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Summertime in New England. Its a notion writers have been pondering since Fredrick Douglas traveled to the island of Nantucket on August 11, 1841. There, at age 23, Douglas gave his first public...

Calling all board members: get ready for the flurry of fall activities that are a part of life within the nonprofit sector. Consider the following as you sip an iced tea, or bury your feet in the...

TIME FOR A RETREAT!

Summer is often associated with beaches, family vacations, hot sun and good fun. For those in the nonprofit sector summer is also the season for retreats. These are times set aside to focus on...

One of the biggest changes within the life of a nonprofit is the change in leadership. In most cases this will be accompanied by a period of transition with an interim leader. The position is...

Four things to consider when approaching corporate or philanthropic decision makers.

 

One way to help sustain your organization is to build and nurture relationships with decision makers who can provide finances and resources. Be intentional as you expand the number of...

Fundraising is a community endeavor, and our communities include the politicians who are elected to represent us at all levels. Current, former and prospective elected leaders are often involved...

Fundraising is a community endeavor, and our communities include the politicians who are elected to represent us at all levels. Current, former and prospective elected leaders are often involved...

Mary McLeod Bethune with girls from the Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in Daytona, circa 1905.

Reliving history with Melvin Shaw.In the early 1950’s I had the honor to hear Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune speak in a packed, hot and humid ...

WHERE WILL THE FUNDING COME FROM?

How will you meet your fundraising goal in 2017? This question typically elicits one of three responses. Some are confident they will be able to secure the funds their organization needs....

Are you ready for a successful fundraising year?  Are you already involved?

Before you go full force in the marketplace – whether with cultivation or...

Grow beyond being an “impulse donor.” Define your giving priorities in 2017. Three action steps & three benefits #saad&shaw #giving

Part One of a Two Part Series

As 2016 came to a close there was an avalanche of well crafted requests to give to nonprofits. These came in the US mail and via email. They were on...

Part Two of a Two Part Series

The financial health of an organization is often attributed to the board of directors. The composition of the board, its actions, the level of giving...

Checking your FUNdraising health symptoms

Part One of a Two Part Series

The board of directors of an organization is responsible for its financial health. What does this mean? How do you measure the fundraising health of...

The wings to launch FUNdraising

The new year is soon upon us complete with new year resolutions. Some are personal: lose weight, exercise more, be a more loving person, spend more time with family, quit smoking.... Others relate...

Nonprofits are ahead of the game when it comes to diversity. Is that true? We may tell ourselves that, but diversity – and most importantly inclusion – requires we take an honest look at our...

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