – because that is where the wind is. That is how you set your course.  

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    Topics: Fundraising, Planning, Resource Development, sustainability


    Posted by Kellie Wardman on Jan. 26, 2021

    These times are calling for aspirational thinking. With dramatic changes in our collective landscape, people are craving direction and leadership more than ever. In many cases, nonprofit boards and CEOs are needing to reinvent strategies, practices, and the very direction of their organizations.

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


    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


    Posted by Thom Peters on Jan. 20, 2016

    I’m not great at resolutions. I have great intentions, just lousy follow through. After all my years I have learned that the higher I set my sights, the less opportunity I have to succeed. So I keep expectations low and generally feel better about how things turn out. I may not be a better or healthier person, but I won’t have failed so often in my goals.

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    Topics: Leadership, Stewardship, Vision, Board Leadership, Planning, Church Stewardship


    Posted by Mike Bussey on Apr. 21, 2015
    ‘Thank you for getting us to the starting line and for the confidence that we are going to have a successful campaign.”

    A volunteer was reflecting on the long, complex and (at times) frustrating process his organization had undertaken to determine how best to respond to community issues and opportunities.

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    Topics: Leadership, Capital, Feasibility, Planning

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