Category Archives: General Information

4 Steps to Create a Dashboard

In today’s information age, organizations are overwhelmed with the amount of information that they collect, track and monitor. Non-profit leaders must decipher all the data to determine what is meaningful and relevant to share with staff, funders, Boards of Directors and other community partners. A dashboard is a great tool to bring all the critical…

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3 Strategic Plan Tools to Create

Congratulations! You have journeyed through the 4 steps of our Strategic Planning Process and you’re ready for the final step: Create. (We covered step 1, step 2, and step 3 in previous blogs). The goal of a strategic plan is to develop timely, relevant and action-oriented plans for the future of your organization. Once you…

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How to Reach Consensus on Your Strategic Plan

We are continuing our blog series on strategic planning by focusing on Step 3 of our 4 Step Strategic Planning Process: Facilitate Consensus. Read more about our previous strategic planning blogs in this series here, here, and here.  The main purpose of this third step is for the strategic planning team to start to reach…

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Two-Generational Approach for Greater Impact

There are amazing organizations working hard to support the development and achievements of young children. Similarly, there are outstanding organizations working hard to connect adults with proper resources to attain success. It might seem like supporting each of those populations separately would naturally complement the other. However, a recent reflection on this topic has shown…

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Top 10 Do’s and Don’t’s of Hiring

As a small business owner, I have the opportunity to hire new team members. I did not take any courses in college or graduate school that taught me how to hire staff. (Sidebar, I did not even know I was going to be a business owner back then!) However, over the past several years I learned…

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Grants 101 – Types of Grants

We love seeing our partners accelerate their impact and serve their communities in a variety of ways. However, we understand the challenges you face and know that to do good work, you need money. Grant writing is one strategy for raising funds to accelerate your organization’s impact. There are two types of grants: Foundations and…

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Why More Funders Should Collaborate

“Partner” and “collaborate” are the buzzwords in the non-profit sector.  The idea of partnership is not limited to the individual organizations administering programming and services, but also applies to the funders awarding grants and funding. After years of funders encouraging grantees to partner, they are taking their own advice and working collaboratively. Funding in the…

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Is Your Non-profit a Cooperator or a Competitor?

With the continued growth of non-profits over the past several years (as we recently discussed in this blog article), some organizations view themselves in competition with other community organizations.  While this might not be the intention of Executive Directors or board members, often non-profits are competing for funding, clients, and even volunteers. However, a new…

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