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Advance in Your Fundraising Career by Following Three Simple Steps
When I first entered the wonderful world of philanthropy back in the dark ages (before email, can you believe that?), I realized if I wanted to advance in this career (and I did want that) I simply had to follow the same three steps I followed when I advanced rapidly in my banking career. They are simple steps, but not necessarily easy—they require some work on your part. The three steps are...
Strategic Communication Is Key to Nonprofit Advocacy
Nonprofit advocacy changes the attitudes and behaviors of individuals and institutions. Advocacy shines a light on different perspectives and uses communication tools to press ideas on the public, decision makers, and legislatures.
Self-Care for Nonprofit Leaders: What About Me?
Let me ask: How do you feel every day when you walk through the doors of your office? Do you feel energized, refreshed, excited, impassioned? Do you feel ready to take on the day, knowing your resources are in place and secure, and ready to Make Mission Happen?
Grant Writing Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful to Be Successful
Grant writing is stressful because it is a convergence of two of our biggest stressors — time and money. I believe that grant writing can be much less stressful and actually empowering when we recognize it as a form of sacred service. It can be a beautiful way for us to bring our soul’s deepest yearnings into action in the world.
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Fundraising in Troubling Times
“It was a dark and stormy night...” Oh, wait a minute. Isn’t that the line that Snoopy uses when beginning his epic novel? I invite to you to think about the types of dark and stormy times that sometimes visit those of us in the nonprofit world.
Are You Ready for Gift Planning?
Knowing that gift planning is important for your prospects and will be valuable to your organization, it is time to ask if you are ready to start a proactive gift planning program. In some cases, you may think that you have a program already, but if you really consider it, you may find that you are not fully engaged in all that is necessary for success.