By Renae Oswald-Anderson, Partner  Many of us have heard the familiar expression, “Two heads are better than one.” In the case of co-leadership it certainly can be true. Ideally, co-leadership builds on the gifts and strengths of each leader. The Harvard Business Review published a report in July 2015, “How to Co-Lead a Team” on …
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By Fran Lyon-Dugin Consultant & Adjunct Instructor, Augsburg University MBA Program The fall season often brings organizations into a mode of planning and budgeting, sometimes not our favorite activities! However, creating a clear path and applying resources to it are critical to moving our mission forward versus simply spinning our program wheels over and over.  …
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SCC’s Renae Oswald Anderson has just completed “Communication Across Barriers” training through the Communication Across Barriers organization and Century College and is now a certified Beegle Poverty Coach. The course was led by Dr. Donna Beegle, a nationally recognized expert on breaking poverty barriers. Renae is now certified to conduct poverty competency assessments to assist organizations …
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We are pleased to welcome Karen Goodenough as the newest addition to our consulting team. Karen holds a master’s degree in social work and is a licensed graduate social worker. She has enjoyed a 20-year career in direct practice, senior leadership, professional coaching, teaching, and research. She is passionate about empowering organizations to use data to strategically …
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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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