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25 10, 2017

Money Plays with Money for Philanthropy

By |October 25th, 2017|blog, Business, personal|Comments Off on Money Plays with Money for Philanthropy

A colleague of mine at the office relayed to me a conversation she had with major gift fundraiser. I’d like to highlight it here because if you’re a business leader who serves on a nonprofit board and you’re expecting that a significant gift ask by a CEO […]

24 10, 2017

3 Trends in Philanthropy Your Nonprofit Team Must Know

By |October 24th, 2017|blog, news, Nonprofit Leadership|Comments Off on 3 Trends in Philanthropy Your Nonprofit Team Must Know

We’re soon at the close of another year, and if you’re like me, you’re keeping your sights focused through the windshield instead of the rearview mirror. The philanthropic sector continues to evolve, as is everything in society because of forces such as wealth, technology, and globalization.

When I […]

29 08, 2017

Please, Don’t Start a Nonprofit

By |August 29th, 2017|blog, Nonprofit Leadership, personal|Comments Off on Please, Don’t Start a Nonprofit

As I write this, I’m about to begin writing a new book in collaboration with a partner that’s been a nonprofit leader in the fundraising and donor management space for more than 30 years. I look forward to writing more about it in the coming weeks and […]

15 08, 2017

5 Reasons Why Nonprofit Employees Quit

By |August 15th, 2017|blog, Nonprofit Leadership, personal|Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why Nonprofit Employees Quit

If you’re a nonprofit leader, I hope you’re spending some time each day getting on social media and reviewing posts and comments from people who work in the industry.

Although I have a busy schedule of travel and meetings, I try to check out what’s happening in social […]

10 08, 2017

Be Kind, You Never Know What Someone Is Going Through

By |August 10th, 2017|blog, news, Nonprofit Leadership|Comments Off on Be Kind, You Never Know What Someone Is Going Through

I had a conversation recently with an executive director of a nonprofit and he told me about an experience his organization that says a lot about kindness and compassion.

Not too long ago, the organization was having an event. As many charities often do when they have large-scale […]

20 07, 2017

25 Examples of the Worst Advice You’ve Ever Received

By |July 20th, 2017|blog, Development, Nonprofit Leadership|Comments Off on 25 Examples of the Worst Advice You’ve Ever Received

I’m always about thinking big and staying positive as much as I can. But, today I was in a meeting, and one of the people in the room was telling us about the worst piece of advice he received.

And that got me thinking?

What is the worst piece […]

11 07, 2017

A Board Member’s Health Versus a Nonprofits Need

By |July 11th, 2017|blog, Development, Nonprofit Leadership|Comments Off on A Board Member’s Health Versus a Nonprofits Need

I learned of a small nonprofit that had to deal with a board member who was not able to fulfill his responsibilities due to cancer. A colleague of mine, whom I’ll call Jim, said to me there was a “raging internal debate” about whether to keep this […]

29 06, 2017

Why You Should Care About Managing Up

By |June 29th, 2017|blog, Development, Nonprofit Leadership|Comments Off on Why You Should Care About Managing Up

Have you ever heard of the idea of “managing up?”

If you haven’t, it’s something you should probably learn if you work for someone.

Managing up is a simple concept. It means making sure you give your boss, board members or the person you work for have what they […]

20 06, 2017

The Founder’s Syndrome Chess Game and How to Resolve It

By |June 20th, 2017|blog, Nonprofit Leadership, personal|Comments Off on The Founder’s Syndrome Chess Game and How to Resolve It

Founder's Syndrome

If you’ve been in the nonprofit sector for a while, you may come across a phenomenon called “founder’s syndrome.” It can be so destructive that afflicted organizations with this syndrome, which is also called “founderitis,” can implode and close their doors.

What is Founder’s Syndrome?

Founder’s syndrome or […]

8 06, 2017

Pass the Damn Ball to the Kid Who May Fumble

By |June 8th, 2017|blog, Nonprofit Leadership, personal|Comments Off on Pass the Damn Ball to the Kid Who May Fumble

Someone recently posted the article on social media, “Dear Kids: If I Die, Please Don’t Be a Sh**head.” As a parent and grandfather, it caught my attention due to the bluntness. But I also thought about it as a leader and manager. The following quote was […]