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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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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Desmond Tutu – Lessons from a Legend

– Bishop Desmond Tutu   As our globe shrinks geographically, economically, and socially, it is more important to live together across cultural, racial, and ever-blurring borderlines. I have learned many lessons on performance that have led to great things being accomplished and many yet to come. Lessons from a Legend – When you do business…

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Marcia McFee – Planning and Creativity

– Dr. Marcia McFee   We must talk about the processes of creativity: how we can work with each other, where the pitfalls are, and how we have different working styles. Those working styles can really be an asset at times, and, at times, can bog us down. People work in so many different ways.…

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Sherita J. Herring – Nonprofit: The Stepchild of Business

– Sherita J. Herring   What is a stepchild? Besides, “a child of one’s spouse by a previous union,” there are undesirable connotations. Merriam-Webster says, “someone or something that does not receive enough care or attention.” Random House Kernerman Dictionary states, “any person, project, etc., that is not properly treated, supported, or appreciated.” Stories like Cinderella teach that a…

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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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New Learning Mentality: Lessons from The Dead Poets Society

– Todd Greer, PhD   “You can call me ‘Oh Captain, My Captain’.” Professor Keating’s words turn life at Welton Academy upside-down. Modus operandi is gone. Keating’s poetry class meets an uncomfortable, yet enlightening world of thinking freely. The Dead Poets Society (DPS) presents an intriguing platform for rethinking how nonprofit leaders engage learning processes…

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