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Keeping Your Balance

May 29, 2017

By Peggy Vinson We’re coming into the summer months and as usual, we want to make the most of these fleeting months. One of the biggest complaints I hear from staff I work with is that they have no control over their work/life balance. I wish to disagree. Earlier in my career, I took time […]

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What Not to Stop

May 23, 2016

By Peggy Vinson   Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with nonprofits in crisis. These are challenging times when the powerful mission of an organization runs into the financial realities of delivering that mission. While every nonprofit is a little different in how it funds its activities, there are some things I’ve […]

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Seeking Advice

March 1, 2016

By Bruce Berglund Recently I had the opportunity to meet with the president of a large family foundation. We had a great dialogue regarding the value of feasibility studies today. He was quite wary of studies that didn’t involve the not-for-profit staff or studies that only tested the viability of the campaign goal. Rather than […]

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Courage to Ask

December 15, 2015

By Journey Johnson Webster’s dictionary defines courage as “the ability to do something that you know is difficult.” One of the more difficult things in nonprofit management for many people can be asking for a donation. Many volunteers or staff are willing to do almost anything for their organization except ask people to support it. […]

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More Than Just Filling Seats

November 12, 2015

Many of our clients across the country are preparing for the start of their annual or year-end giving campaigns. Among one of the most important “to-do’s” is to get the right campaign volunteers in place before a single dollar is raised. Most non-profit campaign teams are made up of a few staff and a large […]

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Climbing Out

June 16, 2015

By Bruce Berglund In their eagerness to get a building opened, or as a result of calamitous economic changes, too many nonprofit boards have found themselves with more debt than their organization can bear. When your “customer” becomes the bank rather than the community, it’s time get serious about reducing debt. Not all debt is bad. […]

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Shifting Sands

May 19, 2015

By Bruce Berglund As I look at our feasibility study data over the last several years, I see a theme emerging. Many of the nonprofits we worked with used to be supported by “Class A,” powerful boards. These boards represented the best leadership their communities had to offer. But over time, the sands have shifted […]

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Don’t Neglect Your Family

July 8, 2014

By Lora Dow Part of any fundraising campaign involves the solicitation of gifts from board and staff. Sometimes we call this the “family campaign.” It often comes at the beginning of an annual effort or during the “quiet phase” of a capital campaign. While it’s something we always do, I’d challenge you to consider how […]

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Brain Food – January 2014

January 31, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team We’re already at the end of the first month of 2014! We’ve spent the month reflecting on resolutions for nonprofit leaders. Now it’s time to see what great tidbits the web had to offer in the first month of the new year. A Call to Arms for Donor Retention […]

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Resolutions: What to Stop

January 28, 2014

By Michele Goodrich An article from the December 30, 2013 issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy suggests an unconventional approach to New Year’s resolutions for nonprofit leaders. Instead of providing a list of things to add; it recommends things to stop doing. The list was compiled with input from experts in the nonprofit field and […]

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Brain Food – December 2013

December 27, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team It’s the last full week of 2013 and we hope you are spending some well-deserved time off with family and friends. But if you’re in the office, or if you’re taking a break from all that time off with family and friends, we’ve got some ideas and articles to […]

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Leading in Crisis and Concern

April 18, 2013

By Bruce Berglund   On Tuesday, I received a note from Jack Lund, President and CEO of New York City’s YMCA. For years he has been a trusted colleague, advisory council member and friend. He shared with me a message that he sent to his 4,000 Y staffers in response to the tragedy at the […]

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