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    LEVERAGING VOLUNTEERS FOR GREATER FINANCIAL SUCCESS

    Posted by DBD Finance Team

    By Jim Mellor and Brian Keel

    The board of directors is an essential component of nonprofit leadership. We seek boards that are engaged, embrace their roles and responsibilities, are committed to transparency, and value both short- and long-term planning. 

    Rules vary from state to state, but every board has significant legal and ethical duties that it cannot delegate to others including legal, management, program, and financial oversight. Beyond the board there may be committees that further assist the organization. Committees have representation from the Board but are also an opportunity to engage other community volunteers to serve, especially if these members have subject matter expertise.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Communication, Nonprofit Leadership, Strategy, Nonprofit Staff, community

    FAITH KEEPERS, STEP FORWARD

    Posted by Kellie Wardman

    On a call with a client last week, working together to identify values for tough times, a word popped up: equanimity. I couldn’t remember what it meant, but it sounded like a smooth, peaceful lake, hinting of equity and justice. So I said, “Not sure if this is relevant, but what about equanimity?” She responded, “Yes! That is a perfect word.”

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Church Leadership

    HOPE, NOT HYPE

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    As we continue to navigate this new reality, we are challenged to step up as leaders. Whether we’re leading a company, a nonprofit, a team or a family, people are looking to us to understand how to live, learn and work in very altered and difficult circumstances.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership

    MOVING FORWARD

    Posted by Kellie Wardman

    Let’s be honest, and real.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership

    PERSPECTIVE

    Posted by Danny Maier

    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

    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

    NEEDY VS WORTHY

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    I have the wonderful opportunity to learn from our clients and their volunteers across the country. The wonderful balance of staff and volunteer engagement makes this work rich and rewarding.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Board Leadership, Development, Making The Ask, Donor, Nonprofit

    VOLUNTEER CHURN

    Posted by Michele Goodrich

    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 Michele warns us not to ignore “retired” volunteers.

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    Topics: Volunteer, Volunteer Development, Donor Stewardship, Volunteer Leadership

    GET CLOSE

    Posted by Lora Dow

    At the 2017 Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit, the DBD team was once again inspired and challenged by incredible stories of leadership and vision. Each year it seems a story will dig into our hearts and not let go.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Board Development, Volunteer Management, Bryan Stevenson

    A BIAS FOR ACTION

    Posted by Lora Dow

    One of our tenants at Donor By Design Group is that we have “a bias for action.” I’ve talked about this with prospective clients and most of them give me the “oh boy, here comes some consultant speak” eyeroll.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership

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