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Considering the Art of Making the Ask

| by April Anthony

One of my favorite things to do as a consultant is to train board members, campaign cabinets, and staff on the Art of the Ask.  It is important that board members, and other councils and committees, are comfortable soliciting gifts.  Asking for donations should be part of any board…

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We have a lot to learn!

| by Bert Armstrong

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”  ― Michel Legrand Some things I learned early in life in the typical ways we were all taught through elementary, middle and high school:  Reading, writing, arithmetic…

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Growing Up Among the Sharks

| by Shannon Williams

We recently completed our 11th season of summer swim team. The final one for Devin as a swimmer, and his first year as a coach. As a family, we have always enjoyed swim team. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of thousand-degree nights, where the adults are sweating while the kids are…

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One of Many Ways to say Thank You

| by Katie Weeks

As non-profit professionals, we are reliant on so many to fulfill our mission.  We are constantly working to engage clients, staff, and board members. We are always looking for meaningful partners to collaborate with, and of course, we are always seeking donors who are as passionate ab…

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The Thank You Test

| by Mendi Nieters

I’m not going to lie.  My boys are a bit spoiled. They are surrounded by family and friends who shower them with love, attention, and almost every toy that exists at Target. At this stage in their life, they don’t realize how lucky they are, but I am determined to make sure …

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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

| by April Anthony

Have you ever heard the saying “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.”?  Many say the quote originated from Peter Drucker, an influential thinker and writer about management theory and practice.  Armstrong McGuire provides strategic planning to our clients, and in many c…

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Community Foundation

| by Katie Weeks

When I first moved to North Carolina, one of the first organizations I met with was the North Carolina Community Foundation. Where I am from, the Greater Milwaukee Community Foundation served a critical role in tackling some of the community’s biggest challenges. I wanted to see if the…

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Can We Talk?

| by Shannon Williams

Modern politics do not appeal to me. I try to stay abreast of current issues. I vote. I care about the future of our country, but I don’t spend a lot of time following American politics.  Over the past week, politics have been front and center in our collective dialogue as the Se…

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What Happens When You Fail

| by Mendi Nieters

Last week I had the opportunity to retrace my old footsteps both figuratively and literally. I was asked to serve as the “real life example” for a Fund Development class in the MPA Program at NC State University. Go Wolfpack!  Nostalgia kicked in as I walked across the stre…

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