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Strategy

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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​Successful Hiring Strategies

Adam Bryant of The New York Times recently addressed a challenge faced by every organization: How does one make the best hiring choices? It is a question he has asked nearly 500 managers – and are the useful strategies he has developed to consider.

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​How Mergers Can Benefit Nonprofits

The Street declared 2015 “A Year for the Record Books,” because it was the biggest year on record for mergers and acquisitions. Some of the high-profile mergers that year included Pfizer and Allergan, Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable, and Heinz and Kraft Foods. While these kinds of mergers and acquisitions are common in the for-profit business world, some analysts think it is time for nonprofits to look at the potential benefits.

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​When Your Body Talks, Listen

Many people can quickly express the ways their body might react to stress. They might be aware of back pain or sore muscles when there is anxiety. But some body reactions could be saying something more dramatic.

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​What Good Managers Know

A 2015 Gallup study showed that a shocking 67% of employees were either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work. This is a very concerning statistic as engagement encompasses ideals such as “having the opportunity to do what they do best each day,” being encouraged by a leader, and the belief that opinions matter. And those factors have a direct impact on important measures of success like productivity and profitability. So, how do successful managers encourage engagement?

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