Devin Thorpe – Giving for Impact: the Parable of the Star Thrower

– Devin D. Thorpe   Most people are familiar with Loren Eisley’s story of The Star Thrower. At least they think they are. Most of us have heard a saccharine version of the story. The original version differs from the familiar version in some key ways, teaching us important principles about giving for impact. In…

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Rob Sheehan – Creating Vision in an Ever-Changing World

– Rob Sheehan   “Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’ I dream things that never were and say ‘why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw [Editor’s note: Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy often concluded his speeches with this quote, a slight variation on the words from a George Bernard Shaw play.] Most…

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Adam Grant – Givers, Takers, Matchers, and Reciprocity Rings

– Adam Grant   The nonprofit world has largely been built on the importance of giving to accomplish real needs in communities across the globe. Yet, oftentimes giving (or more correctly in my research, Givers) get a bad rap. The fact that we, in our communities, are surrounded by Takers (see below) makes us a…

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Successful Leaders Have a Passion for Giving Back

– Hugh Ballou   Giving is part of success. Transformational Leaders focus on vision, build leaders on teams, transform vision into reality, create a culture of excellence, and leave a legacy. Giving back shows up in many forms. At CEO Space International’s Business Growth Conferences, new members are told not to ask for anything, instead…

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Rob Touchstone – Doing Well and Doing Good! The Well Coffeehouse

– Rob Touchstone   Typically, when we think about giving to a cause, we see it as one-sided, that we’re making sacrifices for the sake of others. That’s what giving is: you’re giving to someone else. At The Well Coffeehouse, and at many organizations across our country, we are reframing that sense. We’re showing you…

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Nonprofits that Work – The Well Coffeehouse

The Well Coffeehouse   They love coffee. They love people even more. The Well is a coffeehouse community with a bold vision to make a difference around the world and in the local community. As a nonprofit missional coffeehouse they exist to make money…and then give it away! And there’s more. They also exist to…

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Jeffrey Magee – One-Degree Trajectory Change for Monumental ROIs

– Jeffrey Magee   To attain a higher ROI (return on investment) in everything you do, understand the Trajectory Code Model. We all start at point A in route to our individual and collective goals known as point C. Far too often, individuals and organizations get off track and mired in point B dead-end behaviors.…

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Wayne Elsey – Nonprofits: Stay Ahead of the Curve

– Wayne Elsey   Nonprofits today need to be thought leaders to raise more money. Some strategies that enable them to successfully fundraise in today’s environment, where everything changes at lightning speed, combine a mix of old-school principles and new techniques. Since the beginning of time, humans have communicated with each other by telling stories,…

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Amanda Babine, Hannah Jacobson – Use Background Data for Funding

– Amanda Babine and Hannah Jacobson   Using Data to Make Your Case for Funding   Not all nonprofits are good, and many are just mediocre. What is more frightening is that many organizations are unsure which they are. This uncertainty often comes from a lack of tracking and evaluating outcomes for their programs. There…

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Steven Sawalich – Giving Back

– Steven Sawalich   Growing up with parents committed to service provided me with valuable insight about the importance of giving back. Starkey Hearing Foundation, an international nonprofit that gives free hearing aids to people in need, was founded by my stepfather and mother, Bill and Tani Austin, on the premise that “Alone we can’t…

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