This just in: Fundraising is hard

In the category of “Tell Us Something We Don’t Know,” last week Compass Point published UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, which concludes, among other things, that nonprofits struggle with high turnover, difficulty finding qualified staff, and a lack of a holistic orientation towards fundraising.

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When Stewardship Becomes Collections

I recently had an interesting – and thought-provoking, and ultimately disappointing – set of interactions with a large nonprofit. The name of the specific institution is not important for the story, but suffice it to say that it has played an important role in my life and I’ve always felt……

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Tell Your Story – Not Someone Else’s

It has been a great summer for me so far, with lots of invigorating work and a few nice stretches of family time sprinkled in. By far my most rewarding experiences have been the opportunities to speak at the many annual conferences held this time of year. I’ve been fortunate……

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The Clarion Call for Character

One of my core beliefs about effective strategy is that it is designed to support a shared aspirational vision. In other words, the best strategies support the achievement of a big goal, or dream, or vision. If you don’t know where you are going, how can you effectively get there?……

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Where Should I Focus?

Last month, I wrote about the link between strategy and focus. Specifically, I mentioned that in an increasingly busy world, competitive advantage isn’t about being able to do more, but rather about being able to focus on those things that make a difference. We all have limited time and resources.…

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Four Aspects of Focus for 2012

Over the last few weeks, a few members of our Event 360 team have shared their advice on how to start the New Year right. As we come to the close of the first month of 2012, I wanted to add a bit of perspective on strategy. Unlike the subjects……

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