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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By Elaine Weber Nelson Marketing & Development Consultant   Clients often ask what the “magic formula” is in fundraising. These four “must-do’s” are at the base of all fundraising: Engage. Ask. Thank. Involve. But there are some “don’ts” as well: Don’t mail stuff to people who don’t know you exist. Don’t (generally) ask people for …
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By Barbara Merrill, Principle Consultant When nonprofits apply for program funding, they describe—in great detail—how the programs will impact the community and program participants. Many times proposals will include a variety of data including: • descriptive data on how the program was designed and will be implemented; • an estimate of the number of participants; …
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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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