The Top 10 Reasons to Be Thankful You Work at a Nonprofit

Since this is a “Top 10” list a la David Letterman, I thought I’d try a countdown. Click the arrows to scroll through the presentation. You can even watch this full-screen by clicking the ‘double-arrow’ icon in the lower right.

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A Template For A Great Board Orientation

Board Orientation

If your nonprofit already has an inspiring, helpful, put-together board orientation program for new board members, well done. Otherwise, read this…

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The Best Ice Breaker of All Time For Nonprofit Retreats

Ice Breakers in the Wild

Ice breakers are the worst, right? So when I facilitate a retreat, I always promise “NO ICE BREAKERS!” Confession time. I do use an ice breaker, and it’s…

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‘Founder Syndrome’ Can Take Down a Nonprofit. Here’s How To Avoid It

founder syndrome

Founders are remarkable people. They make a huge difference in the world. But sometimes, they also cause the long term destruction of their own organizations.

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How to Write a Good Board Report

board report template

Don’t bore your nonprofit board! Here’s the right way to write a board report that will actually get read. And remembered!

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The Donor Who Was Treated Like An ATM


Late one stormy night I opened an email… and there was a request for a major gift from an organization that only contacts me when it wants money. Shivers!

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A Day In The Life Of An Executive Director

Nonprofit Executive Director

Dear Diary: Coffee with a wealthy donor prospect. Seemed very interested so I made the ask. She declined and didn’t even pay for the coffee (Really?) Sigh.

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