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Our family arrived in France in 1965, just twenty years after the end of World War II. In the tense context of a still ongoing Cold War. With American servicemen deployed on bases and military installations situated on the outskirts of French cities. All over Europe fo...

I'll have to admit. At first glance, the following six myths of nonprofit work are comforting. Reassuring. Even honorable. Each providing an idealized concept about the sector, the people who work there and those who support it. But I've worked in this sector for decad...

It happens with such regularity now. It has become so routine. Too many days too late, the C-suite mea culpa is finally scripted, staged and synched to render the least collateral damage to the company. Somewhere buried in that sanitized statement will be the two words...

"It's a real pleasure to be here. I've been looking forward to this," the foundation trustee said, shaking our hands. "Before we start, I want you to know the Board thinks so highly of your organization. We are real fans of what is happening here."

"Absolutely awesome,"...

The fundraising event was over. Well, the event was over. But the fundraising wasn't over yet. On my desk was the list. Names of people who had made donations to last year's event but didn't respond this year. My hunch? Perhaps invitations to our fundraising event were...

So, you've got a decision to make. Is this when your company or agency needs to hire a consultant---or not? Here's a short list of guidelines to help you think through the subject before you make a decision about a consulting arrangement:

HIRE A CONSULTANT:

When you need...

Some begin by default. A few by divine free fall. Others by determination and design. Regardless, here is some advice for all about to embark on their vocational journeys in the nonprofit sector.

At first, you will be smitten by the sheer wonder of it all. Soaring...

We all took our seats at the table. A year earlier the retired couple sitting across from us had approached our Advancement team. Expressing an interest in making a planned gift to our nonprofit. Since then, we had met with them for several lunch appointments. Mostly t...

Mother Teresa offered up some her finest work in the midst of the vain, volatile and vile social forces of her day. I'm not talking about her work in Calcutta. It was to the elitism, materialism and hedonism of affluent, western systems and structures that her witness...

Going through the buffet line, somewhere between the pistachio studded chicken salad sandwiches and the beef tenderloin and watercress sliders on brioche, she struck up the conversation. “Joe, we are absolutely thrilled to continue our grant support of the programs. So...

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