Nonprofits

Strong Executive Directors Lead Healthy Nonprofits

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Henry sits patiently at the back door every night. He parks in the middle of the metal threshold, so it’s hard to avoid stepping on him in the dim porch lights. He’s consistent, every night, from dark till, well, whenever he gives it up, which is after I’ve gone on to bed.  The dogs and cats take a quick sniff as they walk past Henry on their way to a late-night stroll.  Several ...[Read More]

3 Quick Tips for Better Donor Listening Skills

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Listening to a book about listening is a challenge. Now I question my listening skills, and as the narrator speaks my mind drifts between memories of failed listening with family, co-workers, friends and even donors. For example… Donor Offers – No One’s Listening Yesterday, a donor shared a frustrating conversation with a nonprofit organization. She offered a significant donation amount. The ...[Read More]

Church-School Partnerships for the Good of Children

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Think back to a time when someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up. Now think about a time when you asked your child or grandchild what they wanted to be when they grew up. Doctor, teacher, nurse, astronaut, cowboy, rock star. OK, you and I would not have said rock star and your grandchild probably didn’t say cowboy. Times change.  The desire to be something when we grow up is inna ...[Read More]

To Be or Not to Be an Anonymous Donor

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How “anonymous” is an anonymous gift? A good place to start is what it means to you. Is it not being noticed for specific actions or gifts you made? Is it being known by a few but not the many? Is it making a gift or doing something that is unremarkable or unrecognized? Let’s talk about what you mean when you say I want to make an anonymous gift. First, let me share a story with you. In my early y ...[Read More]

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