Derwin Dubose

Dare to dream big for special events

| by Derwin Dubose

I've already shared one of my deepest fundraising secrets: I don't typically like special events. Often, event costs -- both actual expenses and time invested -- far outweigh the financial return. However, Durham Nativity School, one of my Armstrong McGuire clients, is doing it right. The…

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Daily Muse: An Editor's Guide to Perfecting Your Resume

| by Derwin Dubose

Right now, I'm leading the firm's efforts with two searches, so resumes are on my mind. A close friend just sent an amazing article by Adrian Granzella Larssen of the Daily Muse that's well worth the read for all job seekers and for nonprofits reviewing resumes. She writes: On that fi…

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Stop talking about diversity

| by Derwin Dubose

At Armstrong McGuire, we're known for sharing coffee to help people think through nonprofit issues, but I have one request: please don't call me to have a conversation about "diversity." Instead, let's talk about cultural competence. Our nation is demographically different. Last year, more …

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NPR: Not Every Great Philanthropist Is A Household Name

| by Derwin Dubose

I just listened to a great NPR story about philanthropy that may have inspired my next Armstrong McGuire column: Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Bloomberg, George Soros, all names you'd expect to see on the Philanthropy 50. That's the Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of the past year's 50 most gen…

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Professional development is my New Year’s Resolution

| by Derwin Dubose

For the first time in ages, I have a New Year’s resolution. Shedding holiday weight should be at the top of my list, but I wanted to take a nontraditional route that pays dividends for my clients and for my future as a fundraiser. I’m committing myself toward professional develo…

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Start Making the List and Checking It Twice

| by Derwin Dubose

By my calendar, tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. Last month, I blogged that for nonprofits the year really ends on November 22, the last business day before Thanksgiving. Due to holiday travel, it’s difficult to corral the people you need to solicit gifts and make decisions…

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The Year Ends on November 22

| by Derwin Dubose

Contrary to popular belief, the year ends on November 22.  No, that's not a Mayan calendar prediction. The calendar may say that there are 10 weeks until the year ends, but if you work for a nonprofit, you've only got a month. All nonprofit professionals should treat November 22 as the…

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