Teaching Your Board How to Fundraise

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Without fail, fundraising stays a top topic for board members and executive directors alike. Each group with its own expectations around the other’s roles and responsibilities. No surprise, the expectations of both the board and the ED rarely align. Leading to all sorts of conflict and passive aggressiveness (sound familiar?) So I was super excited […]

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New Social Enterprise Incubator Coming to Houston, Texas

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Last Saturday I had the pleasure of participating in a social impact “unconference”, hosted to introduce a social enterprise incubator opening in Houston. All I can say is, IT’S A-BOUT (hit the “bout” hard) TIME. A re-occurring theme throughout the conference was the (seemingly) short supply of resources for social enterprises in Texas, and more […]

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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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Takeaway From Bill and Melinda’s Chicken-Gate: Dialogue is Key

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You’d have to be “cooped” up to miss the “feathers” Bill Gates ruffled in his “fowl” up a few week’s ago (that’s it for the puns, I promise). Gates announced he’s donating chickens, in partnership with Heifer International, in an effort to combat poverty. No one is sure how, or why, but Bolivia was believed […]

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What To Watch For In A Fiscal Sponsor

Every now and again, the social impact space circles back to a familiar but intriguing idea. Not a new concept, fiscal sponsorship continually resurfaces as a popular option. And why not? As founders continue to innovate, and we continue to see loose networks mobilize for change, the idea of doing charitable deeds while hedging risk […]

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