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How Not to Lose a Grant

How Not to Lose a Grant Because of These Easy to Avoid Grant Budget Errors

You spent hours, perhaps even weeks, drafting a beautiful, thoughtful, and mission-enhancing grant. Don’t blow it by making these three common, easy-to-fix, grant budget errors.

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Surviving Vision Block

Surviving Vision Block: How to Turn Your Crushing Experiences into Wins

Surviving Vision Block I was pinned under a 200-pound guy, and he had scissors. The volunteer assignment was simple: help a young man with developmental disabilities to learn a new skill, one-on-one.  We were working on learning scissor use.

How did I end up flailing on the floor needing assistance?

I had a clear goal for my college volunteering experience: Explore different ways to help people reach excellence.

What I didn’t anticipate were my physical limits. I am what fashion designers call petite …

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How to Get Your Board to Love Fundraising

How to Get Your Board to Love Fundraising: Added Value Video

We begin to love things we experience as positive, over and over again. How can you create a series of experiences for your board that leaves them loving fundraising, helping to raise more money, and asking how they can help more?

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Why You Need a Giving Policy?

Why You Need a Giving Policy? How Can You Write a Good One?

Why You Need a Giving Policy? Getting too many requests for donations? Failing to get intriguing applications? Here are just three, of a half dozen, reasons why a giving policy, will help you to solve these challenges and more.

  1. Superior Investments 

The process of making a policy invites you to clarify your values without dealing with specific individuals or causes at the same time. Using the policy will improve your decision making. As you review proposals, you’ll think, “We love this, and it fits with our …

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What is a Culture of Philanthropy Added Value Video

What is a Culture of Philanthropy?: Added Value Video

Are you curious about what a culture of philanthropy is? This quick video explores the critical components of the philanthropic culture and explains how you can create one at your nonprofit.

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Guest Post: Inspire and Engage Your Community of Supporters with Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Leadership

Welcome guest blogger Kathy Kingston! 

Would it also surprise you to know that your fundraising auctions and benefit events are an untapped, golden opportunity to connect your supporters meaningfully and deeply to what they love and care about most about your great cause?

However, attracting and retaining generous donors requires a shift in thinking.

Today’s, entrepreneurial nonprofit leaders, the subject of an upcoming event with the same name, understand the unique power of strategic fundraising auctions, galas and benefit events …

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Nonprofit Wipe Outs on the Way to Big Dreams: How Visions Clobber Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Leaders

Visions matter. Visions are the DNA of success, of monumental change, of dreams–coming true.

Visions inform the world. They energize labor and recruit resources. Moreover, like a tunnel leading to your grand entrance, visions align friends and supporters and their energies in one direction.

However, and you knew this was coming . . .

Visions Can Destroy the work of Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Leaders 

How is it possible that your vision, universally perceived as good, might destroy good works? Visions when …

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How to Help Your Board Stay in the Governance Lane Added Value Video

How to Help Your Board Stay in the Governance Lane: Added Value Video

Does your nonprofit board meander out of its lane? Does it micromanage staff, and dive into operations issues? This video will help you lead your board to develop strategy, policy, and improve the CEO’s effectiveness instead.

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Guest Post: Which End of the Telescope Do You Use?

by Gail Bower

Twenty-first-century business life moves at a faster pace than ever before. Staying on top of information that guides your business decisions is harder than ever.

In some ways, you practically have to be clairvoyant to stay ahead.

And at the same time, you have to manage the day-to-day activities and results of your organizations.

So which end of the telescope are you using? The one that allows you to look farther into the future? Or the one …

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Watch: Why Offer a Community Room? Practical Business Philanthropy

Here’s a way to give back and meet active community members. Plus I give a tip to help you engage with your visitor’s experiences.

Practical Business Philanthropy #11

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