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May 15, 2017
Op Ed: Why CFRE certification is important for fundraisers, charities, and donors
Guy Mallabone, MA, CFRE, Hilborn Stanois Inc.

I became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 1995. I remain a CFRE because I know how important it is to fundraisers, charities, and donors to have a valid, accredited professional credential that is dedicated to upholding best practices in ethical fundraising. But not everyone shares my view..... More

April 24, 2017
Gifts Roundup: T. Denny Sanford Gives $28 Million to Advance Fundraising and Education
Maria Di Mento, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:.... More

March 9, 2017
Nonprofits pack $26 billion economic punch in Florida, new study says
Emon Reiser, South Florida Business Journal

A new study from the Florida Nonprofit Alliance reports that the Sunshine State's nonprofit sector provides an annual payroll of $26.63 billion and employs six percent of the state's workforce..... More

February 14, 2017
Empathy is a simple yet effective driver of success
Marcel Shawantes , Time Inc.

Imagine you could have a skill where--in any given conversation with colleagues, clients, or subordinates--you could be keenly aware of, and even experience, their feelings and thoughts..... More

January 20, 2017
How to Lead in Uncertain Times
Joan Garry, Joan Garry Consulting

The word I hear lately more than any other is uncertainty..... More

January 3, 2017
2016 America's Top 20 Women in Philanthropy
Malissa Shriver, The Business of Giving

Whether writing a book, giving a speech at a philanthropy forum, sitting down for a national radio or television interview, connecting with people through social media outlets or sharing their philanthropic story with investors, employees, grantees or volunteers, these Top 20 Women Executives, Thinkers and Experts are some of the philanthropic sector's most influential leaders..... More

December 19, 2016
7 Can’t-Miss Nonprofit Conferences for 2017
Nick Small, Nonprofit Hub

In our roll-up-my-sleeves and get-r-done, scrappy nature, we tend to take advantage of any and all resources at our fingertips in the nonprofit sector. We do everything we can to save money, achieve our mission and learn as much as possible at home or from our office. The problem is that we can only get so far by teaching ourselves through YouTube videos and endlessly searching Google..... More

December 14, 2016
'Tis the Season For Reflecting On Relationships
John C. Maxwell, The John Maxwell Co.

It’s December, and as the holiday season swings into full gear, chances are you’re getting ready for a party or two. Now, I love parties. I enjoy getting to spend time with the people closest to me, and to connect with new friends. But some parties are more fun for us than others. We look forward to them for weeks, and we’re energized after they end..... More

October 28, 2016
Wealthy People Are Giving Away More of Their Money
Dan Kadlec , Time Inc.

As the economic recovery has begun to lift jobs and wages for the masses, so too has it stirred the philanthropic spirits of the wealthy, new research shows..... More

October 18, 2016
Be Careful. VERY Careful.
JoAnna Brandi, The Customer Care Coach

There's nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. The media doesn't miss a moment of this horrendous, degrading and R-rated election process..... More

September 26, 2016
How to Create a Successful Year-End Giving Campaign
Nick Small, Nonprofit Hub

Donors are making their list, they’re checking it twice and they’re gonna find out which nonprofits have been naughty or nice. That’s right, nonprofits receive 50% of their annual donations in the last three months of the year—is your nonprofit ready for year-end giving?.... More

September 14, 2016
Half of Nonprofit Board Chairs Lack Official Training, Says National Study
The NonProfit Times

Nonprofit boards have placed a focus on leadership training and succession planning for organizational executives in recent years. Board chairs, themselves, might be in need of some on-the-job training..... More

September 8, 2016
How to Deal With Difficult People
Joan Garry, Joan Garry Consulting

We all have difficult people in our lives..... More

August 31, 2016
5 Questions to Start Planning Your Year-End Fundraising Campaign
Connie Poulos, Network for Good

