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Dare to dream big for special events

| by Derwin Dubose

I've already shared one of my deepest fundraising secrets: I don't typically like special events. Often, event costs -- both actual expenses and time invested -- far outweigh the financial return. However, Durham Nativity School, one of my Armstrong McGuire clients, is doing it right. The…

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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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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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Professional development is my New Year’s Resolution

| by Derwin Dubose

For the first time in ages, I have a New Year’s resolution. Shedding holiday weight should be at the top of my list, but I wanted to take a nontraditional route that pays dividends for my clients and for my future as a fundraiser. I’m committing myself toward professional develo…

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Five New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofits

| by Priscilla Bratcher

I finished off the last of the Christmas chocolate while indulging in the latest episode of Downton Abbey the other night. The number on the scales the next morning was not pretty.  It wasn’t just the one night, mind you. It was the cumulative impact of some less than healthy beha…

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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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Start Making the List and Checking It Twice

| by Derwin Dubose

By my calendar, tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. Last month, I blogged that for nonprofits the year really ends on November 22, the last business day before Thanksgiving. Due to holiday travel, it’s difficult to corral the people you need to solicit gifts and make decisions…

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Buy the One with the Pink Ribbon

| by Shannon Williams

Last Thursday night I was baking brownies for an event for our children. It was 9:30 when I started and AFTER I creamed the butter and sugar, I realized I had no eggs. Fortunately, my husband was at work function, so I was able to text him and ask him to pick some eggs up on the way home. W…

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Don't Just Tell Them. Show Them!

| by Bert Armstrong

Earlier this week I was talking with a colleague who has recently joined the board of a terrific nonprofit.  I know the organization pretty well and have seen first hand some of the great work they do to help a very vulnerable population.  My friend has been engaged with the agency…

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