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Advocacy Re-emphasized
Posted on: April 29, 2021 at 12:30 pm

By: ML Bennett, MPA, CAP® President & CEO, The Arc of San Antonio Marion Lee penned last July that “In 2005, Barbara Taylor, Richard Chait and William Ryan wrote Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Board.  This book and its follow-up: The Practitioners Guide to Governance as Leadership from Cathy Trower are not easy reads, but well worth the effort.  Chait and his co-authors present functional Board governance as a series of how-to’s (modes and mind-sets) versus the

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This I know for sure…
Posted on: February 24, 2021 at 11:29 am

“For sure” is not as predictable as it used to be, that’s for sure!  2020 threw all of us for a loop and as we come into 2021, we hope that things will change for the better.  However, I believe normalcy may be slower than we had hoped.  As we all attempt to navigate our lives to get back to pre-pandemic status and the recent post winter storm chaos, we can’t help but think of

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Results Based Accountability: Measuring impact and success
Posted on: November 23, 2020 at 1:35 pm

By: Covita Moroney, CFRE, Associate has been a year that called you to adapt to one unanticipated challenge after another—factors completely out of your control. Whatever happened “out there” that presented challenges to you, if you are reading this article you are likely seeking a new lens through which to view the outcomes of your past and future efforts to make a difference. One such lens is the Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework. By this time

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Beneficial Discovery: Why good Feasibility Study interviews are so important
Posted on: October 21, 2020 at 11:30 am

By: Karen Kegg, Senior Associate   Feasibility studies, or planning studies, are a recommended tool for pre-campaign readiness.  Interviews are conducted on donors and friends of an organization who desire to launch a major fundraising campaign in the near future.  Not only is the study used to test drive a financial goal set by the Board, but to engage the donor base and empower them to make decisions, understand their wants and needs, clear up misperceptions of

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Next Steps: After the Study is Complete
Posted on: October 21, 2020 at 11:28 am

By: Marion Lee, CFRE For many nonprofit organizations, a feasibility study is a huge leap into the unknown.  An organization may never have attempted a major fundraising campaign for construction or endowment, or many years have passed since the last campaign. As noted in Karen Kegg’s article, feasibility studies surface information beneficial to the organization, but what do you do next? Once a study is complete, the Board and staff should take time to assimilate the

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Business as unusual
Posted on: September 14, 2020 at 11:28 am

By: Amy Phipps, Senior Associate As if nonprofit management, development, and program planning weren’t hard enough…welcome to 2020! Along with everything else, the pandemic has added an unwelcome extra layer of difficulty to all things nonprofit.  Clients with more need, revenue sources that dry up, more regulatory requirements – all make it harder for nonprofits to do their jobs at a time when their services are most urgently needed. It’s not business as usual this year

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Leadership Reframed
Posted on: July 29, 2020 at 8:27 am

By Marion Lee, CFRE In 2005, Barbara Taylor, Richard Chait and William Ryan wrote Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Board.  This book and its follow-up: The Practitioners Guide to Governance as Leadership from Cathy Trower are not easy reads, but well worth the effort.  Chait and his co-authors present functional Board governance as a series of how-tos (modes and mind-sets) versus the more common concept of to-dos (tasks and technical).  In his

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The best way to stick to your budget is to start one!
Posted on: June 17, 2020 at 3:57 pm

By: Barbara Marrou, Associate Why is it necessary to prepare a budget? Isn’t that the thing that takes an enormous amount of time and effort to make, and then is just forgotten until next year? If this is how you feel, then you are not using your budget to its advantage. A nonprofit’s impact is determined by its ability to make good on its promise to deliver services to its clients. A budget highlights what

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Annual funds are appealing
Posted on: June 17, 2020 at 3:51 pm

By: Marion Lee, CFRE Kenneth Burnett in his book, Relationship Fundraising, said, “Fundraisers are members of a profession that is one of the world’s most powerful catalysts for change.”  Good fundraisers raise money, great fundraisers make caring service possible by developing processes through the lens of relationship or donor-centered fundraising.  They raise life-long friends for an organization.  That friendship begins with an annual fund process-the cornerstone of an organization’s fundraising strategy. Primarily considered unrestricted funds,

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Our role as effective consultants
Posted on: February 26, 2020 at 2:37 pm

By Alexis De Sela, COO My decision to become a full-time consultant was solidified after I had a disastrous consulting experience many years ago: The consultant asked very few questions and didn’t listen when we spoke. He talked about himself, who he knew and how much influence he had, and inappropriately shared information about other organizations. He was condescending, implying that we were doing everything wrong and that following his “sage advice” was the only

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