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Being Intentional with Your Personal Goal Setting

| by Katie Weeks

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion and leading a conversation for employees at Cree around personal brand and self-promotion. In preparing for this conversation, I thought about how personal planning is a lot like organizational planning. We need to a…

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The Wall is Fake News!

| by Bert Armstrong

Which do you prefer? iPhone or Android? Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or LinkedIn? Cable television or streaming apps? CNN or Fox news or MSNBC? Democrat or Republican or Independent?  Eastern or Western NC barbeque? NC State or UNC or Duke or Wake Forest? For me, it…

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Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

| by Katie Weeks

Have you ever heard the saying “Your vibe attracts your tribe?” Have you ever noticed how people who typically see their glass half-empty seem to consistently have bad stuff happen to them? They are the ones who get a flat tire, are constantly sick and, once again, are ticketed …

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Two Ears and One Mouth

| by Shannon Williams

I have the pleasure have helping board members, staff leaders, and campaign volunteers hone their fundraising skills on a regular basis. Recently, I was reminded by a volunteer of one of the most important lessons: We have two ears and one mouth. As a fundraiser (paid or volunteer), th…

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The Case for a Case

| by Staci Barfield

A solid resource development program has many components, including a development plan that outlines goals, strategies to achieve them, and tactics, methods, metrics, and accountabilities to operationalize the strategies. Generally, the development plan identifies campaigns, fundraising even…

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You Have A Strategic Plan. Now What?

| by Mendi Nieters

Creating a strategic plan, if done right, involves stakeholders and requires time and thoughtful work. It builds consensus around shared goals, provides direction, and hopefully creates excitement. So then why do some nonprofits do nothing with it when finished?   Is it time? Effo…

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Are You Consistently Engaging Your Donors?

| by April Anthony

Engaging prospective and current donors consistently throughout the year should be part of your annual development planning. There are so many ways that a nonprofit or institution of higher education can engage donors. Below is a shortlist: Send a prospective or current donor your annual …

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