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Should Old School be the Now School for Advancement?

Like most advancement professionals, I did not start my career in the early 1980s thinking I would become a fundraiser. After graduating with a master's degree in public health and clinical nutrition, I secured a grant-supported part-time position at a new statewide food bank in Oregon.  Long story short, I was the only person on the team willing to ask ...
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Top 10 Organizational Black Holes

black hole is a region of spacetime where gravity is so strong that nothing – no particles or even electromagnetic radiation, such as light – can escape it. Not to get too geeky, but when I ran across this NASA Data Sonification of a Black Hole through interstellar gas, it got me thinking.  You might want to read the rest of this post while listening to this out-of-this-world soundtrack. Almost every ...
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Crain's Chicago Business YMCA of Metro Chicago brings in new CEO to revamp struggling nonprofit | Crain's Chicago Business Visit Creator: | Credit: Copyright: John R. Boehm All Rights Reserved Want to know where this information comes from? Learn more Related images See more Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YMCA Metropolitan Chicago Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YMCA

Letter to Nonprofit CEOs About Leadership

Dear Nonprofit CEO, After working with hundreds of nonprofit CEOs over 20 years as a consultant and 20 years as a frontline advancement executive, I think I can speak with credibility about the strategies and behaviors of a strong nonprofit leader. At the risk of boiling my reflections down to binary comparisons, I will do so nonetheless in the interest ...
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masks required

Pocketbook Arguments to Vax and Mask for Nonprofit Workers

Nonprofit organizations, large and small, along with private sector employers, are now on their own after the recent SCOTUS ruling with regard to imposing vaccine and face covering mandates by private employers. Mandates alienate some people because they are forced to do things they do not want to do - some for legitimate reasons and many for spurious reasons. Adding ...
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Silver bullet

The Silver Bullet Hiding in Plain Sight

A silver bullet is hard to come by, especially one to keep your organization thriving and vital to your stakeholders. A January 5th article in Forbes by Edward Segal addresses the 10 biggest risks and threats for businesses in 2022. They are:
  1. Data Breaches
  2. Climate Change
  3. The Great Resignation
  4. Obtaining Talent
  5. Pandemic
  6. Lack Of Inventory
  7. Burnout
  8. Inflation
  9. Financial Crises
  10. ...
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Good Reasons for Fundraisers to Understand the American Muslim Community

Within 30 years the Muslim community is set to become the second largest religious group in the U.S., surpassing the Jewish community. Why is this important when we are talking about fewer than 4 million people growing to only 8 million people by 2050? Revealing Demographic Trends and Giving Behavior Muslim-Americans are the fastest-growing demographic in the U.S. according to ...
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