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Start with Why

I have frequently written over the years about the importance of understanding that for-profit practices are not inherently wise and good simply because they are part of the vaunted for-profit sector, and, alternatively, nonprofit practices are not inherently inferior. Each sector has some of the right answers and/or best practices that could wo
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I Dare You

The rule “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is, fortunately, defunct.  At least in the military.  I think, however, it is alive and well in the culture of too many nonprofit boards:  if we don’t ask, we don’t know; if we don’t know, we can think everything is still great; if we think everything is still great, we don’t have to do anything.
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Living Philanthropically

Recently, I pulled out an old tried and true “ice breaker” for a group with which I was working.  I am not a big fan of ice breakers, as I am a very private person and not the touchy-feely type.   I don’t want to pull something personal out of my bag and tell you its significance or tell you three things that no one in the room—a room fu
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Handwriting on the Wall

It is time that nonprofits lost their sense of entitlement.  Listen up:  you aren’t owed anything just because you are a nonprofit. Sense of entitlement you are asking? How’s that work?  Let me count the ways! Frequently, I will hear expressions of anger when a nonprofit doesn’t get the funding it had sought.  The anger isn’t at t
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As Seen from the 52nd Floor

I’ve no idea whether funders read this blog or not, but I think I might be about to find out! It is time for nonprofits—and I’m speaking of those nonprofits that seek funding, not the nonprofits that give out the money—to “take back the night,” so to speak.  These direct service nonprofits that seek funds and in return provide a ser
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Strategic Planning for Life

As the fourth anniversary of my mother’s death approached, I thought about all of the things that have transpired in that short span:  too many deaths in the family and too many diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses; a nice number of graduations, mostly happily employed grandchildren and a pending wedding. A lot of momentous stuff, and ab