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Bad Leadership Baked In

Bad Leadership Baked In

Organizations spend a lot of time on job descriptions. TOO MUCH time. In any given five-page job description, there are countless...

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We Swiped Left On Your LinkedIn

We Swiped Left On Your LinkedIn

Here’s the good news: nonprofit leadership opportunities are opening up. Cue the bad news: we swiped left on your LinkedIn...

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Chasing Unicorns is Killing Your Nonprofit

Chasing Unicorns is Killing Your Nonprofit

Every day, we talk to nonprofit staff and board leaders who, most of the time, are certain about what their organizations...

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Dear Candidates, You're Your Own Worst Enemy.

Dear Candidates, You're Your Own Worst Enemy.

Interviews are inherently no fun. While candidates can spend days worrying over the right outfit, the right answers, and...

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Stop Paying Lip Service to Equity and Diversity

Stop Paying Lip Service to Equity and Diversity

We haven’t talked about it much here, but an election happened in 2016.  In the nonprofit industry, especially in California,...

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What Would You Say You Do Here

What Would You Say You Do Here

Bad job descriptions are ruining everything.MAYBE it's because we're partners, consultants, and interviewers, or maybe it's...

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Strategic Planning, Taught by a Two-Year-Old

Strategic Planning, Taught by a Two-Year-Old

Being a parent often involves learning mountains of information you never thought you'd need to know – from the names of...

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The 5 Bad Board Members That Need to Go

The 5 Bad Board Members That Need to Go

FEBRUARY 14th: The day when cupid strikes via the cheesy Valentine’s cards and 99 cent-priced bags of chocolate kisses that...

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It’s Not Your Job, It’s You

It’s Not Your Job, It’s You

Sunday morning: you feel like you've hit rock bottom and hit the snooze button one more time, not because you’re tired from...

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Top 25 Holiday Drives In Los Angeles

Top 25 Holiday Drives In Los Angeles

'Tis the season for not just giving, but giving back. We've compiled a list of the top 25 Los Angeles holiday drives that...

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7 Signs You Need To Fire Your Consultant

7 Signs You Need To Fire Your Consultant

Let’s play a little game of truth or dare. We’ll start-TRUTH: we hate it when you hire other nonprofit consultants instead...

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How To Lose A Recruiter’s Interest in 6 Ways

How To Lose A Recruiter’s Interest in 6 Ways

We’ve all been on THAT date before: The anticipation builds as you get ready to see that special someone, you put on your...

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5 Signs You're A Victim of Founder's Syndrome

5 Signs You're A Victim of Founder's Syndrome

When it comes to nonprofit culture, no one is more loved or reviled than founders. Founders, for those of you unfamiliar...

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Board Meeting Bingo

Board Meeting Bingo

Let’s play Board meeting bingo. Are you ready?  We’re guessing it will take you about 7 minutes into your next meeting (23...

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5 Totally Obvious Reasons You Aren’t Getting An Interview

5 Totally Obvious Reasons You Aren’t Getting An Interview

It sucks. You’ve sent out resume after resume and you can’t seem to get a call-in for an interview.  Who do they even have...

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Gods, Martyrs, Interns and Bureaucrats (The Nonprofit Identity Crisis)

Gods, Martyrs, Interns and Bureaucrats (The Nonprofit Identity Crisis)

Unless you've hidden in an underground bomb shelter for the last few years,you've seen the memes about the "what my mom thinks...

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So You Want To Transition To Nonprofit

So You Want To Transition To Nonprofit

We know it's alluring. You've been rescuing dogs for five years, working silent auctions on the weekends, and serving on...

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10 Times Nonprofits Fooled Themselves

10 Times Nonprofits Fooled Themselves

We’ll be honest and take the cat out of the bag (or rather, bunny out of the magic hat). We held a round table at the office...

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Safari Field Guide To Nonprofit Management Pt. 1

Safari Field Guide To Nonprofit Management Pt. 1

Beware Of These 6 Types of Dysfunctional & Destructive Board Members!We know that safaris are a little passé, but when...

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5 Things You’re Doing To Help Us Steal Your Talented Leadership

5 Things You’re Doing To Help Us Steal Your Talented Leadership

We’re really enjoying nonprofit executive recruiting. We meet a lot of amazing, talented people and it’s been our pleasure...

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The One Question That Stumps Most Nonprofits

The One Question That Stumps Most Nonprofits

Imagine you’re a nonprofit consulting/recruiting firm and you get a call from Anna at ABC Nonprofit. Anna would like some...

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It's Time To Kill The Unicorn

It's Time To Kill The Unicorn

We love you nonprofits. We do. We're here for you, we're committed to you, we want to see you grow and thrive and serve more...

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@52nonprofits, the reason why we’re joining Instagram.
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@52nonprofits, the reason why we’re joining Instagram.

On my first day at Envision Consulting, partner Matt Kamin sat me down and said to me, “Now that you’re all settled in the...

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2015 Top 25 Los Angeles Holiday Drives To Participate In
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2015 Top 25 Los Angeles Holiday Drives To Participate In

'Tis the season for not just giving, but giving back. We've compiled a list of the top 25 Los Angeles holiday drives that...

