Capital Campaign Leadership

Capital Campaign Leadership, this definition certainly applies to the leadership needed for a successful capital campaign. For a nonprofit organization, whether it is an educational institution, a hospital foundation, a community library, a YMCA, performing arts center or any of the many other types of groups that depend largely on private support for their continuity…

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What to Do When You Really Disagree with a Board Decision

Have you ever been in a situation where the board has made a decision that you think is very, very wrong, and will have severe negative consequences for the organization? Or where you think an important decision has been railroaded through? As a board member myself and something of a contrarian, I’ve found myself in…

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The Campaign is Over – Where Do We Go from Here?

That is a good question, but it is not the only one to be answered – or asked. The first question to consider is, “When is the campaign over?” For the key volunteers and the campaign executive committee, the urgent and pressing work of the campaign consists of the active solicitation of donors: actual asking…

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Surefire Ways to Identify Your Major Gift Prospects, Part 1

Going from an innocuous list of people in your database to a select list of top prospects is not difficult, but it does require discipline in an orderly process to distinguish who can be a leader, who has the interest in your cause and who has the wealth to make a difference. In the fundraising…

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The Human Resource

  Employees are a company’s greatest asset—after all, how much work would get done without them? Even with the greatest technology and resources at our fingertips, we still need people to utilize that technology to grow our business.  We need that sharp administrator to log onto the computer to set appointments, do payroll, and manage…

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Advocacy 101: Where to start

This week, I’ll be attending Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat on the Hill event in Washington, DC.  I started attending years ago, when I worked for a local affiliate in Tennessee, and it remains one of my favorite events of the year. We’ll be celebrating the successes of Habitat affiliates around the country who have enhanced…

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Don't Do It! Resist Temptation to Fix It Personally

If a man would win the heart of a woman, he will listen, and not try to fix it! –David G. Phillips   To provide the best leadership to her corporation (whether motivated for profit or not), a board chairman ought not to invade the purview of senior management by meddling in operational affairs.  For…

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Strategic Planning Pays Big Dividends

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. Michelangelo   If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you?…

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