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Measuring Performance

| by Bert Armstrong

Today's blog post serves as an introduction to Armstrong McGuire's newest team member.  Staci Barfield joins our firm this month as a Senior Advisor, bringing over 25 years of leadership experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, with significant successes in maximiz…

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Checking the Expiration Date

| by Shannon Williams

A couple of weeks ago I did something I haven’t done in years. I checked the expiration date on the milk in the fridge.  As a mother of teenaged boys, my regular routine includes buying several gallons of milk each week without much thought about consumption. For years, the milk …

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But for Grace

| by Bert Armstrong

A new report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy shows that fewer Americans are giving to charitable causes and that nonprofits are increasingly relying on the wealthy for support.  According to the study, “only 24 percent of taxpayers reported on their tax returns that they made a…

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Spinning Faster and Getting Nowhere

| by Mendi Nieters

I can’t begin to tell you how much I learned in the first few years of development work. In my first year, we had planned 13 mass-market event fundraisers. The development manager left two months before half of the events took …

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Getting More Than You Give

| by Paul Starsoneck

Another scholarship season and another year where I get so much more, than the few hours I give reviewing applications for the Robert Franklin Black Scholarship.  A few years back I read an applicant’s essay that spoke about overcoming the adversity of changing high schools for he…

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School's Back - and So Are Nonprofits

| by Katie Weeks

Backpacks Filled - Time to Begin Again It is that time of year where it appears everyone is filling backpacks with supplies for another school year. While your kids readjust to new schedules, I thought it might be a good time for those of us working with nonprofit organizations to refi…

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Building a Small and Mighty Development Shop

| by Mendi Nieters

Our family has officially kicked off fall soccer, and once again my little man has a desire to play goalie. At practice last week, one of the coaches stayed in goal with my son to give tips as they were working through drills. I was so happy because with my husband’s baseball backgroun…

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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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