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Leaders and Managers

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns0 Comments

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

In Evaluations, Leadership, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns0 Comments

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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No One Wants to Save a Sinking Ship

In Board Development, Fundraising, Start-ups, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Every organization thinks that they have an important mission and that everyone should support their work. The truth is that not everyone will support your mission, and that is especially true if you are struggling. Furthermore, no one wants to spend their hard earned money supporting an organization that is dying. Asking potential donors to “save” this or that will …

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SWOT-External Analysis

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Continuing on from the internal analysis post, this month I want to focus on the external environment. As you should now know, the internal analysis is all about assessing your organization from the inside (strengths and weaknesses). The internal environment is what you can control. The external environment you cannot control. The “O” and “T” of the SWOT are the …

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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 …

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SWOT-Internal Analysis

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Ah yes, the SWOT analysis. IF you don’t already know what that is, SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. This analysis breaks down in to two different components, the internal (strengths and weaknesses), and the external (opportunities and threats). For the purposes of this post, we will focus on the internal environment. Before we begin to analyze the …

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Types of Strategic Planning

In Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

So you want to move your organization forward, and you think that strategic planning will make everything better. Well, if you do it right, it could. Notice I did not say it will. Strategic planning is something that typically takes a significant amount of experience to become proficient. In many organizations, the directors may have some experience in the business …

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Part 2:Duty of Loyalty

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Duty of Loyalty This is part 2 of a three part series on the duties of board members. Continuing on from Part 1: Duty of Care, lets now look at the Duty of Loyalty. Board members have a responsibility to put the interests of the organization and its objectives ahead of any personal or professional interests. This includes the interest …

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Clergy Conflicts

In Board Development, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

While it might seem strange, having a member of clergy on the board of your religious charity may not be the best idea, especially when it comes to advocacy and fundraising. Who wouldn’t want the leadership and direction of clergy when addressing the issues facing a religious organization? Clergy provide sound doctrinal advice, are passionate about ministry, have access two …