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A Real Reality Show: MacArthur Grant Competitors Vie Onstage for $100M Prize
December 13, 2017 at 11:23 am

Some key differences between “Shark Tank,” the hit reality show airing on ABC, and 100&Change, the first-of-its-kind MacArthur Foundation grant competition that saw its version of a final four present their ideas before a Chicago audience Monday: “Shark Tank” is about bringing a product to market, a new twist on the paper clip or a…

How to Lead Nonprofit Colleagues to Accept Reality
December 12, 2017 at 10:46 am

In this time of year-end fundraising campaigns, it's especially likely that professional colleagues might let slip that they are denying reality. It happens more often than you might think...

Secure Donations of Appreciated Stock
December 12, 2017 at 10:59 am

The stock market is up. Asking for gifts of appreciated stock should be part of your year-end giving approach. Start by letting your donors know that giving appreciated stock they’ve held for more than a year is better than giving cash. If they donate stock that has increased in value since it was first purchased over a year ago—and if they itemize deductions—they can take a charitable deduction for the stock's fair market value on the day they give it to your organization...

How to Guide Your Nonprofit Toward Mission-Friendly Growth
December 12, 2017 at 11:18 am

About 80 percent of startups aspire to scale-up their current operations over the next year and a half, according to a recent Abila Nonprofit Finance Study, and it’s important for them to understand that without careful planning, growth—even the nonprofit variety—can turn toxic. As the founder of MEBO International and a seasoned nonprofit leader, I’ve seen many…

6 Reasons Why You Need a Capital Campaign Consultant
December 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

During a recent client coaching session, we spent an hour talking about the reasons why it’s so important to hire a capital campaign consultant. Yes, we’ve covered this topic before, but the question keeps coming up. Besides, we thought of even more reasons that hiring a consultant is such a good idea. Why? Because any nonprofit that’s planning a capital campaign should really make the oh-so-worthwhile expense of hiring a consultant a budget priority!...

When Someone Says, ‘I Know All This Stuff!’
December 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

It was time to trot out my PowerPoint presentation and go through all the points of what we did as a company, the results we secured and how we did it. I was invited into the office of the president of a very prestigious eastern nonprofit. The purpose of the meeting was to explain what…

Say ‘Thank You,’ Why Don’t You?
December 11, 2017 at 12:09 pm

A few weeks ago, I shared how I made 20 online donations on Black Friday. For some, this was a repeat donation; for others, it was my first. Of course, all organizations sent me an auto-responder message and a “thank you” email message. So far, so good...

Salesforce Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation
December 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Salesforce announced today that it was joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation(CNCF), the open-source organization that manages Kubernetes, the popular open-source container orchestration tool. It is the latest in a long line of big name companies, joining the likes of AWS, Oracle, Microsoft, VMware and Pivotal, all of whom joined in a flurry of activity…