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Rejuvenating Boards
Board and Staff Leadership REJUVENATING AN EXECUTIVE AND BOARD OF DIRECTOR Some call it writer's block. Others –laziness! For whatever reason, I had stopped writing my monthly newsletter. People have been asking me if I had taken them off the mailing list. They missed my monthly insights into how to make ...

The Three-step Solicitation Meeting
I've written several blogs about the importance of cultivating relationships in effective fund raising. Now comes the moment when the rubber hits the road! The solicitation. Once we have identified a potential donor, or would like to revisit a former donor to see if we can renew their gift, (perhaps at ...

HELPING THE NEW CEO FACE THEIR TWO MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGES
Every agency at one time or another faces the difficult task of hiring a new CEO.  If they are fortunate they will be able to find someone who comes to them with the experience of being a successful executive in another agency. But for a smaller and mid-sized agency, they ...

IT’S THE “WHY” THAT MATTERS
Last month I began promoting my new Executive Coaching service and in the last few weeks I have picked up three new clients. I don’t know if there is any relation between my promotion and these new clients, but it’s very exciting. My new clients are: Switzer Learning Center: a special ...

A STRONG EXECUTIVE = A WEAK BOARD?
Is there any relationship between having a strong executive director and a weak board of directors? I don’t know if I can make that sweeping generalization, but in the past few months I have met three competent, entrepreneurial executives complaining that they are having problems getting their Boards to step ...

Along with his strategic planning expertise, Barrie brought heart and soul into the room. His genuine interest in our mission helped to create an exciting, inspirational learning environment. We left feeling knowledgeable and empowered and look forward to making our foundation a reality.
Elizabeth Mac DonaldPresident/FounderElizabeth A. Mac Donald Charitable Foundation