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Board Storytelling Tips

Board members make decisions to be part of a nonprofit’s leadership because they believe in the organization and want to use their skills to make a difference. But can they communicate this commitment in a way that brings other donors and supporters along on the journey?

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​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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