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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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Lee+ Associates unveils new name and logo
Posted on: November 28, 2016 at 10:05 am

Marion Lee and her team at Lee+ Associates are revealing the firm’s new name. In announcing the firm’s new name, Lee reiterated that the firm’s passion and commitment to serving nonprofits remains solid.  “The strong foundation begun in 2000 when Mike Bacon and I formed Bacon Lee & Associates continues to this day.  Alexis De Sela, Joyce Penland, Karen Kegg, Amy Phipps, Priscilla Cortez, Shannon Kingman, Rhonda Serna, Barbara Marrou and I remain committed to

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When were YOU most sincerely thanked for your nonprofit gift?
Posted on: November 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm

By Joyce Penland, CFRE As we mark the fourth quarter of the year—typically the most charitable time of the year—we’re reminded that thanking is an essential element of the “giving circle” of cultivating, asking, and stewarding our donors.  We would argue that the “thanking” portion of the giving circle is the MOST important part of successful fundraising. Thanking, appreciating, and genuinely recognizing donors for their gifts is vitally important to our work and is one

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The “Annual Day of Giving” concept: Is it working?
Posted on: October 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm

By Marion Lee, CFRE Now that we have been through several cycles of annual giving days for nonprofits throughout the U.S., we want to take a closer look at the impact of these special drives and examine whether they are here to stay. As savvy development officers know, the purpose of such community-wide giving challenges is to increase public awareness of local nonprofit organizations, expand donors’ opportunities to give online to causes that mean the

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