When I was a kid, I would start writing my Christmas list in August. I wanted plenty of time to edit and revise the draft until I was sure that Santa would understand exactly what I wanted (and which items took priority). I even remember getting a little stressed one year because school was about to start, but I hadn't completed my first draft yet..... More

August 17, 2016
Mission Control and Strategic Planning
Joan Garry, Joan Garry Consulting

Ah, strategic planning..... More

August 1, 2016
Is Your President a Leader?
Gerry Czarnecki, South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine

There’s no doubt most presidents or executive directors of nonprofits have a passion for the cause. The real question is, “Is that executive a leader?”.... More

July 26, 2016
The Power of Collaboration: It is Time for Large Funders to be Leaders
Larry G. Raff, MPH, Copley Raff, Inc.

A recent article in the Boston Globe "Does Boston have too many nonprofits?" by Sacha Pfeiffer, addresses an often heard lament that there are too many nonprofits (stakeholder corporations) doing overlapping work. As the article points out, there are 40+ organizations dedicated to help disadvantaged students in the Boston Public School get into and graduate from college...and now there is a new one called OneGoal. OneGoal is attracting $2+ million in initial support from major funders in town, but others are balking and calling out the obvious redundancy it represents. The inefficiencies are obvious and economies of scale wanting..... More

July 19, 2016
The Importance of Coaching
Harvey Mackay, StarTribune

Athletes and actors have long hired coaches to help prepare for a specific competition or role. But they aren’t the only ones who can benefit from expert advice. Coaches are available to help people in any field improve their game..... More

July 7, 2016
What Foundations Are Missing About Capacity Building
Dan Pallotta, Harvard Business Review

Over the past five years, more and more foundations have come to understand that their nonprofit grantees’ infrastructure needs more love, and more grant money. Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, has gone so far as to issue this brave statement about Ford’s historical practice of only allowing 10% of their project grants to go to an organization’s core operating costs (and requiring that 90% go directly to the specific service program that was the subject of the grant):.... More

June 29, 2016
What Brexit Means for US Nonprofits
Seth Rosen, Joan Garry Consulting

If you have watched or read any news since the UK voted to exit the European Union last week, it is very likely these words were mentioned in the coverage:.... More

June 16, 2016
Giving USA: 2015 America’s Most Generous Year Ever

Donations from America’s individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reached an estimated $373.25 billion in 2015, setting a record for the second year in a row, reports Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015..... More

May 25, 2016
In Business and in Life, Trust Is A Must
Harvey Mackay, StarTribune

I am convinced that "trust" is the most important five-letter word in business — not "sales" or "money." Trust can be fragile, especially in the workplace. Once it's broken, few companies, managers or employees ever win it back..... More

April 27, 2016
Confidence vs. Ego: The Difference Between Success And Self-Sabotage
Cy Wakeman, Forbes

Many are guilty of buying into the common misconception that ego and confidence are essentially the same thing. They equate both with a brazen attitude that’s seemingly unflappable under pressure. It’s even been said that taking on such an attitude at work will get you ahead in your career..... More

April 11, 2016
The Four Deadly Myths of Fundraising
Gerry Czarnecki, South Florida Business & Wealth

In every professional activity, there are myths that work to prevent effectiveness, and fundraising is no exception. When board members, CEOs and development directors operate under these myths, they are likely to be far less successful..... More

March 31, 2016
Why Nonprofit Stories are the Secret to Success
Marc Pitman, Nonprofit Hub

Everywhere you turn, it seems someone is creating a new nonprofit to combat some societal evil. In the USA, the number of registered 501(c)(3)s jumped from around one million in the mid-1990s to over 1.5 million in less than 12 years. That is the equivalent of 801 new 501(c)(3)s being created each week…for more than a decade! And “501(c)(3)” is only one classification of nonprofits. It doesn’t even include the number of associations, chambers of commerce and political action groups. Nor does it include the penny collections and coin jars at convenience stores to help raise money for a neighbor’s medical bills..... More

