April Anthony

Trick or Retreat?

| by April Anthony

Last night our house was inundated with witches, princesses, and superheroes.  I’m not sure if our trick or treaters loved the selection of candy, or maybe it was the fact that our house is in the center of the neighborhood, but our doorbell rang again and again.  W…

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Organizational Effectiveness - Is it Effective?

| by April Anthony

The concept of organizational effectiveness has created some buzz in the nonprofit arena, but what is organizational effectiveness and is it really effective?  In a world where funders, prospective donors and board members are concerned about results, impact and accountability, leaders …

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Considering the Art of Making the Ask

| by April Anthony

One of my favorite things to do as a consultant is to train board members, campaign cabinets, and staff on the Art of the Ask.  It is important that board members, and other councils and committees, are comfortable soliciting gifts.  Asking for donations should be part of any board…

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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

| by April Anthony

Have you ever heard the saying “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.”?  Many say the quote originated from Peter Drucker, an influential thinker and writer about management theory and practice.  Armstrong McGuire provides strategic planning to our clients, and in many c…

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A Season for Removing Clutter

| by April Anthony

It used to be that I looked forward to some down time in the summer months to get organized and catch up. Nowadays organizations work hard year-round. Marketing, Board development, strategic planning and fundraising are all ongoing activities. As the summer approaches, I think about the clu…

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Gaps In Funding for Youth Education

| by April Anthony

According to NC Child, North Carolina public school funding has decreased by $500 million dollars over the last six years while school enrollment has increased by 48,000.  If we have any doubts at all about funding needs for school age children, take a look at The Annie E. Casey Foundat…

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Trends In Funding Youth Education

| by April Anthony

This week begins a series on trends in funding youth education.  NC Child states “A strong education is the most effective pathway to opportunity and statewide economic growth. In North Carolina, we have a proud history of building a strong system of public education. North Caroli…

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The Cyber Robots LYBNT and SYBNT

| by April Anthony

LYBNT, an acronym for a donor who gave Last Year But Not This year and SYBNT, a donor that gave Some Year But Not This year, are terms in the fundraising world of nonprofits and universities.  These acronyms sound like robots or transformers or aliens trying to take over the world. …

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How Do You Measure Up to Your Fellow Board Members?

| by April Anthony

Surveys, surveys, and more surveys….but I found this one interesting and hope you will too.  Paula Loop is the Leader of Governance Insights Center at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  Each year she conducts a survey of corporate board members and many of her findings and suggesti…

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