Author Archives for Laura Alexander

Board Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

November 1, 2017 12:50 pm Published by Comments Off on Board Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Despite reporting high levels of dissatisfaction with current board demographics - particularly racial and ethnic diversity - boards are not prioritizing demographics in their recruitment practices. Nearly a fifth of all chief executives report they are not prioritizing demographics in their board recruitment strategy, despite being dissatisfied with their board's racial and ethnic diversity.... Read More


Work Gotcha Down? Try this playlist of Inspirational Power Songs!

June 15, 2017 11:28 am Published by Comments Off on Work Gotcha Down? Try this playlist of Inspirational Power Songs!

When work gets you down, you still have to take the high road. Carry the torch. Inspire the next volunteer or donor. Speak to Rotary or present to Angel Charity. How do you keep your spirits up? Music! Songs that inspire, motivate, and energize! Songs that you can sing at the top of your lungs while driving to the board meeting! I asked several of our colleagues here in Tucson to share their secret power songs. ... Read More


We’re all mad scientists here: Concoct a better recipe for digital fundraising

June 5, 2017 8:35 am Published by Comments Off on We’re all mad scientists here: Concoct a better recipe for digital fundraising

Voila! I found the amazing study, M&R Benchmarks 2017, the11th Annual Benchmarks Study of nonprofit digital advocacy, fundraising, social, and advertising. I'm going to give you a little summary in this blog post, but here's the whole thing if you are interested: www.mrbenchmarks.com/#. They even have a form you can fill out to benchmark your organization: http://mrbenchmarks.com/#!/benchmark-yourself. If you try this, please email me the results. I'd love to know how our local organizations compare to the national study.... Read More


Leadership

Leading from the Inside Out

February 9, 2017 8:45 am Published by Comments Off on Leading from the Inside Out

Clarify and Communicate Your Organization's Values to Find Your Community of Believers and Create Greater Donor Loyalty ... Read More


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Do Gooder SHOUT-OUT!

February 9, 2017 8:41 am Published by Comments Off on Do Gooder SHOUT-OUT!

Our way of recognizing the nonprofit professionals in our community who we feel deserve more recognition for their good work!... Read More


Healthy Communities

February 9, 2017 8:39 am Published by Comments Off on Healthy Communities

Our community nonprofit organizations are doing amazing, important work and we are so grateful to be able to work alongside of you.... Read More


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Groundbreaking!

February 9, 2017 8:36 am Published by Comments Off on Groundbreaking!

I am proud to announce our first "Do-Gooder Shout-Out". This is our way of recognizing the good work of fund development professionals in our community, who we feel deserve more recognition and gratitude for their hard work. They can also teach us a lot about best practice in the field.... Read More


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Wait a minute… I thought we DIDN’T love special events…

February 9, 2017 8:31 am Published by Comments Off on Wait a minute… I thought we DIDN’T love special events…

I'll bet many of you were thinking, what the heck? I thought you didn't love special events as a fundraising strategy? It's true, Jenny and I are often critical of special events in our workshops, but that doesn't mean we think you shouldn't ever do them or that they can't be successful...... Read More


Amp Up Your Auction

August 29, 2016 7:49 pm Published by Comments Off on Amp Up Your Auction

Like us, you probably have mixed feelings about special events as a fundraising strategy.  They sure are a lot of... Read More