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The Dangerous Case of the Endless Meeting

Written by Robert H. Isaacs | Posted on May 21, 2015

A nonprofit’s volunteer resources are as important as its financial resources. One sure way for a nonprofit to squander such resources is to run pointless, endless board meetings. 

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A Lesson in Managing Volunteer Resources

Written by Robert H. Isaacs | Posted on Apr 21, 2015

Nonprofit leaders tend to think of volunteer resources as infinite. In truth, volunteer resources are just as limited and precious as financial resources. 

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Nonprofit Endowments and Values-Driven Investing

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Current efforts to pressure colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuel companies demonstrate why most nonprofits should adopt official investment policies – policies that take values into account. 

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Turning a No into a Yes: The Importance of Pre-Campaign Assessments

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Feb 10, 2015

The author recounts one of the most difficult, tense meetings of his professional life. But all is well that ends well. The turning of an opponent to a supporter of a particular project demonstrates the value of Pre-Campaign Assessments, an essential fact finding effort that should precede any major fundraising initiative. 

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Moving Mountains: Mergers and Collaborations Among Nonprofits

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Jan 12, 2015 recent merger of three environmental groups in western North Carolina epitomized the trend of collaboration among nonprofit organizations. Increasingly, mergers and other forms of long-term collaboration are mission driven and not all about cost savings.

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Downton Abbey and Nonprofit Boards

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Jan 08, 2015

Downton Abbey, the much-watched British drama, offered a plot point of interest to nonprofit leaders: Waves are made with an out-of-the-box choice to head a committee to erect a World War I memorial. What’s the takeaway?

It really does matter who chairs the committee.

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Houses of Worship and Financial Transparency

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Sep 29, 2014

Houses of worship are the shoulders on which all of American philanthropy stands. We, as Americans, must work to keep it that way and prevent lack of financial transparency from undermining some of our most valuable resources.

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Seven Steps That Will Transform Your Nonprofit Organization

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Jul 24, 2014

Is your organization taking the necessary steps for growth?  Robert Evans puts together a checklist of a few of his favorites that can help reinvigorate your fundraising efforts.

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Don’t Let Your Gifts Rest on a “House of Cards”

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Feb 19, 2014

Would you accept a gift from Frank Underwood?  Does your organization have policies in place regarding gift acceptance and naming rights?

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