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4 Tips to Simplify Strategic Planning For Your Board

2018-05-17T08:10:18+00:00 May 16th, 2018|

Yep, I get it - you hear the words strategic planning and your stomach clenches.  I get it - hang on for a minute. I had the pleasure – and I really mean that; it was wonderful – of presenting at the Enterprising Nonprofits conference in Green Bay today. I’ve never been to Green Bay [...]

3 Steps To a Strong Board-Staff Partnership

2018-05-01T16:01:33+00:00 May 1st, 2018|

I hear it all the time – “Our board isn’t engaged.” Hmmmm.  If you want an engaged board then YOU need to engage them. Let’s think about how you’re thinking about board engagement. Think about how you recruited them. Then how you oriented and onboarded them. Then how you equipped them for success. Then how you [...]

A Letter From Your Board Member – “Be Specific, Darn it!”

2018-03-28T09:01:54+00:00 March 27th, 2018|

Dear Executive Director and Board President, As you know, I’ve served on our board for two years and am very passionate about our cause!  I think the work we do is transformational and vital to our community.  And we have a great board - each of us bring different talents and experience. I just wish [...]

How to Overcome Those Horrifying Board Meetings!

2018-03-12T19:31:30+00:00 March 12th, 2018|

      Let's get real about board meetings.  We’ve all been there. Does any of this sound familiar?     Too boring…lots of reports, no important decisions No clear purpose Everyone is focused on minutia instead of what really matters!! People aren’t showing up and you don't have a quorum The chair doesn’t know how [...]

3 Steps to Help Your Donors Create the Legacy They Dream Of

2018-02-28T20:27:01+00:00 February 28th, 2018|

Notice I didn’t mention “Planned Giving”. Ho hum. When donors invest in your cause well into the future, let’s call it what it is – legacy giving. Or legacy investing. How compelling and exciting!! Yet, it’s usually one of the last strategies employed by nonprofits to raise money, even for established organizations. When in fact, [...]

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