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Not That Special

| by Mendi Nieters

I think I might have stepped out of line a bit lately. In our role as strategic advisors with Armstrong McGuire, we get the honor of partnering with a variety of nonprofits, staff, board members, and volunteers as they navigate change, set vision, or strive to build capacity. Sometimes they…

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The Courage Zone

| by Margaret Brunson

“Change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Roy T. Bennett  Over the past 18 months, we’ve all been shoved out of our comfort zones by rapid change.  We’re living and working through some of the most difficult times of our lives. Not only are…

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A Snapshot in Time

| by Beth Briggs

I love hiking in Umstead State Park early in the morning. Trees shade the path, and the recent rains turn the leaves and undergrowth a deep green. Woodpeckers drum in the distance, birds sing, and squirrels scurry among the branches. The trail I follow winds along a gurgling creek and a slig…

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Why I Need a Vacation

| by Staci Barfield

I’m going on vacation next week – YIPPEE! It’s not anywhere fancy, just the beach (though the North Carolina coast is pretty incredible), but this will be the first time I have taken off more than two continuous business days in a year. And I am pretty darn excited. Each ye…

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Donor Retention and Communications

| by Shannon Williams

Donor retention is critical. You know it. You have heard the Armstrong McGuire team talk about it for years. Unfortunately, donor retention rates are trending in the wrong direction according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Fourth Quarter Report. The report states, “The…

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Preparedness

| by Shannon Williams

Being prepared crosses all parts of life in small “Do I have my mask?” “Am I off mute?” ways and in big “Do I have the necessary supplies for the approaching hurricane?” ways. Last weekend our oldest son moved into his first adult apartment. This was a pr…

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Cause for Celebration

| by Staci Barfield

Yesterday was my dear friend Amy’s birthday. Since her special day is on the first, she has appropriated all of September as her birthday month, celebrating accordingly. Personally, I’ve never been a big birthday person, and acknowledging my own has become less and less important…

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Fear Will Not Win

| by Bert Armstrong

Recently I wrote a blog story reflecting on a hilariously terrifying encounter with a self-diagnosed medical condition of mine – ophidiophobia. For what I am sure was a very small handful of readers who missed this article due to vacations – or for the medically uninformed &…

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