Category Archives: capacity

The Well Resourced Nonprofit

The businessman was ardently telling me how awful it was that nonprofits spend donated money on things like (gasp!) salaries, staff development, office space, benefits!  The money he gives, he told me, should only go to programs.  We’ve heard this … Continue reading

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When I Win A MacArthur

What would I do if I were to win a MacArthur Genius Grant (which I just learned really should be called a MacArthur Fellowship)?  It’s an idle thought, but one I have every year when the winners are named.  My … Continue reading

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The Rules Remain

  The board member sighed.  “What you are suggesting is old fashioned fundraising,” she said.  Things have changed so enormously. “Tell me more,” I said, knowing exactly what she would say: More people are giving online Mobile devices are how … Continue reading

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Studying Your Capacity

I don’t know about you, but I work best when I have a deadline.  A real—even if self-imposed—one.  For example, I produce a monthly newsletter (sign up at and I am pretty rigorous about getting it out the week … Continue reading

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Why Strategic Planning Fails

I’ve long been ambivalent about the value of the strategic planning process for most organizations.  It’s not that I don’t think it is worthwhile to take a longer view, consider what you would like to accomplish—it’s that most strategic plans … Continue reading

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