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A Tribute to Friends Who Inspired Us

| by Beth Briggs

Today I attended a funeral for a special man. The Reverend Joseph G. Vetter, better known to his friends as Father Joe, passed away on May 7, 2018. He was born in Greensboro, ordained into the Priesthood in Havelock, North Carolina, and spent his life serving the Catholic Church in the state…

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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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A Year Later . . .

| by Shannon Williams

One week from today, Jeff and I will pick up our oldest son from his first year at college.  Turns out, you were right.  He has had a great year and life for the rest of the family went on—mostly without feeling all that different.  When I wrote about Devin’s up…

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Talented and Generous Women

| by Bert Armstrong

Can you guess which event doesn’t fit in this group:  My wife’s birthday   My mom’s birthday   My son’s graduation   Mother’s Day    Armstrong McGuire’s monthly team meetings  Give …

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New Leaders in the Non-Profit Community

| by Bert Armstrong

Armstrong McGuire is pleased to celebrate recent new placements for clients.  Passage Home is pleased to announce that Seth Friedman will be joining the organization as Chief Executive Officer on May 7, 2018.  Seth is a nonprofit professional with more than 15 years of experience …

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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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Going Against Convention

| by Leslie Starsoneck

Despite the nonprofit sector’s complexity and diversity, there are a fair number of common practices or conventional wisdom.  One practice is when a founding director announces their intention to retire or otherwise leave the organization, it is best to make a clean break – …

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Succession Planning Without Fear

| by Beth Briggs

“Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity” – Albert Einstein The transition and retirement of nonprofit executives is a major challenge facing the philanthropic sector.  Many executive directors came of age in the 1970s and 1980s and spent their careers working to b…

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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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