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“55 Saves Lives”

| by Bert Armstrong

Last Saturday was my birthday!  Fifty-five is a mid-decade milestone, and so I’m grateful to family and friends who offered the right balance of well-wishing and celebration with quips about gray hair, more cautious driving, or the aches and pains I feel getting out of bed ev…

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Trick or Retreat?

| by April Anthony

Last night our house was inundated with witches, princesses, and superheroes.  I’m not sure if our trick or treaters loved the selection of candy, or maybe it was the fact that our house is in the center of the neighborhood, but our doorbell rang again and again.  W…

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Humans Are Tricky

| by Katie Weeks

I recently had the chance to participate in a weeklong nonprofit leadership course at Duke University. The Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership offers experienced nonprofit professionals the opportunity to increase their capacity for effective entrepreneurial leadership th…

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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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The Day After

| by Shannon Williams

As we say in the South, it’s fall, y’all. Time for tailgates, pumpkin patches, and hay rides. And in the non-profit sector, it’s time for giving days.  Giving Tuesday is the most well know of course, but higher education and independent schools also ha…

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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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You don't choose a life, you live one.

| by Bert Armstrong

I sat down this weekend to watch The Way, an inspiring story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating life, relationships, and the world around us. I’d promised my friend and business partner Tom McGuire that I would watch it so that upon his return from h…

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Remembering Tom McGuire

| by Bert Armstrong

It is with sad hearts that we share the news of Tom McGuire’s death. Tom, our co-founding partner, died suddenly on September 4, 2018, while on a much-anticipated trip to hike the Camino de Santiago Trail (El Camino Trail) in Spain. Although Tom retired from the firm in 2014, he contin…

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Leadership – Key to a Successful Nonprofit

| by Beth Briggs

Strong and committed leadership is the difference between a good nonprofit and a great nonprofit.   Formidable leadership starts with a board of directors who understand and accept their roles and responsibilities and give ge…

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