Want to Fundraise Successfully? Use Human Service Design.

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Originally appearing on Medium…. Why does it feel like it’s getting harder and harder to raise money? Well, because it is. Our little networked world sets an incalculable number of charities at the feet of donors; ripe for the choosing. Which means fundraisers have to be a tad more thoughtful than a parking lot table […]

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A Guide to Contracts for the Purpose-Driven, but Easily Bored

All you could want to know on what contracts are, why they matter and how to use them.

Happy Friday!   It may be 80 some odd degrees and humid as all get out. But who says Christmas can’t come early?! I created this guide for clients and wanted to share it here. All you could want to know about contracts without rendering you comatose. What contracts are, why they’re important for social impact […]

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A Friendly Sales Tax Exemption Reminder

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Happy Hump Day! Take a moment from contemplating an escape to Costa Rica to read this reminder from our friendly Texas Comptroller. Their office wants us to remember that exempt organizations doing business in Texas still have to collect and remit sales tax for items it sells. This makes sense, as everyone pushes pumpkin spice […]

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5 Big Bylaw Blunders (Try Saying That 3 Times)

                          As I look forward to a weekend of Bylaw reading and revisions, I started thinking about some of the mistakes I see. They range depending on the organization’s size, field and expertise of its ED. But I almost always see one of […]

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Learning to Plan Better: A Social Entrepreneur’s Best Tool

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We’ve all heard the adage, “fail to plan, and you plan to fail.” But what does that really mean? Is failing to plan as simple as not planning at all? Or do we lump in not planning well? And is it true you always fail if you fail to plan? Or is that the case […]

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Nonprofit & Social Enterprise Updates: A Nonprofit Governance Conference Brief

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Last week I went to the Texas State Bar’s Nonprofit Governance Conference in Austin. And I walked away with a ton of interesting updates. Especially on things like the 1023EZ, audits, fiscal sponsorship and the state of the social enterprise. Here are 7 updates I thought were especially interesting, or at least ones I think […]

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Why “Can My Board Fire Me?” is the Wrong Question

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If I had a dime for every time a founder shows more thoughtfulness choosing Mario Kart characters than its board appointments…well….I’d have a boatload of dimes. But the easiest way to maintain an organization’s vision is to spend as much time as possible vetting board members and their fit with said mission. Treat the decision […]

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