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12 August 2010

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Development 301: Managing & Motivating Others, Part 3

Hi! Thanks for reading this series on how to manage and motivate others by discovering their strengths and helping them find tasks that they […]

9 August 2010

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Development 301: Managing and Motivating Others Part 2

How can you discover your strengths? How do you manage people? Have you taken the Gallup assessment, which was given to over 2 million […]

6 August 2010

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Development 301: Managing & Motivating Others Part 1

How can you motivate others? In three words: Strengths based management. What are your strengths? This post should help you. Here’s how it works. […]

16 June 2010

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Your Fundraising Plan Checklist

Here is a Fundraising Plan Checklist that you can use every time you start a new appeal, campaign, event, or grant proposal. How much […]

1 June 2010

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Teaching other people how to fundraise

Are you the lone development person, or even part of a small team? What is one of your biggest problems? If you answered “Capacity” […]

17 May 2010

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Are You Fundraising in a Small Shop?

If you are fundraising in a small shop, I salute you. It is hard. You come to work and often receive no kudos or respect for what you do. I want you to know that I know what you’re going through. And I appreciate that you take a small part of your limited time to read this.

14 May 2010

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Myth of the Naked African Child: When Your Donations Hurt

Children in Africa. They aren't naked.

One thing I learned when I was volunteering at nonprofits overseas is that people don’t necessarily need what you think they need.

11 May 2010

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Volunteering. What's in it for you?

Do you get to do things you like to do, when you volunteer? Or do you feel taken advantage of?

10 May 2010

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Your Overhead is In Your Head. All of the money is going to the cause.

So, you’re talking to a donor and the first thing they want to know is: How much of this donation goes to the cause?

This has become the only standard by which a nonprofit is judged deserving on funds. And this is truly sad.

6 May 2010

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Why your nonprofit is so damn reactionary

When you discourage long-term vision, you institutionalize suffering.

When funders and donors have a need for immediate gratification, your nonprofit always loses.

1 May 2010

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8 ways NOT to write a fundraising plan

Here’s how NOT to write a fundraising plan. 1. First, make sure you make it in total isolation. You don’t want any input from […]

20 April 2010

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How can you build trust in your nonprofit?

“RICHARD WILKINSON: (With a large wage gap) almost everything gets worse: homicide rates, how kids get on at school, math and literacy scores, teenage birth rates, obesity. Mental illness is worse, how much people feel they can trust others, the size of prison populations, what proportion of the population are locked up, measures of social cohesion, how much people are involved in community life. Everything seems to get worse.

BILL MOYERS: Levels of trust among people are affected by the distribution of income?

RICHARD WILKINSON: I think it’s something that people have had an intuition about for centuries. They have often regarded inequality as divisive and socially corrosive. And our data shows that this intuition is much truer than any of us ever realized. We choose our friends from amongst our equals. People don’t feel so at ease with people who are much better off.

BILL MOYERS: Inequality makes strangers of us?

KATE PICKETT: That’s right. At one point, we wanted to call our book, “Inequality: The Enemy Between Us” because in a more unequal society, the social distances get stretched out between us. As the hierarchy gets steeper, social distances are greater, and it’s harder to trust.

14 April 2010

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Why does your nonprofit fail to accomplish its mission? 3 reasons.

1. Status Quo Culture A status quo culture, which means nobody striving for more efficient and effective activity. Because their salaries are not tied […]

31 March 2010

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What your funders want to see: Subjective vs. Objective Measurements

Camilla Nevill at the New Philanthropy Capital Blog has just made a fascinating post about the concept of happiness in funding. What she asks is, should we be measuring things like well-being as well as test scores when deciding if a nonprofit is fulfilling its mission?

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29 March 2010

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So You Want to Lead a Nonprofit? Part 2

Here’s part two of leading your nonprofit. What does it take? 7. Curiosity Ask yourself what you don’t know about your organization. Sit in […]

26 March 2010

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16 March 2010

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Do you belong to a fundraisers union? Should you?

If there is corruption at your nonprofit, who can you go to? Who helps you get a fair salary for your fundraising experience? Where […]

12 March 2010

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How Nimble are Your Development Skills?

“Are you defined by passion and effort or effort and risk?” -Manuel Zarate

10 March 2010

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You're the Entrepreneur Cost-Saving Part Two

If you’re just joining us, last week I went to the RISE AUSTIN conference for entrepreneurs. It’s a free annual conference to help people […]