Planning Resources

Stop talking about diversity

| by Derwin Dubose

At Armstrong McGuire, we're known for sharing coffee to help people think through nonprofit issues, but I have one request: please don't call me to have a conversation about "diversity." Instead, let's talk about cultural competence. Our nation is demographically different. Last year, more …

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5 C's of Crisis Communication

| by Shannon Williams

From our friends at Guidestar came Brad Phillips guide to crisis communication. It is written for corporations, but applies to non-profits too. http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/16151.aspx#

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Soaring with Board Giving as the Foundation

| by Shannon Williams

When it comes to best practices in fundraising, the ideal place to start is with your board. Check out this great advice from one of my fundraising mentors, Jeff Jowdy. "Don't sell your organization short. Taking a shortcut when it comes to your board members and their leadership - and espec…

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The Value of Strategic Planning - Higher Performance

| by Bert Armstrong

As part of our strategic planning work, we look at the latest trends. I ran across this survey, presented in April at the Association for Strategic Planning's annual meeting in Atlanta.  Click here to read the survey: strategic planning leads to higher performing nonprofits.

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Rock Solid Goals

| by Shannon Williams

My husband and I have a friend, Neil Rock, who is a motivational speaker and coach. Neil believes that the key to success is to visualize your goals; write them down; and keep them visible—placing them where you will see them every day. Neil has countless stories of great athletes, mu…

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Top 10 for 2014

| by Bert Armstrong

Earlier this week I came across a Top 10 list of personal resolutions for 2014.  As I read each one, I found myself trying to translate them into organizational resolutions for our friends in the nonprofit world.  Here’s what I came up with:   Top 10 Personal…

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Living in Cliché Land

| by Priscilla Bratcher

Have you ever felt your life is a cliché? If you’re like me, you know life can imitate clichés. Some of my most frequent include “too many irons in the fire”, “nutty as a fruitcake” (perfect for this time of year) or “sweeping [unpleasant things]…

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Three Keys to Restoring Trust

| by Shannon Williams

Trust. It is a simple word with enormous implications. Trust is the foundation of every relationship of every genre—personal, professional, spiritual, transactional. Without trust you have nothing. I had the privilege of working with a staff team recently that has endured a…

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The Best and Worst You Can Imagine

| by Bert Armstrong

My colleague Priscilla Bratcher and I had the privilege Wednesday of spending time with a client that is in nonprofit start up mode.  A young, dynamic pastor has been called to serve a very poor region of eastern North Carolina.  His spirit is contagious and with the support of chu…

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