November 24, 2019

An update to a blog written a couple years ago.

What will you be remembered for? Someone who was content at work?  Someone who earned a large salary?  I believe that most of us want a sense of meaning and purpose.

Over the years, I was fortunate to have had two grea...

December 17, 2018

I am writing this blog because of a recent article by The NonProfit Times entitled Don’t Pay Consultants a Percentage and also because of a recent phone conversation that I had with a professional contact who inquired about nonprofit consultant compensation.  I have al...

September 9, 2018

Editor's Note: This is an update of a blog that was posted on June 16, 2017.

Whether you’re securing a new job, or if you are a sales person at a company or a fundraiser at a non-profit, it comes down to relationships.  Organizations truly are the people who work there....

August 15, 2018

This article by Colin Fleming was in the Wall Street Journal on August 10, 2018. I'm posting it verbatim. I hope you find the article valuable.

Photo credit: Photo: iStock/Getty Images

"Why do we often feel the need to pretend our lives are better than they really are? W...

July 5, 2018

According to a recent survey of nearly 1,200 nonprofit leaders, the Concord Leadership Group found that only 20% of nonprofit executives said they were very confident that they had the leadership abilities to enable their team and their nonprofit to achieve its goals.


May 21, 2018

I have worked in the non-profit arena for more than 26 years.  At the time that I began working for a non-profit in 1992, it was very common for corporations to not see a connection between corporate social responsibility (CSR), charitable donations and revenue generat...

April 25, 2018

I’m very pleased that the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) selected me as their fund development officer last fall.  Last week, NAITCO held its first ever annual Leadership Summit in Chicago.  State leaders and sponsors from across the countr...

March 27, 2018

According to a survey conducted last fall of 3,000 executives, staff, board members and donors, four of five nonprofits struggle with leadership and management issues.

As a consultant and former head of a nonprofit organization, I have seen the struggles that they face...

February 17, 2018

Your first 30 days as a non-profit executive director are crucial in setting the stage for your tenure at the organization.  Here are my recommendations on how to get started:

1. Insist on an independent audit of the organization. Some individuals affiliated with the or...

January 9, 2018

With the American economy continuing to improve, many people are considering a job change. The nonprofit sector is experiencing increased vacancies, especially in top leadership roles. Some are retiring while others are jumping ship to work for another organization.


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