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Helping the Helpers

| by Bert Armstrong

Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s word…

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Planning in the Time of COVID-19

| by Staci Barfield

This past week has been unlike any other I have experienced. While it reminds me of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other unexpected events that have rocked our world, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a different type of uncertainty, anxiety, and feeling of surrealism. Colle…

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Without question it is a crazy week in the world. And while we do not yet know the full human or financial impact of this health pandemic, our gratitude goes out to all those who will step into the uncertainty of the weeks and months ahead to continue providing medical care, mental health se…

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12 Reasons Your Strategic Plan Should Have BHAGs

| by April Anthony

A BHAG, pronounced bee hag, is an acronym for Big Hairy Audacious Goal. The term was originally coined in the book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. BHAGs are meant to excite and energize people in an authentic way. Why should every non…

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Knowledge is Power (and It's Nice to Share)

| by Staci Barfield

Members of our team recently completed a “talent” assessment that identified individual competencies, behaviors, and styles. Among other things, the resulting report confirmed that I am, by nature, a learner. I am in my element when absorbing information and trying to assimilate …

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Your Next Hire: A Strategic Investment

| by Mendi Nieters

One of the largest pain points inside nonprofits is bandwidth. We feel it nearly every time we walk into a client. And one of the largest investments for a nonprofit is normally personnel. Every dollar counts and is a strategic investment in your mission. Your next hire is important, whether…

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Racism: It's Real

| by Shannon Williams

Last week I attended, along with some of my Armstrong McGuire teammates, the Groundwater Training hosted by the YMCA of the Triangle and led by Monica and Jennifer from the Racial Equity Institute. One of the opening images included a picture of a single dead fish and another of a massi…

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Oh No, You Didn’t!

| by Katie Weeks

Over the holidays a friend, my mom, and I started working on a 2,000-piece puzzle. The conversation was flowing, and all was right in the world. About 20 minutes in, I looked down and noticed that we were all navigating the puzzle in different ways. My friend was only looking for the edge…

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Planning to Succeed

| by Staci Barfield

Every few years the nonprofit community collectively keys in on a few concepts or focus areas. One of the themes that seems to be emerging in 2020 is increased emphasis on succession planning. While succession in this sense means to follow or take the place of, the word is closely aligned w…

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