By Jennifer L. Hipple, Communications Consultant Whether we’re 9 or 90 years old, we all love a good story. As a nonprofit, storytelling is one of the most compelling tools you can utilize for building rapport with donors (and potential donors) and helping them better understand your mission and how you’re impacting lives. Combining your …
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The SCC consulting team gathered to honor Barbara Merrill’s retirement at W. A. Frost’s. We will miss Barbara and wish her the very best!

Participants received their Certificate of Completion for the Journey from Direct Service to Supervision Spring series that was facilitated by SCC. Attendees were from the following non-profit organizations: Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County, FamilyWise, the Bridge for Youth, Financial One Credit Union, Emerge, and CAPI. SCC regularly offers this 6 month cohort training series …
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By Elaine Weber Nelson, Senior Resource Development Consultant Has the idea of a capital campaign sprung up at a board or staff meeting? Have you come to realize that your staff has outgrown your office space, or your services could be better delivered at a centralized location? Perhaps you aren’t able to fulfill your mission …
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By Renae Oswald-Anderson, Partner Creating high performing teams doesn’t just happen. They are a result of the leader or supervisor knowing the skills and talents of individual contributors and then working to create an environment of shared accountability and commitment to the mission of the organization. Teams that have passion and purpose accomplish great things …
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By Susan Rostkoski Principal Consultant, Resource Development  First, STOP!  That’s right, just stop. Before you jump in and “do something,” spend some of your precious time and energy understanding your donors’ giving habits. Why? Well, you don’t give a loved one a present without thinking about what they are interested in. And you are actually …
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Sprinkle in Some Fun! By Jennifer L. Hipple, Communications Consultant, Writer We’ve all been there. You know you should make regular social media posts to keep your followers engaged with the mission of your nonprofit but there are days you just can’t seem to come up with something new and fresh. And, certainly, the more …
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By Cheryl Jensen, Managing Partner How would your employees rate your leadership? How might they rate your emotional intelligence? For the last several years, we’ve asked participants in our training programs some simple questions: What qualities and talents do good leaders have? What qualities and talents do poor leaders have? Each time we facilitate this …
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Ethical Challenges in Nonprofits By Fran Lyon-Dugin, Consultant How would you respond to the following scenarios: A generous donor asks that you direct his funds to “worthy people….and not to THOSE people” An employee from your fund development department is at a software conference and is tempted by an invitation to a steak and wine …
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By: Jennifer L. Hipple Communications Consultant When I was a kid, my mother always sat me down after my birthday or Christmas, with paper and pen, to write thank-you notes to my aunts and grandmothers for the gifts they sent. At the time I disliked the task. I didn’t know what to write beyond, “Thank …
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