Mendi Nieters

Can You Say No?

| by Mendi Nieters

On Monday night I had requests to be three places, all at once. It’s happened to us all, especially in this Fall season when we are gearing up for many great things. I agonized over one of the requests. It was to fill in for another leader who …

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Do You See Me?

| by Mendi Nieters

Friday, during my annual eye exam, I saw an email that caught my eye. The 2018 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study reported that on average 24 percent of 2017 nonprofit fundraising emails were going into spam folders. For the 55 large nonprofits they surveyed, this result…

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More Money, Fewer Donors, and Lots of Data

| by Mendi Nieters

Headlines sell, and as much as I don’t want to be a victim of a lead, several have grabbed my attention this month. Recently, Giving USA released their annual report on giving trends. I love numbers and looking for trends, so I jumped in!   I was excited to l…

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We’re Number Three!

| by Mendi Nieters

Do you ever have one of those days where all the dots connect? That happened to me on Monday. I started the day with an article from The Chronicle of Philanthropy showing that nonprofits are the third-largest employer in America with 11.9 million employees.  I was so intrigued that I ha…

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Strategic Confession

| by Mendi Nieters

I have a confession to make. I am extremely involved with an organization I care deeply about, and they don’t have a strategic plan.  “Hi, my name is Mendi, and my favorite organization does not have a plan.”  It’s ironic given what I do professionally and…

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Welcome to the Family!

| by Mendi Nieters

For those of you who know me, or have read a prior blog, you know we welcomed chickens into our family last year.  You have heard fun stories of naming the chickens, the one who ending up being a rooster, the day the fox came to dinner, and sequentially welcoming new chickens to the fam…

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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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