Priscilla Bratcher

Transitions

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Does anyone really like change? I’m not sure I know anyone who can accommodate major transitions without a level of anxiety and stress. Nevertheless, the old adage tells us that the only constant in life is change, so, stressful or not, it’s something we all face in the course of…

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Thank You!

| by Priscilla Bratcher

It’s spring. Temperatures are already uncomfortably warm, school is wrapping up and dreams of the sound of crashing waves or the sensation of a cool breeze through mountain trees dance in our heads. But there’s no rest for the weary because we have too much to do: spring galas an…

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Making Room for the Aha! Moment

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A recent NPR TED Radio Hour touched on, among other things, the importance of play in human experience. The benefits of play were extolled by several experts from various angles, including the fact that adults with little or no empathy have been found to come from childhoods devoid of play. …

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The Magic of a Great Mission Statement

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I’ve been thinking about mission statements lately and it’s going to get worse before it’s all over. I’m usually on the consultant side of the process when working with nonprofit clients, which is very interesting. Prompting people to be clear, easy to remember and co…

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Happy New Year 2016

| by Priscilla Bratcher

I know, I know. I’m still writing 2014 on my checks, too (yes, I still write checks; who doesn’t?) So what’s this about 2016? I’m suggesting that we keep next January in mind as we begin our work this year, that’s all. Ever heard the expression “Begin wit…

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The Power of Young Women

| by Priscilla Bratcher

An article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy caught my eye this past week. A new study, focusing on giving by Millennial and Gen X single women who are unaffiliated with a religion give two-and-a-half times more money to charity than their older, similarly secular counterparts. Wow, I thought…

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In Defense of the Desk

| by Priscilla Bratcher

A few weeks ago, my colleague Shannon Williams wrote an interesting blog post called “The Rise and Fall of the Desk.’ In it, she observed that today’s workplace is different from that of even ten years ago. She noted that with abundant wi-fi, modern smartphones and lightwei…

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Change is in the Air

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Change is always in the air at this time of year, but I have been feeling there is much more of it as we look forward to the fall of 2014 than ever before in my life. And it’s not just me. I see it all around me, from a friend whose first child is entering college, to a neighbor whose …

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Looking For What Matters

| by Priscilla Bratcher

In addition to my client work with Armstrong McGuire, I’ve recently accepted a temporary part-time assignment with the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, the fundraising arm of UNC Health Care. One of my three assignments is to raise money for the construction of a new off-campus me…

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Two Ears, One Mouth

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Did your mother ever tell you that you should listen before you speak? That you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? I was reminded of this recently when I called a donor to thank her for a recent major gift. She had given to a particular campaign and wanted a progress report (hers had…

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