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Check Your Ego at the Door

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 9:31:11 AM

When the New England Patriots went to the Super Bowl in 2002, they did something that no other team has done before: Before the game, when every other team introduces its starters individually, New England came out as a team.

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, General Articles, leadership skills, professional development, Professional Skill Building, teamwork

Help Your CEO Become a Successful Fundraiser

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 7:51:13 AM

Savvy fundraising professionals realize that for their organization to be successful in garnering funds, leadership must come from the top. It is also true that financial development is but one facet of a CEO’s overall performance profile. A beginning point in helping the CEO become a successful fundraiser is to understand what priority the board of directors places on fundraising in its evaluation of CEO performance.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Board Development, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Principles, leadership skills, organizational development, Professional Skill Building, professional skill building, strategic planning

Never Underestimate the Power of Complimenting Someone

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 10, 2018 6:54:16 AM

I have come to the conclusion that the power of a compliment is not related to it size. Giving a positive accolade can do wonders for someone and these powerful expressions can come in the smallest of packages.

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, donor stewardship, General Articles, leadership skills, nonprofit management, Professional Skill Building, volunteer relationships

The Five P's of Leadership

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 9, 2018 4:14:10 PM

There are whole libraries full of things that tell you what to do about leadership and how to remember what’s important. Here’s another short edition to that library – the 5 P’s of leadership. They are:

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, leadership skills, professional development, Professional Skill Building, professional skill building

What Are You Buying?

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 9, 2018 9:22:10 AM

There are many good articles posted on the Internet today that describe the process of hiring a professional fundraising consultant—or a fundraising consulting firm. Although there is no question that a fundraising consulting firm’s experience and track record are important considerations—even primary considerations—I suggest that the skill set of the actual campaign director or fundraising professional is equally important. Thus, if you thoroughly examine the record and references of the professional fundraising firm, I would still investigate the fundraising professional on the scene by ensuring that he or she has a good mix of the following six skills:

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, campaign consultant, campaign director, capital campaign, capital campaigns, Capital Campaigns, fundraising, leadership skills, professional fundraising consultant

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