Stephen Nill founded CharityChannel in 1992 as a means of connecting his nonprofit hospital chain's fund development staff over the Internet to their colleagues at other organizations. That first discussion community grew into what is today the oldest and largest community of third-sector professionals in the world, comprised of well over 100,000 participants worldwide. He has been working in the US and international third sector for more than four decades. He has served as the Chief Development Officer at a major Southern California university, the CEO of a large health care foundation, a senior vice-president of fund development of a U.S. west-coast nonprofit hospital chain, as a founder and acting director of development of a parochial school in his community, and as a founder of an organization dedicated to providing food and clothing for homeless persons.

Stephen enjoys composing symphonic and choir music at wee hours of the morning in his studio. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Janet, and his golden retriever, Gypsy.

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Why Do People Struggle to Ask Face-to-Face? Part 2

I recently sat down with Brian Saber, a CharityChannel colleague and leading expert on how to make face-to-face asks. In the first installment of my discussion with him, I asked him why people struggle so much to make that all-important face-to-face ask. In this installment, I ask him how a development officer (the person making the ask) can become comfortable making the ask, and, as importantly, how to become effective in doing so.

Why Do People Struggle to Ask Face-to-Face? Part 1

I just sat down with Brian Saber, a CharityChannel colleague and leading expert on how to make face-to-face asks. In this fast-paced 11-minute recorded discussion, I asked him why people struggle so much to make that all-important face-to-face ask. This is the first of three recorded segments with Brian on asking.

CharityChannel Relaunches its Famous Discussion Lists

One of my forever-resolutions is to increase engagement of the CharityChannel professional community. One of the best ways to do that is to get everyone talking shop with each other. So, as you can imagine, I’m pleased to announce that CharityChannel has relaunched its award-winning email-based discussion forums, once again running on L-Soft’s industry-leading LISTSERV(r) software.

Can You Help Answer These Five Questions about Nonprofit Boards?

As a practitioner, you no doubt have access to board leaders for your organization and maybe even serve on a board or two. Would you ask them to take an online survey sponsored by the Alliance of Nonprofit Management?

Do your peers consider you a master practitioner?

For the next few minutes, I want you to suspend all modesty and answer this question: Do your peers consider you a master practitioner? Do you?

Two Minutes to the Sound of Silence

Did you hear the news? The Doomsday clock is now just two minutes to midnight. Midnight is an atomic nightmare that none of us wants to even think about. My first grandchild is about to be born, baby Stetson Thorp. That got me to thinking. How could I possibly explain this to him, once he…