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  • 5 Positive Leadership Traits And Actions

    By The NonProfit Times — September 12, 2016

    While everyone wanted to be the line leader in kindergarten and Simon in “Simon Says,” many of us lose the desire to be the person others look towards as we grow older. Positive leadership makes or breaks an organization. Having the right people who know when to step up and when to let others be in charge creates more cooperation and more successful campaigns in the long run.

  • 4 Steps To ‘Once Upon A Time’

    By The NonProfit Times — September 7, 2016

    While nonprofit work isn’t all slaying dragons and saving princesses, your donor wants to think it is. Telling good stories helps your organization retain donors and have concrete evidence of the impact you’re making every day.

  • 6 Ways To Catch Elusive Millennials

    By The NonProfit Times — September 7, 2016

    Many news outlets will write about millennials as if they are explorers documenting newly-discovered species, observing every action with bewilderment. Appealing to the sought-after generation known as millennials, however, is mostly common sense and not as hard as it seems.

  • Information That Saved Members From Leaving

    By The NonProfit Times — September 7, 2016

    Membership means benefits. Whether you’re eight years old and want to join the Boy Scouts to roast marshmallows on camping trips or 58-years-old buying a membership package to your local theater, membership means giving something to get something in return. Are you offering your members enough incentive to stick around?

  • Speeding Up, Slowing Down With A Dashboard

    By The NonProfit Times — September 6, 2016

    Choosing the right financial dashboard can seem as complicated and time-consuming as finding “the one.” But, with an idea of the qualities you’re searching for in a financial dashboard, you can have a clearer idea of your “type,” narrowing down the field to only the true contenders for your organization.

  • 5 Steps Encapsulating Your Approach

    By The NonProfit Times — September 6, 2016

    Creating a simple, timeless approach to your fundraising and marketing is as simple as matching your shoes with your belt, probably.

  • The Teachable Moment From Mistakes

    By The NonProfit Times — September 6, 2016

    No one expects you to go out for drinks and be best friends with every member of the senior staff. However, it is important to develop some level of interpersonal relationships with all of your staff, especially senior staff, to make teamwork a priority in your organization.

  • Profiting From A Combined Promotable Universe

    By The NonProfit Times — August 30, 2016

    Looking for a higher yield from promotional emails and mail? Try combining lapsed members and prospective members into a single pool. The results might surprise you, according to executives from the AARP.

  • Crowdsourcing Is Also Community-Building

    By The NonProfit Times — August 30, 2016

    Encouraging individuals and groups to raise money for your organization isn’t “Tom Sawyer-ing” them into whitewashing your fence for you. It is creating engagement within your community and raising fun, and funds, for your cause.

  • Mainstreaming Your LGBTQ Fundraising Programs

    By The NonProfit Times — August 30, 2016

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community has grown and will continue to do so. That has implications for the nonprofit sector in everything from hiring to community support, including fundraising.


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In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!


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