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How to Build a Successful Nonprofit Board

How to Build a Successful Nonprofit Board

My favorite time of year in Texas is fall. The cooler weather is a welcome reprieve from the heat of a Texas summer, and fall’s arrival signals the start of the State Fair of Texas. The state fair is a grand display of all things Texas – deep fried treats, cooking...

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The Perfect Recipe for a Social Business Model

The Perfect Recipe for a Social Business Model

With the economic and global shifts resulting from COVID-19, everyone has had to pivot their business models. Restaurants are delivering meals rather than opening up their doors. Retailers are making it easier for clients to purchase online and pick up curbside, while...

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Inspiring an Impact Mindset in the Social Sector

Inspiring an Impact Mindset in the Social Sector

More and more, research indicates that one of the keys to success is mindset – the frame of mind through which we perceive, interpret and organize our complex world. In fact, science is showing – through studies with athletes, medical patients and students taking...

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Tricks of the Trade for Social Sector Job Seekers

Tricks of the Trade for Social Sector Job Seekers

In addition to being the time of year when the leaves start to turn and pumpkin spice is back in season, fall is also known as prime job-seeking time. And, with new COVID protocols, you really have to think about your strategy before you start searching to...

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The Color of Money

The Color of Money

You know a good thing when you see it. When I read the article, “The Color of Money,” in the latest issue of Advancing Philanthropy, the magazine published by AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals), I knew within the first two paragraphs that it was worth...

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The Collaboration Commandments

The Collaboration Commandments

As a political junkie, I always look forward to presidential elections and watching the democratic process unfold with the hope that the winning candidate can affect positive change for our nation. But, the election process is a contentious one by its very nature....

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Creating Win-Wins with Nonprofit Feasibility Assessments

Creating Win-Wins with Nonprofit Feasibility Assessments

When I was growing up, my mother introduced me to the music of Kenny Rogers. My sister and I loved twirling around our house, singing his songs at the top of our lungs. My favorite was “The Gambler” and the lyrics, “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em / Know when to...

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