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Mission Drift

In Board Development, Book Review, Evaluations, Fundraising, Leadership by Geoff BurnsLeave a Comment

As an organization ages, it is not uncommon for it to experience “drift.” Drift can be a natural process of the shifting landscape with which an organization operates. A controlled approach to change is not really the same as drift, however. The March of Dimes comes to mind. Their original purpose was to eradicate polio, which for all intents and …

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Pinnacles and Milestones

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Welcome to 2018. For some of you, 2017 was a banner year. For others, it may have seen more setbacks. Regardless of how 2017 ended, that was last year and this is now. It is time to build off of last year and realize that no matter what you did in the past, there are still opportunities to improve processes, …

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Give and Get

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In any leadership role, you will encounter situations that require acquisition of new or expansion of existing resources. In this case, consider anything that could be considered a resource: cash, volunteers, staff, toilet paper, etc. Savvy leaders always begin by identifying both the specific resource needs and the quantity. Additionally, leaders utilize their networks, time and personal resources to assist …

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Leaders and Managers

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Much has been written on the subject of leaders vs. managers. It is likely that what you are reading today is nothing new, but hopefully you can take the information and glean something new for your organization to help improve your role in leadership (or management). It is often said that “leaders have people that follow them, but managers have …

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The Next Chapter

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It is hard to believe that we are coming to the close of the year and before long the snow will fly, we will get an extra hour of sleep that will be taken away in the spring, and new year’s resolutions will be made and then later forgotten. However, there is one thing that comes to mind when times …

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Death by Micromanagement

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When it comes to achieving results, management is needed. Goals need managed. Resources need managed. Programs need managed. People need managed. (See the trend here?) The reality is that everything needs some sort of management. Entropy is the natural increase in disorder in a system. Management is the process by which we try to limit or mitigate the disorder into …

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In Introduction by Geoff BurnsLeave a Comment

Not all non-profit organizations are the same, however, there are topically many similarities. High functioning high impact organizations all have one major thing in common: They assess and evaluate at regular intervals and make changes according to external and internal factors just like their corporate counterparts. Our company, Burns & Associates, Ltd. is based out of Central Ohio, but we …

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Want a Fundraising Board?

In Board Development, Fundraising, Introduction by Geoff Burns

Want a Fundraising Board? By Guest Blogger Karin Cox, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Hartsook Companies, Inc. We often hear nonprofit executives and directors of development complain that their board members don’t fundraise. In their defense, think about all the years that go into making a good fundraiser—the reading, mentoring, seminars and schooling, research, asking questions, making …

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Building Better Boards

In Board Development by Geoff Burns

Boards have the ultimate responsibility for making decisions on behalf of the organization. It doesn’t matter how big or small the organization is, the board can make or break the mission. Before you decide to nudge your board into a major overhaul, it is important know if a change is needed. As mentioned in the last post, assessments can help …

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What’s Your Event Fundraising Strategy

In Fundraising, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Not all events have the same purpose. Before you decide to host an event for your organization, you first need to follow the following steps. Create a special event that is meaningful to your organization, your board, and current volunteers. Pick something that is important but also that the community will want to be a part of and support. Spend …