Staci Barfield

What Comes Before Mission and Vision?

| by Staci Barfield

I’ve recently had the good fortune to work on several strategic planning projects, helping clients chart their course for the future. These projects begin with an organizational assessment – collecting stakeholder feedback to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and thr…

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Stakeholder, Stakeholder, Stakeholder

| by Staci Barfield

Do you ever go through a period where you find yourself using the same words or phrases repeatedly? I’m having one of those weeks. The specific word that keeps making its way into my vocabulary is “stakeholder.” In the last few days, I have worked with clients to identify s…

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So, You Want To Start A Nonprofit…

| by Staci Barfield

At least once a month I get invited for coffee with someone who is interested in starting a nonprofit. With 120,000 charitable organizations registered in North Carolina alone, my gut response is usually “DON’T DO IT!” Don’t get me wrong – I see great value in …

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Lessons in Leadership

| by Staci Barfield

This week we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who dedicated his all-too-short time on Earth to fighting social and civil injustice. More than fifty years after his untimely death, Dr. King is still regarded as one of the most influential leaders in the history of the…

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Thoughts on Leadership Transition

| by Staci Barfield

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Conference for North Carolina’s Nonprofits, where our very own Bert Armstrong facilitated a discussion with panelists Pilar Rocha-Goldberg (CEO of El Centro Hispano), Charrise Hart (CEO of YWCA …

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The (Super)Power of the Nonprofit Sector

| by Staci Barfield

This month I had the opportunity to attend the North Carolina Philanthropy Conference, hosted by the North Carolina chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The day started and ended with a one-and-a-half-hour car ride with Katie Weeks and Mendi Neiters. While at t…

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Hurricane Florence: A Storm of Emotions

| by Staci Barfield

As a resident of the Carolinas most of my life, I’ve seen my fair share of weather events. Extreme heat, freak snowstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes are the unfortunate price we pay for living in such a great locale. However, Hurricane Florence brought up new emotions — some of w…

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Asking the (sometimes hard) questions

| by Staci Barfield

One of my favorite things to do is to work with clients to develop an organizational assessment. Assessments are a core part of the work we do at Armstrong McGuire. Focusing on six key pillars of organizational capacity and sustainability – Mission, Vision, and Strategy; Leadership; Re…

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A Time and Place for Special Events

| by Staci Barfield

I always know when spring arrives. Not because of the weather — goodness knows it doesn’t feel like spring here in North Carolina yet — but because my mailbox starts filling up with invitations to nonprofit events.  With people taking vacation in the summer, and winter…

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