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We Are Just Getting Started!

| by Bert Armstrong

It seems like only yesterday that Tom McGuire and I were playing in a charity golf event with a couple of unfortunate partners who spent the day cringing as they watched each of us hook and slice our way into water hazards, woods, and sand traps. Thankfully the golf gods were a forgiving bun…

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Better Together?

| by Shannon Williams

In planning for a capital campaign, the question often comes up—should we combine our annual, capital, and planned giving efforts into one comprehensive campaign, counting all three efforts into one total goal? There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to this question, but there are fac…

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How Much Does It Really Cost?

| by Mendi Nieters

I comparison shop at a moment’s notice. You might have caught me in Costco or Target on my phone checking prices. Or you might have seen me looking for reviews on the product in hand. Intuitively we know that while cost matters, quality or desired impact also matters. When looking to…

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So, You Want To Start A Nonprofit…

| by Staci Barfield

At least once a month I get invited for coffee with someone who is interested in starting a nonprofit. With 120,000 charitable organizations registered in North Carolina alone, my gut response is usually “DON’T DO IT!” Don’t get me wrong – I see great value in …

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The Value of a Regular Organizational Check-Up

| by Shannon Williams

Regular check-ups are part of life. Whether it’s your teeth, your eyes, your car inspection, or your HVAC unit, we are conditioned to schedule annual exams and execute regular maintenance. So why is the thought of an organizational assessment so terrifying? For many leaders of for-pro…

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Applying for a Job is Not for the Faint of Heart

| by Beth Briggs

Applying for a new job is intimidating.  You might be rejected. Someone you have never met is going to evaluate your qualifications based upon a document. You are expected to make a good impression, often with limited information.   But if you are looking for a new job, you are go…

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Lessons in Leadership

| by Staci Barfield

This week we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who dedicated his all-too-short time on Earth to fighting social and civil injustice. More than fifty years after his untimely death, Dr. King is still regarded as one of the most influential leaders in the history of the…

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What Is A Campaign Cabinet (and Do I Need One?)

| by April Anthony

When planning for a capital campaign many nonprofits ponder whether it is necessary to recruit a Campaign Cabinet.  You may hear: “We don’t have time to train, motivate, and track a Cabinet.”“Our Board can make all of the solicitations.”“Our staff ca…

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Are You Ready?

| by Bert Armstrong

I consider it an unexpected but welcome gift whenever I get to have a quiet New Year’s Eve at home. It gives me a chance to clean up some of the clutter from the holiday season, watch the ball drop in Times Square from the comfort of my couch, steal a kiss from Mrs. Armstrong at the st…

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Do the Best You Can With What You Got

| by Shannon Williams

Nearly 20 years ago I met Judy Bright for lunch at Darryl’s on Hillsborough Street. A mutual friend suggested that we connect. Other than the fact that she worked at the YMCA, I knew nothing about her.  I was nine months into my new vocation as a mom and I was unsure where …

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