A Lesson in Leadership

Have you ever reported to a manager who was extremely proficient at process and organization but you would not judge them a good leader? This is not a slight to capable managers. Every office requires sound business management, structure and discipline, but true collective success can’t happen without a competent leader who understands how to [...]

By | August 21st, 2021|Blog Posts, Forum Blog|0 Comments

Getting to the Right Question

I don’t know of a single organization that has not spent the past year reevaluating its priorities and assessing the continued relevance of its mission. A year of existential upheaval seems to have given all of us a new sense of permission to explore our most daunting problems—particularly the question of how to address systemic [...]

By | July 18th, 2021|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Recruiting and Hiring in a Brave New World

It’s been just over a year since the fundraising world, as we knew it, was thrown a fast curve ball. Remote offices, online engagement, online annual and major gift fundraising, online meetings, and online management of staff and entire divisions. Then add to that remote, online recruiting and hiring. Who could have imagined? Many institutions [...]

By | May 2nd, 2021|Blog Posts|0 Comments

New Year, New List

January. The month when people who enjoy making lists are in their glory. On New Year’s Day, I reached out to a friend in my pod to see if she wanted to go for a socially distant walk to welcome the new year. She asked for a raincheck because she wanted to stick around the [...]

By | January 19th, 2021|Blog Posts|0 Comments

The Next Melissa

A quick stroll through my Facebook memories on September 29 reveals that a year ago, I was in Portland, OR. During that trip I met with a 1988 social work graduate. We’ll call her Melissa. It was the first time she’d met with someone from the University. Her most recent gift was $25 in 2009, [...]

By | October 15th, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments

A Beginner’s Guide to Living Intentionally

I am not fit.  My garage is not clean.  I have not written a novel.  Where did my commute time go? Like many of you, I have not been commuting since the COVID-19 outbreak began. After six months of “staying safer at home,” I calculated that I had saved a whopping 480 hours of time. [...]

By | September 24th, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Remote Advancement Divisions – The “New Normal?”

The term “new normal” is highly polarizing in certain circles. What is normal and what is so new about the way we are living and working now? Sometimes it seems as if the dialogue around a “new normal” sanitizes the idea that our present is okay because normal is synonymous with regular. Yes, there are [...]

By | August 18th, 2020|Blog Posts|1 Comment

Leadership During Complicated Times

Leadership is a difficult concept to master when times are good and an extraordinary challenge during complicated periods.  Dare I say we are in a complicated period? The pandemic has created a public health crisis and fiscal storm which has evolved into a political conflict and is further compounded by social tensions.  No challenges there…right? [...]

By | August 3rd, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments

An Opportunity to Move Away from Event Dependency

For nonprofits that have long been laboring under the heavy yoke of managing multiple major fundraising events, this pandemic crisis has created a window of opportunity to change that dynamic and look to create a more balanced approach to revenue generation. Many organizations for years have wanted to migrate away from this traditional dependency, but [...]

By | June 4th, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Keep It All Going

Here’s how we often experience change: first we’re told that change is afoot; then we see a few concrete signs of change, but it’s nothing major to worry about. Eventually, the time comes when we’re told—with some measure of discretion, sensitivity and respect for our feelings—that change is inevitable. And, finally, when we’re well prepared [...]

By | May 7th, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments