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Are You an Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Leader?

Are You an Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Leader?

What Does Money Have to Do with Nonprofit Entrepreneurial Leadership?  

Less than you think.
But, still a lot.
Money is a tool. You need money to buy resources to support and further your entrepreneurial efforts.
Creating change is not free. If you’re an entrepreneurial leader, you need more resources than leaders satisfied with the status quo.

Money is Also an Outcome of Nonprofit Entrepreneurial Leadership

Revenue growth results from entrepreneurial leadership. Sometimes your income improvement is direct: you sell a …

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Can We Still Get Donations If We Have Healthy Reserves?: Added Value Video

You have substantial financial reserves to protect your organization and follow sound business practices. What can you do so they don’t reduce your donations or impact your grant applications?

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Tweaking Employee Next Level Benefits | How to Create New Wins with Classic Philanthropic Approaches

As U.S. headlines turn to high employment, your interests turn to retaining your current employees. I’ve written a lot in this space about how corporate giving can help you keep top talent.

Today let’s zoom in on two common employee perks and how you might tweak them to:

Inspiration

Given my specialty helping organizations to blow-up roadblocks in the way …

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How to Deal with Crazy Ideas from Your Favorite Supporters: Added Value Video

You love your supporter, but sometimes they come up with impossible, even dangerous ideas. Here are some tips on how to work with the challenge of bizarre ideas and to transform them into help for your nonprofit.

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Surviving Lost Rudders: Is it Time to Upgrade, or Replace the Way You Get Resources?

One political cartoon after Barbara Bush’s death illustrated a sailboat named, The Bush Family. Near it, a detached rudder labeled Barbara Bush floated away.

This is not an article about politics.

It’s a post about the necessity of dealing with inspecting and if necessary, replacing, upgrading, and otherwise improving your nonprofit rudder.

The cartoon brought to mind two recent conversations with executive directors with rudder problems.

The first conversation was about a lost rudder. The organization’s founders convinced a local …

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How to Get More Anonymous Donations: Added Value Video

Someone special left your nonprofit an anonymous gift. How can you build a relationship with the donor or at least begin one?

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Watch: Leveraging Your Good Name: Getting and Giving Testimonials Practical Business Philanthropy

How can you support your favorite nonprofit and help your career at the same time? Listen to learn how to help your customers know and trust you and leverage the good you already do.

Practical Business Philanthropy #10

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Can You Can Get There from Here? Three Elements of Good Planning

Planning is one of the many overused but little-understood terms tossed around nonprofit organizations. Recently, several consultants from this blog were organizing an audio-conference for nonprofit board members on the topic. We started by defining planning. Fifteen minutes later, we had also uncovered more questions than we had answers. If it took three experts fifteen minutes to begin to define planning —you will undoubtedly find some uncertainty in your organization.

You plan every day. After all, you make a plan …

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Everything’s Great! Warning! Warning!: Added Value Video

Why should nonprofit board members be wary when CEOs tell them that everything’s great? How do CEOs hurt their organization’s and their longevity by painting blue-sky-only forecasts?

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Do Me First! The Critical First Step in Developing an Income Strategy

Most nonprofits know where they want to go. Like New Englanders in January, everyone agrees, they want to go south in February. Likewise, your nonprofit may agree that your “south” is to improve the quality of the bay water, the readiness of children for kindergarten or the lives of people with developmental disabilities. While you may know the direction, effective planning demands that you stop and clarify the coordinates of your destination. After all, Miami, Tucson, and the Caribbean are …

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