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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.

Sometimes, Less is More

Thanksgiving week.  Quiet, except on the roads.  There, as ever, traffic, multiplies.  The political landscape is depressing. Fundraising is struggling. Despite reports that it is flourishing, for smaller, non-basic need organizations, that is very far from the truth. Money given … Continue reading

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On Asking

The other night I was the speaker at a Junior League general membership meeting.  My topic was about the fundraising ask.  But even before I got up to talk, one of the members gave the best workshop on why asking … Continue reading

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What Are Boards For?

Boards.  Probably the biggest source of consternation for many nonprofit executives.  How to get them?  What to do with them?  How to get them to do what you want them to do? If I were to compile an FAQ for … Continue reading

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Why We Should Avoid A Business Model

All of us in the nonprofit world have heard the mantra that we must run like a business. At lunch the other day, a colleague questioned if that was anything we should even aspire to. Not that we shouldn’t seek … Continue reading

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Say What You Want To Say

It’s that time and my mailbox—both actual and electronic—is filling with annual reports.  I’m always of several minds about these, but that is for a different blog.  This one is about the way nonprofits often report their expenses and revenues … Continue reading

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