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15 Questions To Ask Before Serving On A Nonprofit Board

2018-01-16T20:04:54+00:00 January 16th, 2018|

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this week, we’re reminded about the importance of community service. We’re all working together to strengthen our communities and there may be several causes that you are passionate about.  You're eager to serve on a nonprofit board! But how do you know where to serve? And [...]

What Do Your Donors Want to Hear From You Now?

2018-01-16T19:49:55+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|

You just finished working your tail off at year end to attract new donors and compel past donors to invest in your cause again. I’m sure you thanked them profusely. And here we are – a new year. So now what? Your donors what to hear about your PLANS. Your bold, get-the-heart-racing plans! And you [...]

5 Questions Companies Must Ask Before Partnering With a Nonprofit

2017-12-12T19:51:46+00:00 December 12th, 2017|

(This post first appeared in the San Diego Business Journal, November 2017) Have you ever really thought about what kind of partner your nonprofit is? It's a great question to put before your board to elicit a juicy conversation.  I wrote this blog to company execs, to help them understand what to look for in [...]

Meet the 3 People Who Will Raise Money for You

2017-11-28T15:56:30+00:00 November 28th, 2017|

(This post originally appeared on the Bloomerang blog).   You likely have a bigger vision you want to fund. You want to scale, expand your impact. Well, there’s only two ways to raise more money: invite your current donors to invest more or enroll more donors.   And in order to enroll more donors, it [...]

3 Things Your Board Members Aren’t Telling You

2017-11-07T23:00:10+00:00 November 7th, 2017|

That’s right. There are things your nonprofit board members aren’t sharing with you, and it might only be in their subconscious.  And as you move from priority to priority, you may be missing opportunities to ask for their feedback. So I’m here to help. Here are 3 things your board members would probably say if [...]

The New Language of Fundraising – Words That Translate Into More Money

2017-10-24T22:27:13+00:00 October 24th, 2017|

How you talk about fundraising can change everything.  You'll achieve a culture of philanthropy faster, your board will get psyched to fully engage and in the end, your ultimate stakeholders benefit the most as you expand your impact. And yet you keep doing the same things, expecting different results.  You know the definition of insanity, [...]

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