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5 Reasons No One is Joining Your Board of Directors

5 Reasons No One is Joining Your Board of Directors

It feels like the 7th grade social all over again. You get all dressed up, they bring in special snacks to the gym….er…Board...

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Nonprofit Horror Stories: The Mysteriously Disappearing Donor
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Nonprofit Horror Stories: The Mysteriously Disappearing Donor

Two weeks ago, we highlighted George, the non-entrepreneurial leader who led his organization to financial peril. These tall,...

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Nonprofit Horror Stories: George's Financial Peril
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Nonprofit Horror Stories: George's Financial Peril

PREPARE TO BE SPOOKED WITH OUR REAL LIFE HORROR STORIESWe won’t bore you with talk of ghoulish haunted homes or creepy things...

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STOP HIRING CONSULTANTS*!
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STOP HIRING CONSULTANTS*!

*when you should be hiring an employeeOK, so we know it might sound a little counter-productive for a consulting company...

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Your Facebook Feed is Atrocious
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Your Facebook Feed is Atrocious

You took advice from the marketing gods and you created a Facebook page for your organization. You’ve started posting regularly...

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Nonprofits Aren't Like Netflix

Nonprofits Aren't Like Netflix

But That's Not An Excuse for Bad Employee RetentionBy now your Facebook has been inundated with about a thousand different...

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The 5 Bad Behaviors of Nonprofit Boards

The 5 Bad Behaviors of Nonprofit Boards

Poor Board Members. Here they are: generously donating their time, taking on personal responsibility and haranguing their...

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The Great Tom Hanks Quiz

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Merge Fields Make Bad Friends
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Merge Fields Make Bad Friends

Better leveraging technology for fundraisingTechnology is a gift. And a curse. The same beautiful technology that allows...

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My Donor Journey: Mary
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My Donor Journey: Mary

No matter what your mission, your location, or the age of your organization, there is one thing that binds all nonprofit...

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Social Media Basics
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Social Media Basics

  Love our blog and need help with your marketing efforts? We can help. Need more Boardmembers who read our blog? We're...

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we h8 our jobs
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we h8 our jobs

1987 was a great year. We’re talking 61% overall job satisfaction and “Walk Like An Egyptian” topped the Billboard charts....

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#NoOneCares
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#NoOneCares

(Don't ditch out on branding.)Nobody wants to be the "bad" brand. Bad brands end up at the bottom of life's laundry bin....

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Show YOU The Money (Strategies for Cultivating New and Existing Donors)
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Show YOU The Money (Strategies for Cultivating New and Existing Donors)

You’ve been listening and working. You’ve been blogging, connecting on social media and networking and now, your efforts...

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Bully on Board: Dealing with Board Members who Belittle, Berate and Break Non-Profit Organizations

Bully on Board: Dealing with Board Members who Belittle, Berate and Break Non-Profit Organizations

There's a lot of talk going on about bullying today, and while we tend to think of the schoolyard bully demanding lunch money...

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13 Uncomfortable Questions You'll Wish You Asked
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13 Uncomfortable Questions You'll Wish You Asked

So your best friend, business partner or mother-in-law just asked you to join a Board of Directors for a non-profit organization....

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Feel Like You're Just Treading Water?

Feel Like You're Just Treading Water?

As nonprofit professionals, we're pulled in a million directions. Not only do we have an organization to maintain with all...

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We're Telling You Because We Love You

We're Telling You Because We Love You

(clearing up stubborn fundraising myths) So there is a lot of buzz about the ever-changing landscape of donor cultivation,...

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The Call That Cost A Charity $25,000.00
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The Call That Cost A Charity $25,000.00

Can you imagine losing a $25,000 donation meant for your non-profit? The thought is cringe-worthy. In fact, it’s so uncomfortable...

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5 Things Funders are Tired of Hearing
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5 Things Funders are Tired of Hearing

Writing a proposal for funding can be a tricky endeavor. Much like a publisher sorting through thousands of book proposals,...

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The politics of a nonprofit workforce
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The politics of a nonprofit workforce

At some point, we all joined the nonprofit sector as a starry-eyed idealist. Take a second now and channel that spirit: you...

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Why aren't you doing a holiday campaign?
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Why aren't you doing a holiday campaign?

As reliable as Black Friday brawls and overindulged relatives, it's not the holiday season until charitable holiday appeals...

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Are You Ready to Join a Nonprofit Board? (part 2 of 2)
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Are You Ready to Join a Nonprofit Board? (part 2 of 2)

It's so easy to fall in love with any number of worthy causes these days. With the explosion of social media and some savvy...

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Are You Ready To Join A Nonprofit Board? (part 1 of 2)
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Are You Ready To Join A Nonprofit Board? (part 1 of 2)

FULFILLMENT. That's a pretty powerful word these days. Not only are we supposed to be successful, responsible, stable and...

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What You Can Learn From Lilly
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What You Can Learn From Lilly

What You Can Learn From Lilly(or, how Individuals are better than Nonprofits at Fundraising)A few years back we were interviewing...

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You're Talking, But Who's Listening?
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You're Talking, But Who's Listening?

Our inboxes are consistently overflowing with information. We know yours are too. Everyone is trumpeting from the rooftops...

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