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Board Giving and Grant Success – A Vital Link

Board Giving and Grant Success – A Vital Link

The Old Days… In the old days (over thirty years ago) I wrote my first grant for a small nonprofit when the vital link between board giving and grant success was almost non-existent. It was a federal grant for $90,000 for a rural runaway youth shelter. There...
Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership

Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership

According to John Maxwell, author of over 70 leadership books, everything rises and falls on leadership. As the leader of your nonprofit, your leadership abilities are crucial for the welfare of your staff, volunteers, and the community you serve.  It is imperative...
Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story by Wagging Your Own Tail

Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story by Wagging Your Own Tail

To quote my Aunt Babe (age 93), “It’s a poor dog that won’t wag its own tail.” This gives you permission to share positive observations about yourself.  For nonprofits, not doing this could literally lead to being ‘poor’. Wagging your own tail starts...
Lessons in Grant Seeking from a Tricolored Heron

Lessons in Grant Seeking from a Tricolored Heron

The Heron A bike ride leads to an inspiring Heron rescue I did not expect to receive lessons in grant seeking while on holiday break this year with my husband. On New Year’s Eve, we ventured to a new bike trail….one of our favorite pastimes. We sort of stumbled upon...