I’m a big believer in passion. Passion can take you far when you work in nonprofit. It attracts others who are also passionate about your cause, which usually results in donations and volunteers. But passion isn’t enough. You need to be able to provide the leadership and management your organization needs to grow and fulfill30

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There’s a common misconception among nonprofits and it goes something like this: “Every last penny we can get our hands on should go directly to programs. And we’ll pinch that penny until it screams.” I agree that programs should be funded. In fact, they should be so well funded that you have all the supplies30

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I bet you’ve done it. I sure have. We bought right into the myth without even realizing what we were doing. What myth? The Myth of Boards. It goes like this: “People who sit on nonprofit Boards know what to do and they should help with fundraising.” Think about it: how many times have you30

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It happens to everyone. At some point, you’ll take your eye off the prize long enough to realize there are lots of other nonprofits out there, and they’re all asking for money, just like you. It’s easy to worry. “What if more people give to them instead of us? Their cause is sexier than ours!”30

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Look carefully at every nonprofit you consider really successful.  I bet they each have a clear vision they are working to achieve. And I bet it’s something impressive. Maybe they’re working to eliminate illiteracy in their community, or find homes for every homeless animal. Whatever their vision it’s something that people can easily imagine in30

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I’m excited to share with you my review of Andrea Kihlstedt’s new fundraising book, “Asking Styles: Harness Your Personal Fundraising Power”. You know how there are lots of personality profiles out there? Maybe you’ve done DISC or Myers-Briggs or something similar? Well, Andrea Kihlstedt has found a way to identify your asking style, based on30

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