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About janetlevineconsulting

For over 20 years, Janet Levine has worked for and with nonprofit and educational organizations, helping to grow their advancement programs. Her consulting company, Janet Levine Consulting, serves a wide range of organizations from small, all-volunteer agencies to major national organizations. She regularly teaches courses in non-profit management, fundraising and grant development, both face-to-face and online at In addition to her nonprofit work, Janet brings years of experience as a business and sales manager in the for-profit sector. She has an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Money

Money.  Some people will say that the love of it is the root of all evil.  Others think it is the major measure of success.  Many of us, and I do count myself in this group, have a difficult relationship … Continue reading

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For what it is worth

When I started consulting more than a decade ago, I went from having a fair size staff to call on to having… one but me.  It was a bit of a shock to my system, and it took me time … Continue reading

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When I meet people who work at nonprofits—and, as a nonprofit consultant, most of the people I meet work at nonprofits—they generally describe their organizations by telling me about their programming and giving me a blow-by-blow account of what happens … Continue reading

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Being Realistic About Budgets

You’ve probably heard this one before.  About the woman who was flummoxed when her bank sent her an overdraft notification. “But,” she said, “but I can’t be overdrawn.  I still have checks in my checkbook.” That might be funny if … Continue reading

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Resourcing our nonprofits appropriately

The business man was angry.  He had just met with the executive director of a small nonprofit in his area, and he was appalled at how poorly the nonprofit was run. “What was wrong?”  I asked.  It was an organization … Continue reading

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