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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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Thoughts on Leadership Transition

| by Staci Barfield

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Conference for North Carolina’s Nonprofits, where our very own Bert Armstrong facilitated a discussion with panelists Pilar Rocha-Goldberg (CEO of El Centro Hispano), Charrise Hart (CEO of YWCA …

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Do You Know Where You Are Going?

| by Beth Briggs

In Stephen Covey’s book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey suggests that the second most significant habit to develop is “Begin With the End in Mind”.   In creating highly effective nonprofits, knowing the end game is a key component to succ…

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“55 Saves Lives”

| by Bert Armstrong

Last Saturday was my birthday!  Fifty-five is a mid-decade milestone, and so I’m grateful to family and friends who offered the right balance of well-wishing and celebration with quips about gray hair, more cautious driving, or the aches and pains I feel getting out of bed ev…

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Trick or Retreat?

| by April Anthony

Last night our house was inundated with witches, princesses, and superheroes.  I’m not sure if our trick or treaters loved the selection of candy, or maybe it was the fact that our house is in the center of the neighborhood, but our doorbell rang again and again.  W…

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Humans Are Tricky

| by Katie Weeks

I recently had the chance to participate in a weeklong nonprofit leadership course at Duke University. The Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership offers experienced nonprofit professionals the opportunity to increase their capacity for effective entrepreneurial leadership th…

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Can You Say No?

| by Mendi Nieters

On Monday night I had requests to be three places, all at once. It’s happened to us all, especially in this Fall season when we are gearing up for many great things. I agonized over one of the requests. It was to fill in for another leader who …

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The Day After

| by Shannon Williams

As we say in the South, it’s fall, y’all. Time for tailgates, pumpkin patches, and hay rides. And in the non-profit sector, it’s time for giving days.  Giving Tuesday is the most well know of course, but higher education and independent schools also ha…

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The (Super)Power of the Nonprofit Sector

| by Staci Barfield

This month I had the opportunity to attend the North Carolina Philanthropy Conference, hosted by the North Carolina chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The day started and ended with a one-and-a-half-hour car ride with Katie Weeks and Mendi Neiters. While at t…

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