Welcome to CDO World™. Your place for topics relating to the role of the Chief Development Officer.

​Lessons from the World of Politics

It might be hard to imagine what kinds of lessons the nonprofit world could learn from the political one. Yet, Tarsha Whitaker Calloway from NonProfit Pro identified six specific connections to consider.

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The Slippery Slope of Perfection

No one is perfect. No program is perfect. No organization is perfect. And that’s okay. Here are some tips on how to accept – and learn from – mistakes.

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​The CEO-CDO Partnership

Open communication. Mutual respect. Compatible visions. These are the hallmarks of the most successful partnerships. These are therefore critical goals for those looking to create a mutually advantageous CEO-CDO relationship.

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The More Productive Meeting

Have you ever taken the time to calculate how much of your life is spent in meetings? These tips will help maximize the productivity of your team, potentially increasing donor funding.

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Fewer Facebook Friends Fuels Fundraising

Many people believe that the more friends they have, the more people who will donate to their charitable cause. However, new research shows that may not be the case, at least with Facebook.

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The Payoff for Planning Now

If you’d really like to maximize your return on investment, planning end-of-year fundraising efforts in August can help ensure you don’t leave potential donations on the table.

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​Tips to Target Millennials

Millennials now number more than 80 million and are poised to replace Baby Boomers as most-desired donors. But how best to reach this new generation of prospects?

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​Doing Digital Right

Most nonprofits recognize the value of the online opportunities offered by websites, email, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. But are they getting the most from these channels?

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​An Hour a Day Keeps Stagnation Away

Bill Gates does it. Warren Buffet does it. So does Mark Zuckerberg. What is “it” though? Many people measure their workday by how much they accomplish, but experts say factoring in “slack” time is key to accomplishing your long-term goals.


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