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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Whit Babcock – Leading Through Transition

– Whit Babcock   One of the great challenges facing nonprofit leaders today is leading in times of transition. We had an opportunity to speak with Whit Babcock, Athletic Director at Virginia Tech. We asked him about how leaders in the social benefit realm can grow their organizations, how to develop and maintain talent in…

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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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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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Devin Thorpe – How Values Relate to Fundraising

– Devin Thorpe   Your fundraising may be tied more closely to your organizational values than you realize. Your donors don’t learn your values from your website or your mailings; instead, they learn your values from your actions. All organizations, but especially nonprofits, must own and demonstrate certain universal values. These fundamental values revolve around…

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David Gruder – Nonprofits and Business Psychology Training

– Dr. David Gruder, Business Psychologist   Why Nonprofits Can’t Afford to Deprive Themselves of Business Psychology Training Leaders and their organizations inadvertently build nonprofits at the level of their psychological limitations, despite their highest mission and goals. This unfortunate reality is true whether a business is for-profit or nonprofit. It’s true whether a nonprofit…

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Cheryl Snapp Conner – Communicating Social Responsibility Goals

– Cheryl Snapp Conner   In case you haven’t noticed yet, social responsibility is good for business in a number of ways. It’s no longer a choice of 1) doing good, or 2) good for business. In an increasing number of arenas, these two goals are one and the same. Consider the following:   Millennials…

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Ed Bogle – Moving from Scarcity Thinking to Focused Impact

– Ed Bogle   Most nonprofits have very broad and lofty mission statements. In an attempt to satisfy the greater needs of their “target” constituencies they often spread their resources, dollars and people over too many fronts, in a noble attempt to achieve their broader mission. This leaves them in a mode of scarcity, constantly…

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Engaging Members for Excellence: Get ‘Em and Keep ‘Em

– Hugh Ballou   The work of the nonprofit leader is highly specialized work. We train, inspire, and engage members to function at their highest level. The primary work is in building and maintaining effective relationships. We can’t ask teams to do anything without effective relationships. It’s crucial that we change ineffective paradigms to change…

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Berny Dohrmann – Nonprofit Winning

– Berny Dohrmann   Nonprofits, hit so hard recently, are coming into a boom period. Trillions sitting on the sideline are returning. Today, nonprofits exist inside the Super Change markets affecting all of us. Winning requires management inside these markets, remaining current on new options. Today’s grantors and donors review messages wherever they are now:…

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