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Strategy

Keep Your Competitors Close

Each nonprofit seeks to carve out its own area, to ensure sustainability and survival. But what if competitors could assist in your success? 

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Nonprofits and the Long Haul

A strong mission, passionate staff and a big vision are critical for a nonprofit to succeed. But what is it that makes the difference between long-term survival and a short-term burst of success?

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Rethinking Social Media Strategies

It is no secret to nonprofits that social media can reach donors in big ways. But it can be hard for any nonprofit to make sure it is getting the maximum return on its investment. 

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Being Mindful at Work

Finding ways to be mindful in day-to-day life doesn’t just make one feel good, but it can actually improve the brain. 

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​Just Breathe: Tips to Reduce Stress

Taking a breath replenishes the oxygen to the brain and organs. It helps the cardiopulmonary system spread nutrients throughout the body and moves toxins out. Unfortunately, humans can sometimes make it less beneficial.

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Embracing the Unexpected

There is a reason that many fundraising programs stick with the tried and true. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for taking some risks.

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​Innovation for a Stronger Organization

Innovation can be an unsettling word for some nonprofits. By its very nature, innovation is uncertain and it carries the risk of failure. Those concerns can prevent organizations from seeing its importance.

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​Keeping It Real

One of the most important parts of maintaining an engaged, enthusiastic donor base is clearly communicating the organization’s vision and strategy. But what happens when a donor walks away from these conversations with unrealistic or unclear expectations?

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