March 24, 2016
The Necessity of Persuasion
Harvey Mackay , UExpress

We are in the thick of the most unusual political seasons I can remember. Who would have imagined the slate of presidential hopefuls that spans the spectrum? And what will it take for the candidates to convince voters that they should lead the country?.... More

March 15, 2016
What True Leadership Is All About
Matt Mayberry, Entrepreneur

Here is a fact about leadership that no one really wants to talk about -- it’s a lot bigger than just yourself. Sure, leadership can bring bigger paychecks and a whole lot more notoriety in most cases, but that’s not even remotely close to defining what true leadership is really all about..... More

March 7, 2016
How a New Generation of Business Leaders Views Philanthropy
Paula Goldman, Harvard Business Review

Andrew Carnegie’s advice in the 1889 essay “Wealth” was to spend the first part of your life getting as much education as possible, to spend the second part making all the money you could, and to spend the last part giving it all away for worthwhile causes..... More

February 29, 2016
Charisma is the Key That Can Open Any Door
Harvey Mackay, StarTribune

Some people walk into a room and all heads turn. When they begin to speak, people are mesmerized. They instantly gain respect and trust. In a word, they have charisma, one of the most desirable and enviable qualities in the world..... More

February 17, 2016
A Recipe for a Perfect Fundraising Lunch
Joan Garry, Joan Garry Consulting

For eight years I had a development director who was a total rock star and what I would call “best of breed.”.... More

February 8, 2016
7 Steps to Starting a Nonprofit
Nonprofit Hub, Matt Spitsen

Starting a nonprofit isn’t an easy task to undergo. With so many steps to take in the early stages, it’s difficult to know where to start. Let us help..... More

February 2, 2016
Small Businesses Giving Back More: What Nonprofits Can Learn from It
Eric Groves, Philanthropy Journal News

The bigger a donor’s bank account, the bigger their donation – right? This is perhaps true on an absolute basis, but, it turns out there’s a lot more to charitable giving than that..... More

January 26, 2016
10 Ways to Reward Your Nonprofit Staff When You Can’t Afford Raises
Mark Titi , Nonprofit Hub

Different things inspire different people to work for nonprofit organizations. What is it that inspires you to work for a nonprofit. Maybe it’s the compensation, but you probably LOVE helping others; especially at an amazing nonprofit. After all, it’s in your DNA, right?.... More

January 13, 2016
IRS Drops Controversial Nonprofit Proposal
AFP News

Thanks to thousands of comments from nonprofits across the country, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has dropped its proposal to create a new substantiation form that could have had charities asking for donor's Social Security numbers..... More

December 21, 2015
Preparation a Must for Success
Harvey Mackay, UExpress

I have written seven best-selling business books, and the title of each of them could have been "Prepare to Win.".... More

December 17, 2015
15 Ways (And 15 Days) to Make Your Nonprofit Better Before Year-End
Lyndsey Hrabik, Nonprofit Hub

Today, we’re exactly 15 days away from the end of the year—enter all of the cliché sentiments about what a year it has been, all we’ve accomplished and how time really flew by (even though those statements are true)..... More

December 7, 2015
Proposed Regulation Threatens Donor Privacy
Adam Meyerson, The Philanthropy Roundtable

Call to Action! IRS Proposing Charities Collect and Report Donors' Social Security Numbers. Your Comments Are Needed by December 16..... More

December 1, 2015
"Don’t Check Your Business Hat At The Door!"
Gerry Czarnecki, South Florida Business & Wealth

Most nonprofit board members serve because of a passion for the mission. And while many nonprofit boards carry a certain amount of prestige, status or cachet, most board members would eventually quit if status were the only motivation..... More

November 23, 2015
How To Write A Good Board Report
Joan Garry, Joan Garry Consulting

“Lunch at Disney Studios with Mickey Mouse re: Ear Size.” The Daily Grill. $73.57.”.... More