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Here to There in the New Year

| by Staci Barfield

Each year about this time I start thinking about what I want to do differently in the next year. Key themes usually emerge — eat better, exercise more, learn to play guitar — and I create plans to make forward progress in the new year. Some of these plans come to fruition, o…

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Take the Time to Inspire Us

| by Paul Starsoneck

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The next day, President Roosevelt addressed Congress and the nation with a somber yet stirring speech in which he swore that America would never forget December 7, 1941, as a “date that would live in infamy.”…

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Lessons from a Leaf Blower

| by Shannon Williams

Decades ago I bought my husband a leaf blower as a birthday present. Now before you judge, I am not normally a person who gives practical items as gifts. At the time, the leaf blower was a luxury. We were early in our marriage and home ownership. Money was tight. I paid $30 for this fancy ga…

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The Courage to Ask

| by Bert Armstrong

Are We Deserving of the Philanthropy We Seek? Today is National Philanthropy Day – a time to celebrate the giving spirit of our donors who share their time, talents and treasure with our nonprofit community.  Donors give with the anticipation that their investments will help find…

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“Thanks - Giving”

| by Katie Weeks

What are your plans for November 28th? I will start my morning by asking my Facebook family what nonprofits matter to them. Throughout the day my friends will use the comment section to suggest their favorite nonprofits and then “vote” by liking the different options. At th…

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Hats Off to Those Behind the Nonprofit Sector

| by Beth Briggs

On November 15th, the country celebrates National Philanthropy Day in recognition of the power and potential of philanthropy as “the love of humanity”.  At events across the country outstanding volunteers, philanthropist, corporate givers, and professional fundraisers are ho…

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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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