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How to Plan for a Great New Year – 3 Simple Steps

A Better YOU Means a Better Nonprofit Organization

We are almost 2 weeks into 2014 and I am still excited about and working on my goals and intentions for the New Year.  Many people made resolutions and are working hard to build new habits and make their goals a reality.  As we all work towards those accomplishments, here are three simple steps that you can take to plan for a great year.  These will help if you have already made resolutions or not.  If you have already made resolutions, use these steps to reorganize how you think about them.  Starting with the successes that you accomplished in 2013 will help remind you of your strength, power and potential. Read More

Manage your Meetings: 5 Tips to an Efficient Nonprofit Board Meeting

How to Create Efficient Nonprofit Board Meetings

  Although we can’t expect every nonprofit board meeting to be fun and full of laughs, they all do not have to be long and boring.  I have experienced many laborious board meetings and have heard many stories of extremely long-winded, inefficient and sometimes inappropriate board meetings.  Here are some tips that can help cut the length of your board meetings as well as make them more focused and therefore more enjoyable. Read More

A Nonprofit’s Magic: How to make the secret sauce.

A Nonprofit’s Magic: It’s In the Secret Sauce
  You may be wondering why I would align the dedicated and hard work of nonprofit organizations with magic.  Magic is believed to be part of fantasy as well as have other negative connotations.  But, many of us catch ourselves wishing for things that we do not have.  We at times share the fantasy of magic to hope for something that is not currently part of our reality.   I’m sure many nonprofit leaders, managers, staff and volunteers have at one moment in time ‘wished’ for more money, stronger partners, additional manpower, better perks, etc.    Read More

How to Take a Break to Benefit Your Nonprofit

Take a Break for the good of your nonprofit

It sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but could taking a break really help your nonprofit?  I was recently listening to Ali Brown, the Entrepreneur Coach, about being a successful entrepreneur.  She spoke about different people’s practices of either ‘thinking or doing’.  Ali states that people typically function in 1 of 2 ways.
  1. Spend a lot of time thinking about what they would like to do, but do not take action on their thoughts.
  2. Spend a lot of time doing and working and do not take a break to think or to be strategic about their goals. Read More