October 13, 2021
How to Deal with Unrealistic Fundraising Expectations

“How do you handle a board that sets astronomical fundraising goals?“ Janet asked this brave question at an Association of Fundraising Professionals luncheon. Why was[…]

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January 20, 2021
How to Help Your Board to Take Smart Risks

Perhaps you, like millions of other people, saw the Oscar-winning movie Frozen. Frozen tells the story of two sisters, Anna and Elsa. Elsa is an[…]

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December 21, 2020
How to Manage Your Board When They Refuse to Fundraise

How can you deal with board members who flat-out reject anything to do with helping your raise donated money?

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October 3, 2019
How to Convince Your Board to Invest in Capacity

Capacity investments come just after leadership on the list of reasons why nonprofits thrive. Over time, these investments build a scaffolding you use to climb[…]

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September 19, 2019
Do You Know The Two Key Sources of Board Conflicts?

When it comes to your board, let’s face it, you’re not driving. But you don’t need to sit in the back seat either. This video[…]

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February 28, 2019
What’s the Secret to Boards that Take Smart Risks?

This brilliant advice comes from one of the interviews I did for my new book, Let’s Raise Millions Together.  Kelley Parris, the new head of[…]

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September 30, 2018
Get Your Board to Buy-in to Expanding Your Capacity

We once wrote a contract to buy a house and failed to sign the deposit check. We thought we were committed. The unsigned document told[…]

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September 4, 2018
Board Conflicts: How Might Strategic Planning End Them?

As I write this, California’s ablaze with thirteen fires. We have family near one, so I’m watching closely. Reporters tell us that this fire rages[…]

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August 6, 2018
The Board vs. Staff Game: Who is Doing the Fundraising?

It started with a threat, from a board member in the midst of a board meeting. “If she doesn’t produce in a year, she’s out[…]

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May 14, 2018
Identify the Bottom-Line Conflicts Holding You Back

My first roommate at college, Janet, was finishing her last semester before graduating. For Janet, every day was about endings and leaving the university. In[…]

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