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    COURSE CORRECTION

    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

    WHAT'S NEXT?

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    Throughout the past few months, conversations with clients from around the country have centered on one basic question:

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    Topics: Philanthropy, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Financial Development, Fundraising Campaign, Nonprofit, Resource Development, finance, financial management

    ROOKIE MISTAKES

    Posted by Kris Vrooman

    The DBD grant team has reviewed A LOT of grant proposals over the years – and we mean a lot! We’ve also talked with grant makers from around the country about what they like to see and what makes them cringe. Here are the top five common mistakes we’ve seen and suggestions to lead to more successful outcomes.

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    Topics: Resource Development, grants, grant writing

    A STRONG FOUNDATION

    Posted by Brian Keel

    During visits to Chicago in a former job, I was struck by an unusually designed building across the Chicago River. This two-acre lot had previously sat undeveloped for decades while stakeholders sought a way to utilize the space for maximum efficiency and impact. 

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Capital Readiness, Fundraising Management, Resource Development

    RESOLUTIONS PART I: THE 20 MILE MARCH

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    Happy New Year! This is the time of year so many of us make resolutions for the upcoming year — some of them we even keep!  Last year at this time, I decided to stop drinking any kind of soda. I had become convinced I didn’t need the diet or the sugary versions. And you know what? This was one I actually kept. I’ve been soda-free for a full year!

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    Topics: Leadership, Resolutions, Endowment, Annual Campaign, Jim Collins, John Norcross, Resource Development

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