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Is Your Board Ready to Move? How to Quickly Assess if Your Systems Are Go

Is Your Board Ready to Move? How to Quickly Assess if Your Systems Are Go

Is Your Board Ready to Move? How to Quickly Assess if Your Systems Are GoTurning the key in the rental car ignited a dashboard display. The needles on the gauges jumped from high to low before settling at their level. In an instant, I knew everything was working and how far I could go.
Wouldn’t it be nice if at every board meeting you could see if your board was ready to go or needed a pit stop? Board sweep gauges don’t exist. Nonetheless, you can assess your board’s travel readiness. How? Add mini-evaluations …
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How to Use Your Vision Every Day

Not Just a Placard for Your Wall: How to Use Your Vision Every Day

How to Use Your Vision Every Day Your vision. You struggle writing it word by word. When you finally get it right, you display it on your website, grants, and brochures. You refer to it when you work with your staff and board.

Vision is the fuel of your nonprofit engine. It’s your destination. It’s why you continue when the odds are against you. (See How to Write a Vision Statement.)

You already incorporate your vision into your work. How might you harness even more of …

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Is Your Greatest Income Challenge What You Think It Is?

Is Your Greatest Income Challenge What You Think It Is?

Is Your Greatest Income Challenge What You Think It Is? Answer honestly. During the past week have you said or thought one of the following?

  • I’m so busy.
  • Things are hectic.
  • There’s too much to do.

You’re not alone. Time management is the number one challenge nonprofit leaders face. You wear many hats besides the one attached to your title. No matter your role, you support the mission and income growth. You charm and engage board members, donors, customers, volunteers, and newcomers.

Here’s the reason time management so critical. You …

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Make Delay Your Best Friend Forever

Waiting Well and Nonprofit Leadership: Make Delay Your Best Friend Forever

Make Delay Your Best Friend ForeverIn another life, Elaine and Justin, a favorite couple of mine, gave me this sound advice: Do all the things you want while you’re still single. When you’re married, things get more complicated. My friends taught me how to wait well.

You also wait. You pursue more money, resources, donors, customers, and supporters. You know they’re coming, but they aren’t here, yet. How can you wait well? Set up your systems and process that will make your organization a success …

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Operating Your Nonprofit in the Dark and Fog How to Succeed Without Light

Operating Your Nonprofit in the Dark and Fog | How to Succeed Without Light

Operating Your Nonprofit in the Dark and Fog How to Succeed Without LightIn the fog, the cove was pitch black. I couldn’t see the radio tower across the bay, a star, or the shore. Earlier that afternoon, the tide caught us when we’d anchored too close to shore. Now at 10:30 p.m. the tide was rising.

We needed to move the boat or stay stuck until the following day.

It should have been easy. We just needed to putter 100 feet-the length of two semi-trailers or 40 steps. I’d seen the open …

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The Most Dangerous Phrase Nonprofit Leaders Use

I bet you’ve said this phrase in the last thirty days. Why it’s time to stop using these four words and what to say instead.

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#36 How Successful Nonprofits Reduce Donor Fatigue

How Successful Nonprofits Avoid Donor Burnout

Why do donor’s get burnt out? How can you avoid contributor fatigue? What are the dangers of saying, “Thank you and…?” Karen covers all this and more in this video.

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Drive It Home, Dear Use Your Power

Drive It Home, Dear

Use Your Power

Drive It Home, Dear Use Your PowerBefore cell phones, when I was in graduate school, my car was in the shop. My new husband lent me his boat-towing station wagon to make my fifteen-mile trip across town to class. On the Interstate, the back of the car began to shake. I slowed down, pulled off, crept onto campus, and ran to my class.

Afterward, I called my husband at work. “Oh, yeah,” he said stepping out of a meeting, “it’s been doing that. …

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Two Hard-boiled Eggs and The Importance of Ranking Your Values

Two Hard-boiled Eggs and the Importance of Ranking Your Values

Two Hard-boiled Eggs and The Importance of Ranking Your ValuesBehind five travelers and their roller boards in Hudson News in the Denver airport. Two hard-boiled eggs sat in a refrigerator case.

After jiggling to the case, I grabbed the eggs, then bumped my way to the end of the checkout line. The line moved quickly until the women ahead of me, stopped everything. She had two children and three rollers in tow. “I’d like to make a return,” she said to the clerk. “I bought this five minutes ago.” …

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How Can You Grow Your Nonprofit's Sponsorship Dollars

How Can You Grow Your Nonprofit’s Sponsorship Dollars?

You can find new sponsors, create more value, do less work and raise more dollars. Listen to this video to discover how to grow your sponsorship dollars.

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