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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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Do You See Me?

| by Mendi Nieters

Friday, during my annual eye exam, I saw an email that caught my eye. The 2018 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study reported that on average 24 percent of 2017 nonprofit fundraising emails were going into spam folders. For the 55 large nonprofits they surveyed, this result…

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Dog Days and Donors

| by Shannon Williams

Oil and vinegar. Pancakes and ketchup. Duke and Carolina fans.  Some things just don’t go together.  I have learned that Capital Campaigns and Summer belong on that list. Summer in general and July, in particular, is a terrible month for fundraising. While it…

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Homegrown Leaders

| by Bert Armstrong

On any given day, if you happened to pull up next to me at a stoplight, you probably catch me singing a favorite tune, certain that my version sounds just as good as the voice I'm emulating on the radio.  The last couple of days, you would hear me bellowing out one of my favorite Zac Br…

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The Dreaded Ice Breaker

| by Katie Weeks

It was Friday at 3pm and I was the only thing standing between the Board and their weekend. And I did it anyway… The dreaded get-to-know-one-another ICE BREAKER! In this case it was relatively easy, we paired up and talked about where we lived when we were 5, what music we listened …

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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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