Mendi Nieters

Spinning Faster and Getting Nowhere

| by Mendi Nieters

I can’t begin to tell you how much I learned in the first few years of development work. In my first year, we had planned 13 mass-market event fundraisers. The development manager left two months before half of the events took …

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Building a Small and Mighty Development Shop

| by Mendi Nieters

Our family has officially kicked off fall soccer, and once again my little man has a desire to play goalie. At practice last week, one of the coaches stayed in goal with my son to give tips as they were working through drills. I was so happy because with my husband’s baseball backgroun…

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The Thank You Test

| by Mendi Nieters

I’m not going to lie.  My boys are a bit spoiled. They are surrounded by family and friends who shower them with love, attention, and almost every toy that exists at Target. At this stage in their life, they don’t realize how lucky they are, but I am determined to make sure …

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What Happens When You Fail

| by Mendi Nieters

Last week I had the opportunity to retrace my old footsteps both figuratively and literally. I was asked to serve as the “real life example” for a Fund Development class in the MPA Program at NC State University. Go Wolfpack!  Nostalgia kicked in as I walked across the stre…

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Getting Your Chickens in a Row!

| by Mendi Nieters

I think the actual saying is “getting all of your ducks in a row,” but for me it’s chickens. For years I have wanted chickens.  It might be because I love deviled eggs a bit more than the average Southerner, but regardless I have wanted a few chicks to call my own. …

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