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Join JB+A, U.S. Trust and Nonprofit Connect for Dr. Amir Pasic on Thursday, September 14

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Dr. Amir Pasic is the Eugene R. Tempel Dean and Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Pasic leads the world’s first school devoted to the study and teaching of philanthropy. The school is an internationally recognized leader in philanthropy education, research and training and is dedicated to improving philanthropy to benefit the world by…

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Do Your Homework, Sit Still and LISTEN

By All Posts, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Major Gift Solicitation, News You Can Use, Organizational + Personal Development, Prospect Research, Volunteers No Comments

Jeffrey D. Byrne, President + CEO We know to do our homework on prospective donors. You’ve heard me say time and again “Don’t commit fundraising malpractice!” (See my blog piece on the benefits of prospect research here.)That means do your research – because it reveals information about the wealth and capacity of prospects as well as information about philanthropic giving…

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Women in Philanthropy: Where Are We Headed?

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By Katie Lord, Vice President What are some of the complexities, challenges and contradictions you see in women’s philanthropy today? What do you want this narrative in the 21st century to include? On March 14th and 15th more than 300 women congregated in Chicago to address these very issues, and I was one of them.  My participation in the 2017…

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“Interim CEO”: Frequently an Integral Element to a Successful Transition

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Susan Spaulding, Founder & Lead Consultant, Recalibrate Strategies Editor’s Note:  We are pleased to introduce Susan Spaulding as a guest contributor. Susan is the Founder and Lead Consultant of Recalibrate Strategies, helping companies grow their business.  Susan applies proven marketing systems to recalibrate businesses and their brands by collaboratively creating a success blueprint and facilitating a process that harnesses insights,…

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Upon Further Review: More on Managing Boards of Directors

By All Posts, Boards + Leadership, News You Can Use, Organizational + Personal Development, Stewardship, Volunteers No Comments

John Marshall Senior Vice President Last year, I wrote an article entitled “Nonprofits, Boards and Managing Expectations: A Two-Way Street.” My effort was intended to share with the fundraising professional a few insights on what it takes to transform a Board from “good to great” (in the words of one terrific author, Mr. Jim Collins). I wrote about my experiences…

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JB+A Presenting at the Drury University Nonprofit Sustainability Conference

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Sustainability through Story-Talking On June 9, firm President + CEO Jeffrey Byrne will be making the keynote presentation, “Sustainability through Story-Talking,” for the 2016 Nonprofit Sustainability Conference at The Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri. Through real-life examples, Jeffrey will explore “Relationship Fundraising” in the 21st Century: examining donor-driven philanthropy, the emergence of non-traditional giving…

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The Mission Always Matters

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Dan Cosgrove Director of Operations + Senior Consultant As anyone in the nonprofit world can relate, there is a relentless pressure for funding. From sweating out the arrival of the next grant check to initiating a major capital campaign, the mission of the organization depends on delivery of funds. Oh, wait! Did I just say “The mission of the organization”?! …

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Board Scorecards – What’s Your Nonprofit’s Score?

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Katie Lord Senior Consultant Nonprofit Board Members are expected to 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. The specific skill set or a combination of skills a Board Member brings to an organization usually fills a knowledge gap, bringing expertise…

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High-Quality Onboarding Essential to New Employee Success

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Sandi Grimm Director of Administration Have you ever started a new job and after the first day, you feel like a visitor to a new land? That sounds pretty normal, but hopefully everyone involved is speaking the same language. Proper onboarding will not only make lives easier, it makes for greater productivity. According to the Society for Human Resource Management…

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Nonprofits, Boards and Managing Expectations: A Two-Way Street

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John F. Marshall Senior Vice President In 2016, I will mark my 40th year as a fundraising professional. During that time I have served in higher education, healthcare, human services and the arts. Each sector was much different from the others with one exception: nonprofits within each are (for the most part) governed by Boards of Directors and rely on…

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