F. Douglas Powe, Jr. and Jasmine Rose Smothers – Success Now!

Partnering for “Now” Success – F. Douglas Powe, Jr., and Jasmine Rose Smothers   We have all heard those famous words, “the children are our future.” In Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations, we argue that, for Millennials (young people born between the early 1980s and early 2000s ), the future…

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David Gruder

David Gruder – The Secret Sauce of Nonprofit Engagement

– Dr. David Gruder, PhD, DCEP, Culture Architect   People generally select a nonprofit to support because they’re so aligned with its cause, and its ways of positively contributing to it, that they decide this is the tribe for them. But what’s the secret sauce guiding whether someone decides to engage with your nonprofit as…

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David Burkus – Recognizing the Creativity in All of Us

– David Burkus   False Leadership: “We Don’t Have Time for Creativity.” The idea that people don’t have time for creativity is both laughable and saddening. You don’t have time not to seek creativity. Daily things can assist in this growth. Design boards bring together the things you find appealing, to see how they might…

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Bob VandePol – Leading Organizational Resilience after Tragedies

– Bob VandePol   It can happen here. When tragedy strikes an organization, all stakeholders immediately look to their leadership for direction. The leader’s response during the first hours of a crisis offers both tremendous opportunity and serious risk for the subsequent outcome. That positive or negative response will echo throughout the organization’s strata as…

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Bob Fox – Workspace Impacts Work Culture

– Bob Fox   Recently, I participated in a focus group for the book Change Your Space, Change Your Culture, which looks at what affects performance in the workplace. Driven by research showing that nearly 70% of the workforce is disengaged, we focused much of our energy on issues of engagement and culture. Every organization…

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J.R. Briggs – Redefining Success

– J.R. Briggs   How you define success defines you. Success isn’t good or bad, but we all have some sort of metric of success. For me, more than anything else, success is stewarding well what’s been entrusted to our care. It’s a stewardship issue. Some of this may not work for the non-religious sector,…

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Bill Gilmer – What Makes an Appeal Mailing Work?

– Bill Gilmer   Is it the message? – how well you articulate the cause, the need, the impact your organization has. Is it the people? – the database, the names, the accuracy and targeting of the recipients. Is it the look? – the graphic design, the appearance of the piece, the quality of the…

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Brian Sooy – Clarifying Your Cause Will Shape Your Manifesto

– Brian Sooy   Every day, worldwide, meaningful causes are trying harder than ever to get noticed, to rise above the noise, inspire change, motivate action, and speak with one voice. Before that can happen, you and your organization have to clarify who you are and what you do. At Aespire, we call this the…

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Small Business Saturday: Are You Ready?

– Sandy Birkenmaier   Small Business Saturday was begun by American Express in 2010 to encourage everyone to shop at small local brick and mortar stores. It can be equally important for small nonprofit organizations. The purpose of Small Business Saturday is to encourage people to shop local every Saturday, but two days after Thanksgiving…

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Increasing Donor Comfort Levels

– Russell Dennis   Anything your nonprofit organization can do to stand out from the crowd is important. Donors have become more sophisticated in recent years when it comes to choosing causes to support. New nonprofits have been coming online at a rate of about 25,000 per year over the last few years. Many of…

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