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Getting to know the Lee+ Associates team
Posted on: August 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

The Lee+ Associates team recently completed a fun (but surprisingly challenging) poll of some of our favorite things. The resulting responses will give you a snapshot of each of us, including a quirk or two. We hope you will enjoy getting to know us a bit better! Priscilla Cortez, Associate • What’s your most memorable fundraising related experience?  While working at UT Austin, a student in the College of Natural Sciences passed away -too young – from brain cancer.  I worked

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Getting to know the Lee+ Associates team
Posted on: July 18, 2017 at 10:05 am

The Lee+ Associates team recently completed a fun (but surprisingly challenging) poll of some of our favorite things. The resulting responses will give you a snapshot of each of us, including a quirk or two. We hope you will enjoy getting to know us a bit better! Priscilla Cortez, Associate • What’s your most memorable fundraising related experience? While working at UT Austin, a student in the College of Natural Sciences passed away -too young – from brain

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Strengthening your program’s impact comes from evaluation
Posted on: June 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

By Covita Moroney In working with our clients, particularly in the context of organizational assessments, Lee+ Associates team members consistently encounter nonprofit leaders who fully embrace the importance of demonstrating their program’s impact. My work with a current client (and past experiences as a nonprofit manager) quickly surfaced this core fact: most nonprofit staffs are completely occupied with the planning and delivery of their programs, and have little time to design and implement data systems

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Summer means…
Posted on: June 20, 2017 at 8:59 am

“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –Henry James For most nonprofit staff members, summer typically brings a slight slow-down in program activity, although for some it can be the busiest time of the year particularly if you’re running a summer camp or enrichment program. But for those who do enjoy this slower time of year, the Lee+ Associates team recommends these five tips to

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The revolving door: Turnover in the Development profession
Posted on: May 15, 2017 at 8:39 am

By Alexis De Sela Your Development Director just handed you her resignation. It takes you completely off-guard. You thought this was “the one” who would stay because she was 14 months into her tenure. You had no idea she was looking at other opportunities or that she was unhappy in any way, and this will be the third Director of Development to leave in the past five years. This revolving door potentially costs the organization

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Strategic Planning: Which way I ought to go from here
Posted on: April 11, 2017 at 9:30 am

By Shannon Kingman “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” said the Cat. Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire cat of Alice in Wonderland said it best – knowing how to progress as an organization begins with determining precisely where it is you want to go. The strategic direction of any organization begins first with a vision. Consider

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Why board training is essential for success
Posted on: March 21, 2017 at 10:17 am

By Amy Phipps If you need a doctor, you wouldn’t choose someone who hadn’t been to medical school. Why then does it seem that nonprofit board members don’t receive the training they need? In a perfect world, board members would be well-educated and informed, leading to deeper engagement and greater effectiveness. But the reality is a little different. According to Leading with Intent, a national index of nonprofit board practices published by BoardSource in 2015,

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In times of confusion…communicate more
Posted on: March 21, 2017 at 10:15 am

By Joyce Penland, CFRE Over the course of my time in fundraising, I’ve been told that it’s important in times of chaos and confusion not to bury one’s head in the sand, not to head towards the bunker and not to envelope oneself or one’s organization in a “cone of silence.” Instead, I’m told, “In times of confusion and chaos, good leaders communicate more.” We have recently witnessed several organizations that are going through substantive

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Every nonprofit needs a “dynamic duo”
Posted on: February 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

By Karen Kegg Batman and Robin, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Bert and Ernie.  These are some of the dynamic duos in pop culture who epitomize a partnership in which each one brings a unique skill to the table to accomplish a goal.  It’s a “dynamic duo”–just like a Development Director and Executive Director of a nonprofit organization. Many of the clients we work with have wonderful Executive Directors who are passionate about their

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Friends and funders…getting back to the basics
Posted on: January 18, 2017 at 10:09 am

By Marion Lee, CFRE The foundation world is changing.  In 2016, across the state, we saw changes in staff and board leadership and shifts in areas of interest and focus in private, community and corporate foundations.  In addition, we heard from foundations about the sometimes bad behavior that nonprofits display in seeking grants. Laying the “foundation” For the purposes of this discussion, we are looking at three different types of foundations: private, community and corporate

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