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Magical Nonprofit Unicorn Vu Le

Magical Nonprofit Unicorn Vu Le

October 25, 2016

They say never meet your heroes, but we did and we're even more impressed! 

Vu Le is the writer behind Nonprofit with Balls, a nonprofit humor blog taking the sector by storm.  He fights nonprofit inferiority complexes each and everyday as the founder of the Nonprofit Happy Hour and ED Happy Hour Facebook groups. He speaks to and inspires groups nationwide about fakequity, cooperation, and the importance of remembering nonprofits have the most attractive professionals across all sectors.  In his spare time, he runs the organization that he founded, Rainier Valley Corps, which trains emerging leaders of color in the Seattle area.
We sat down with Vu behind the scenes of the Network for Strong Communities' Momentum Conference where we talked about the blog, life in nonprofits, and made Vu pick a side between the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.  
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Managing Change

Managing Change

October 4, 2016

It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  In the spirit of that concept, we know as nonprofit leaders that change is inevitable – and it’s necessary for not only our mission’s survival but also for our success as an organization.  But people fear change.  And the best way to make progress as a leader is to tackle head on what we fear the most.

Why We Don't Like Change from the Huffington Post


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Wine on One: Starting a Nonprofit? Start Here.

Wine on One: Starting a Nonprofit? Start Here.

September 27, 2016

Starting a nonprofit isn't for the faint of heart! It takes commitment to the mission, business savvy, fundraising expertise and a whole lot more.  Marjorie and Natalie got out the bottle of wine for another Wine on One to tackle this tough topic of how to start a nonprofit with staying power. 

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Making the First 100 Days on the Job Awesome

Making the First 100 Days on the Job Awesome

August 26, 2016

The first 100 days of an executive director’s job can be crucial. Missteps made by the Executive, the board and the staff can reverberate through the organization and take years to correct. Today we are going to look at some tips to help EDs and Boards navigate those first 100 days.  Spoiler, it's not just the ED's job to make sure it goes well!

Resources

Your First 30 Days as a Nonprofit Executive Director from Joan Garry 

The Nonprofit ED’s First 100 Days from Nonprofit Quarterly 

Top 9 Priorities for Your First Month as a New Executive Director 

Getting a New Executive Director Off to the Right Start From BoardCafe  

The Nonprofit Board’s Role in Onboarding and Supporting a New CEO from Bridgespan 

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The Value of the Feasibility Study with Ellen Howe

The Value of the Feasibility Study with Ellen Howe

August 23, 2016

Everyone knows that when you are nonprofit organization the magic behind the mission is fundraising.  Simply put, no money no mission.  And fundraising has a three-phase cycle – you are either starting a campaign, in a campaign, or ending a campaign.  Today we have Ellen Howe, Senior Consultant with The Rome Group.  She been involved in the nonprofit sector for 15 years as a consultant, development officer and program director. Ellen joins Marjorie and Natalie to talk about what a feasibility study is and helps you figure out if it's right for your organization.  


Resources on Feasibilty Studies 

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Engaging Alumni and Former Board Members with Jan Misuraca

Engaging Alumni and Former Board Members with Jan Misuraca

July 29, 2016
Those who have gone through our programs and schools and have served on our boards can be a nonprofit's greatest resource. However, so often nonprofits just let them fade away.   Jan Misuraca, retired Executive Director of the Parkway Alumni Association, came to talk to Marjorie and Natalie about all the ways that you can engage alumni and former board members to create greater success for your programs.  

Here's some resources if you're interested in getting an alumni association or board alumni group started at your organization:
Q&A: How to Engage Younger Alumni 
Alumni Channel Blog: How to Start/Create an Alumni Association 
Alumni Channel: 14 (New & Updated) Best Practices to Grow Your Alumni Association 
The Hidden Treasure of Former Board Members 
How Does Your Nonprofit Retain Termed-Out Board Members? 

You can connect with Jan by calling her at 314-780-7472.  Find her on LinkedIn and Facebook

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The Role of the Executive Director with Cheryl Compton

The Role of the Executive Director with Cheryl Compton

July 15, 2016

It's the person you count on to lead your organization and build trust in the community. The role of the Executive Director is pivotal to the well being of any nonprofit organization. Cheryl Compton, an Executive Director with over 40 years of experience in the field, is here to share her experiences in the hot seat.  

To contact Cheryl at her organization, Call for Help, call her at 618-397-0968 ext. 123 or email her at ccompton@callforhelpinc.org. 
Here are some of the things we talked about in this episode. 
The Art of the Ask, Practical Tips for Fundraisers

The Art of the Ask, Practical Tips for Fundraisers

May 20, 2016

At the time your organization has the potential, you as a fundraiser can be the most vulnerable.  

Marjorie and Natalie wade through the feelings and fears to get to the fun of fundraising!

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Take Back Your Time

Take Back Your Time

May 13, 2016

Nonprofitteers wear so many hats, sometimes it's hard to keep them all on at once! Between our regular duties, email, meetings and social meeting, you can just hear your time sucking away.  

Marjorie and Natalie are here to give you concrete tips and tricks to manage all of that and we promise, we aren't taking away your email or Facebook!

Some of the articles we reference this week are: 

Joan Garry on Time Management (Our favorite tip here that didn't make the show is to speak to any living thing that shares your sleeping area before looking at a screen.)
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Fundraising Freedom with Committees with Mary Valloni

Fundraising Freedom with Committees with Mary Valloni

April 22, 2016

Do you struggle with getting your fundraising committees going and keeping them active? Mary Valloni is here to talk to us about the Seven Steps to Fundraising FREEDOM method.  We talk about how to recruit new people to get the right people on the committee, picking the right chairperson, getting them to gel and do life together, and keeping the committee moving towards success!  Together, you'll change the world one volunteer and one dollar at a time!

You can connect with Mary at http://www.maryvalloni.com/ and get her tip of the day at Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/maryvalloniconsulting/

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