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Two Observations on the Salary Question

Monday, 07 18, 2016
Joan Garry recently wrote about a big question in nonprofit circles: what to do with executive salaries? Or, as she phrases it: Is it inappropriate for nonprofit leaders to be well paid? This is a question that comes up a lot. On the one hand, donors and nonprofit employees are trying to solve big problems, and […]
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Three Myths About Low Income Finances

Monday, 07 11, 2016
The fine folks over at ideas42 recently did a three-part series called Three Myths About the Underbanked and connected to a recent white paper called Reimagining Financial Inclusion. I highly recommend that you head over there and read part one, part two, and part three. Because there are so many misperceptions of how finances work for low […]
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People I Read: The ideas42 Blog

Friday, 07 08, 2016
In the early-ish days of blogging, it was normal to have a blogroll: a list of links to other (often more popular) blogs that the author was interested in. The blogroll would sit calmly in the sidebar and let readers browse their way to other blogs and other authors, discovering fresh ideas and insights. Now, […]
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Four Steps to Choosing Your Next Donor Database

Monday, 07 04, 2016
Every day, some huge number of nonprofit organizations is looking for a new donor database solution. I know this because they come to forums I frequent and ask, “What donor management system should my organization buy?” It’s an impossible question to answer. Every organization is different and has different needs. And there are a lot […]
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Minute Wise, Month Foolish

Monday, 06 27, 2016
It’s an easy trap to fall into. One day, a crisis pops up and you need to solve it now. In fact, you need to solve it yesterday. So you get to work. While you’re working on that crisis, another crisis arises. There’s no time now to address the second problem, so it gets put […]
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People I Read: Jeff Brooks

Friday, 06 24, 2016
In the early-ish days of blogging, it was normal to have a blogroll: a list of links to other (often more popular) blogs that the author was interested in. The blogroll would sit calmly in the sidebar and let readers browse their way to other blogs and other authors, discovering fresh ideas and insights. Now, […]
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Think Your Nonprofit Can’t Afford a Database? Think Again.

Monday, 06 20, 2016
Recently, I was talking to the executive director of a small nonprofit. She mentioned that her organization didn’t have a donor database – they were keeping donor information in spreadsheets – but she understood why one is important. A good database is your institutional memory; it’s where you, your colleagues, and your successors will be able […]
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If Churches Paid Taxes

Monday, 06 13, 2016
This is an article that appeared, in a couple of different forms, on previous versions of this blog. Since it critiques an opinion that’s become ‘common knowledge’ in some circles, I thought it would be good to repost it. A few years ago, the image to the right started popping up on my Facebook feed. For […]
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A Meme About Churches Paying Taxes

The Case for Charity

Monday, 05 30, 2016
I spend a lot of my time arguing against the case against charity (and linking to this post). You might get the impression that I am a relentlessly negative person, always arguing against something. But that’s not the case. You see, I don’t just think that the case against charity is wrong. I believe that […]
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People I Read: Vu Le

Friday, 05 27, 2016
In the early-ish days of blogging, it was normal to have a blogroll: a list of links to other (often more popular) blogs that the author was interested in. The blogroll would sit calmly in the sidebar and let readers browse their way to other blogs and other authors, discovering fresh ideas and insights. Now, […]
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