Renae Oswald Anderson to lead capital campaign at premier performing arts center. On September 20, Renae Oswald Anderson began serving as interim executive director of Lakeshore Players Theatre, a premier performing art center in White Bear Lake. Renae, a partner with Strategic Consulting & Coaching, brings 27 years of leadership and management in the non-profit sector and most …
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By Renae Oswald Anderson-Partner Fall is often the season of getting back into more of a routine with school starting, summer vacations wrapping up, and nonprofit organizations gearing up for fall programming. Executives, development officers, and board members are scheduling donor meetings and planning year- end appeals. This also could be the time when you …
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By Susan D. Rostkoski Strategic Consulting & Coaching Principal Consultant As counter-intuitive as it seems, the act of keeping donors engaged and coming back for more most often means finding ways to engage without asking. That’s right, this is relationship building, not fundraising.  Fundraising results from relationships—built, tended and valued as though the individual donor …
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By Molly Schwartz  Strategic Consulting & Coaching Communications & Design Guru In the nonprofit world, professional marketing, communication and design services are often perceived as luxuries that small- to mid-sized mission-driven organizations can’t afford. And with the explosion of free or low-cost do-it-yourself marketing and design tools, novices have the ability to create beautiful and …
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By Cheryl Jensen, Founder and Managing Partner When it comes to investing in the future of the nonprofit sector we often hear, “Our employees are our biggest asset.” On the flip side, there are two concerns: 1) there is a shortage of employees who want to seek leadership roles and 2) employees aren’t prepared for …
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With the power and popularity of social media, nonprofits of all sizes can easily engage with supporters—where they are—on the platforms they already visit daily. Social media networks are great (user friendly) resources for your nonprofit to promote your organization and mission online. But that doesn’t mean you should be on every network. Each one works …
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This is the era of “Big Data” and “Cloud Computing.” The topics seem almost otherworldly and created solely for the benefit of big business, social research, and international security rather than for small and medium-sized organizations and nonprofits. However, did you know many of the same concepts and questions used by big data searches can …
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By Renae Oswald-Anderson, Partner I am continually amazed by the bright, talented, and tech savvy Millennials (those in their 20s and 30s) who will be our next leaders in both the board room and in executive offices. How do we as seasoned leaders attract young people to the important mission-driven work we have chosen to …
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Your ability to be a successful fundraiser often hinges on standing out in the midst of all those other great causes that your donors hear about. With social media’s ever-present messages, your donors have seen and heard all the tricks of the trade. They are on overload and are beginning to appreciate the dialed-down approach. …
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Best practices and strategies to help you create a compelling annual report that your stakeholders will actually notice, and may even get excited about reading Here are a few thoughts on how to get the most out of your annual report in 2016: Make them feel good about giving to you An annual report provides …
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