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16 03, 2017

How Nonprofits Can Overcome the Sustainability Challenge

By |March 16th, 2017|blog, development, news|0 Comments

Recently, we partnered with a company promoting fundraising ideas. That got me thinking about nonprofit sustainability. I've been talking about it for years. Nonprofits are great, but I think people who begin or work for these organizations need to understand two things: Nonprofits are a business. The fundamental difference between a for-profit business and nonprofit [...]

9 02, 2017

25 of the Best Definitions of Leadership—Ever

By |February 9th, 2017|blog, leadership, news|Comments Off on 25 of the Best Definitions of Leadership—Ever

I’m a consummate student of leadership. I have a passion for the subject and it helps drive the decisions I make in my multiple businesses. I also share a lot of posts on my social media regarding leadership. The ones I am including here are the ones that are transformative, visionary and in keeping with [...]

17 01, 2017

Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy is Beginning to Take Root

By |January 17th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy is Beginning to Take Root

Finally, it seems that the insanity around the “nonprofit starvation cycle” is coming to an end. For those of you who may be new to the world of philanthropy, the nonprofit starvation cycle happens when donors have unrealistic—and absurd—expectations regarding the costs of running an organization. For a long time, donors have been restricting their [...]

8 11, 2016

Which is Better? To Be Quick or to Be Strategic?

By |November 8th, 2016|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on Which is Better? To Be Quick or to Be Strategic?

My team and I were recently having our weekly meeting. I’m always looking at the bottom line–down to the penny. And, like any business, we’re looking to expand. Frankly, we’re looking to dominate (just like Amazon and Google) in our industry. I believe every business, nonprofit or social enterprise has to look to be the [...]

4 10, 2016

Unseen, Untold, Unsold

By |October 4th, 2016|blog, development, news|Comments Off on Unseen, Untold, Unsold

Have you ever seen the image of the three monkeys that depict “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”? If you have, I’m sure right about now you’re seeing the mental picture of the monkeys in your mind. Recently, I was talking to my team about our shoe drive fundraising social enterprise brand. [...]

9 08, 2016

What Are The “Next 5 Big Things” In Philanthropy

By |August 9th, 2016|blog, development, news|Comments Off on What Are The “Next 5 Big Things” In Philanthropy

Not too long ago I had a conversation with an old friend. He challenged me on one of the things I keep talking about. For a while now, I’ve been saying that the old ways of doing things are finished. Dead. Gone. The End. In fact, I named my blog “Not Your Father’s Charity” precisely [...]

28 07, 2016

Strategies to Build Your Corporate Social Responsibility Relationships

By |July 28th, 2016|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Strategies to Build Your Corporate Social Responsibility Relationships

Corporations as large as Apple to businesses on your local Main Street are aligning profit to their corporate social responsibility programs. They understand that today’s consumer wants to do business with organizations that are socially responsible. This is a challenge for nonprofits, but also a great opportunity. It’s not easy to develop mutually beneficial relationships [...]

26 07, 2016

The Number 1 Reason People Fail and How to Succeed

By |July 26th, 2016|blog, development, news|Comments Off on The Number 1 Reason People Fail and How to Succeed

I’m going to tell you the answer in the first sentence of this article: people give up. You can stop reading now. If, however, you want to succeed and learn how not to give up, read on… The Experiment If you’re trying to figure out success, here’s a little experiment for you. Go around and [...]

12 07, 2016

3 Ways A Leader Can Effectively Deal With Office Gossip

By |July 12th, 2016|blog, development, news|Comments Off on 3 Ways A Leader Can Effectively Deal With Office Gossip

Recently, I was in a meeting with a member of my team. As I was leaving the office, this person made an off-handed comment about someone on my senior staff not being in the office often. The implication was that the executive was getting privileges no one else was receiving and that this person was [...]

5 07, 2016

Win Small to Win Big

By |July 5th, 2016|blog, development, news|Comments Off on Win Small to Win Big

Not too long ago I was having a conversation with a bright and successful woman. We’ll call her Meg. By any measure, she’s successful. Meg has a great home in San Francisco. She works at a tech company that she loved–at one point, but where she no longer feels challenged. Meg has all of the [...]