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5 Remarkable Questions Every Nonprofit Leader Should Ask

When I dream alone, it is just a dream. When we dream together, it is the beginning of reality. When we work together, following our dream, it is the creation of Heaven on Earth.  ~ adopted Brazilian proverb he questions a culture continually...

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How to Create Mind-Blowing Meetings

Pumped up for your next amazing meetings? You know, those often preposterous, force-fed, propaganda-laced wasters of time and energy. The sessions where the backstabbing cowards who sometimes even go so far as to self-anoint themselves as leaders carry out their beat...

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Challenging Common Nonprofit Operating Beliefs

  Got an unwavering belief your vision can be realized? Tapping your small nonprofit's potential requires a firm resolve. Unfortunately, limiting beliefs can work in reverse to dangerously shape the organizational culture. Sometimes in a very unsuspecting way....

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Nonprofit Employee Burnout: 3 Hazardous Themes

Too much work + not enough help = BURNOUT. It's a common issue for many nonprofits. Searching for the root causes of nonprofit employee burnout can be tricky but here are three themes that stand out. Over-dedicated theme: Campfire Burnout Many nonprofit employees are...

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5 E’s of Attracting Resources to Your Cause

Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet. When it comes to attracting resources, the root of a strategy is critical. Where should a nonprofit organization with limited means begin to focus its efforts? Its an important choice to make. Should our root represent...

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STOP Competing for Resources

Trying to latch onto donors just doesn't work. In fact, it never did. Resolve to stop the endless loop of competing for limited resources. Instead, it's time to start attracting donors. Then you can make an ask more comfortable for both of you. Donors are on overload!...

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Revolutionary Tactics to Reduce Your Fundraising Anxiety

Release anxiety by striking a fundraising bonanza. Imagine that sweet victory. The loud cheers would be deafening. But amplifying your fundraising results will take more than you may think. So let's draw on the wisdom of  "The American Cincinnatus"- George Washington-...

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5 Steps to Convert Chaos to Opportunity

How in the world can you be productive in the midst of chaos? Short staffing, a manager who doesn't care, angry customers and rampant disorganization could all cause even the most well intended employee to crack up. Yet, ironically, chaos also presents unique...

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Outreach to Turn your Nonprofit Upside Down

Ugh! If there's one thing I find disappointing, it's a nonprofit that settles for mediocrity. Focusing on the headache of the day means fewer opportunities to reach for the stars. Crisis management is good for putting out today's fires. Yet it's poor for addressing...

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A Recipe For Mediocrity

Stop trying to fix problems and focus on accentuating strengths. People working together can produce dramatic and sustainable results. Believe it. Zeroing in on problems is a recipe for mediocrity. The norm becomes the target. And the deficit discourse can become...

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