Lynne T. Dean, CFRE is Managing Associate of Dean and Associates and Director of Institutional Advancement at Northwest Vista College, a part of the Alamo Colleges system in San Antonio, Texas. With more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit marketing and fundraising, she has received the CFRE designation, a level of recognition obtained by completing extensive training and testing and exhibiting the highest levels of professionalism and talent in the field. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and has completed special studies in journalism.

Lynne is the coauthor of Nonprofit Strategic Planning: Develop a Plan That will Actually Be Used! and contributing author to YOU and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community.

In addition to serving on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Publications and Information Resources Committee, she has also served on numerous local and regional boards of directors. She is involved in the San Antonio chapter of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and serves on the board of directors of the San Antonio chapter of AFP.

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Strategic Planning: Developing a Common Vision

Close your eyes and try to imagine the differing ideas and perspectives that various stakeholders have about your organization’s future. Does your board think about the future the same way your staff thinks about it? What about your clients and consumers? And, what do your funders, supporters, and even potential funders have to say about your future?

Nonprofit Organization Strategic Planning. Why?

Whether you and your nonprofit are small and struggling, in the middle of a growth spurt, or large and well established, you can benefit by looking at the future together as board and staff. In other words, nonprofit organization strategic planning. In strategic planning, you have a unique opportunity to collaboratively envision your organization's future…

Managing Board Meetings: A President’s Checklist - Part 2

Part 1 of this two-part series on effective board meeting management focused on development of a checklist and timeline and recommendations on advance preparations for meetings. This part provides ideas and strategies that board presidents and leaders can use to keep meetings on time, engage board members and track and follow up on action items and the…

Managing Board Meetings: A President’s Checklist - Part 1

Editor's Note: In this two-part series, you’ll learn tips and strategies on how to plan, prepare, and lead more effective meetings. The first part focuses on development of a checklist and timeline and suggested advance preparations for meetings. A friend of mine recently called to share the news of her election as president of her…

Developing a Convincing Needs Statement

What makes the needs statement such a crucial and interesting part of a grants proposal? This is the section that provides the grant writer the chance to not only spark the grant maker’s interest but also to prove without a shadow of doubt that you’ve identified a critical need and that your organization has the…

Are Your Board Members N.I.C.E.?

How can I get my board more involved in fundraising? When we ask nonprofit leaders to share their most daunting challenges, they frequently regale us with sagas of boards with amazing passion for the organization but yet an unexplainable inability or even lack of will to transform that passion into fundraising. Because we’ve heard that…