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The Do’s + Don’ts of Virtual Meetings

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Let’s face it – virtual meetings are our new reality. At least for the time being. With the global health crisis in full swing, businesses and nonprofits are adjusting to a new way of doing business. That is, through virtual meeting platforms like Zoom, GoTo Meetings, G Suite and Microsoft Teams. And while this technology has become essential to our…

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The Board Scorecard – What’s Your Nonprofit’s Score?

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By Jeffrey Byrne Co-Founder + CEO Nonprofit Board members bring a diverse set of skills, experiences and connections to their organization.  Their voluntary involvement is the basis for the continued success (or failure) of an organization.  A Nonprofit Board member brings a specific skill set or a combination of skills to an organization which usually includes filling a knowledge gap,…

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Corporate Social Responsibility – Embrace it in 2020!

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As part of Jeffrey’s exclusive membership with the Kansas City Business Journal Leadership Trust, his most recent article takes a deep dive into the world of corporate social responsibility and why it should be a main component of your business plan. Click here to access the article in the Kansas City Business Journal or read on! By Jeffrey Byrne Co-Founder…

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Happy Birthday to Byrne Pelofsky!

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By Lisa Pelofsky Co-Founder + CEO Around this time last year, Jeffrey Byrne and I merged our two firms. It was a paced, methodical process that brought us to this point, but after a year of laying the groundwork, we merged to form Byrne Pelofsky + Associates in January 2019. One year later, here is what I have learned and…

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The Recession Wild Card – Jeffrey Byrne Featured in the Chronicle on Philanthropy

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Jeffrey Byrne, Co-Founder + CEO of Byrne Pelofsky + Associates, was interviewed by the Chronicle on Philanthropy for their 2020 series on critical events and trends affecting the nonprofit sector. Jeffrey gave his insights, based on 30+ years of fundraising experience, on how to prepare for and what to expect from a potential recession in the coming years. If you…

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Is Nonprofit Collaboration Right for You? Probably!

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By Lisa Pelofsky, Co-Founder + CEO One of the most important tools a good consultant brings to a client is collaboration. After providing fund development consultation for over 15 years, my greatest success stories are those that involve clients collaborating. There are a multitude of reasons for collaboration amongst nonprofit agencies. First and foremost, efficiency and cost effectiveness. The greatest…

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Create Charitable Giving Magic – Without a Wand

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Beth Silverstein Senior Consultant When donor passion intersects with institutional aspiration, magic happens.  But the real magic is what it takes to get to the pinnacle of relationship where donor and cause are seamlessly, intensely aligned. It is a well-known trend that donors are beginning to focus their giving, narrowing the number of organizations they support.  They are also looking…

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A Simple Standard for Ethics in Philanthropy

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Heather Ehlert Chief Operating Officer As if March Madness and the NCAA recruiting investigations weren’t enough of a distraction, the recent “varsity blues” scandal has people talking about ethics in giving (rightfully so).  Some folks are intensifying their criticism of large-scale gifts to colleges and universities (“the best and most-endowed institutions just get wealthier…”).  Others are introducing legislation (eliminating the…

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What Was Giving Up To in 2018?

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Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder + CEO Check out the latest snapshot of donor behavior The Quarterly Fundraising Report from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and Growth in Giving Initiative reveals some positive trends and opportunities in charitable giving.  But what are the facts behind this giving?  And how should nonprofits adjust their fundraising strategies accordingly? There are positive indicators, but we cannot…

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A Special Christmas Gift

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John Marshall Senior Vice President As our family looks forward to another holiday gathering, I can’t help but reflect on the numerous Christmas experiences we have shared over the past 50 years, starting with my wife Gwen and I as newlyweds all the way to, well, now. Christmas is such a special time for us as family members travel great…

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