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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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Time Keeps on Slipping into the Future

| by Beth Briggs

I love this line from the old Steve Miller song.  July is here, and time continues her march at an incredible pace whether we are having fun or not.  July is the reminder, we are more than halfway through the year!   It seems like yesterday we celebrated the New Year, Valenti…

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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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When a Conversation Takes a Serious Turn

| by Shannon Williams

Last week I had the opportunity to meet Katherine Ngaruiya (Kat). We had a video call scheduled, but technology was not my friend, so it turned into a phone call. Here we were two professionals sharing our career journeys and present engagements—simply getting to know one another. Som…

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A Shared Responsibility

| by Paul Starsoneck

Tuesday marked the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.  Some of my contemporaries, and many from the previous generation revere RFK.  They have a strong sentimentality looking back on his ideas, and his ideals.  This year I set out to understand why, an…

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The Elephant in the Room

| by Leslie Starsoneck

I love talking to my friend, Bernice Sanders Smoot.  She is the founder and principal of a firm called Saint Wall Street, LLC that helps nonprofits capture and articulate their value.   The first time I heard her speak, I had one of those “I really need to meet her”…

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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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