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Gratitude Boosts Donor Retention By Jonathan Steck

Gratitude Boosts Donor Retention and Commitment With donor retention numbers dropping across our sector, I decided to reach out to a circle of my friends to learn their experiences about why they give. I asked each of them the same question, hoping their answers would help me understand why donors give financially and more importantly,…

God’s Desire? By Mart Green

What does God desire for us to do with what we have? God’s desire? A short answer to this question would be that we should invest our earnings in three ways: giving, saving, and spending. How we allocate to these three buckets will be completely based on our heart — the choice is left to…

Successful Succession Planning Insights By Mark L. Vincent

  Successful Succession: Continuous Organizational Leadership I’ve witnessed many succession plans, leadership transitions and led several during my career. These experiences led me to develop a theology of ending well, studying bible story accounts of when leadership succession worked and when it didn’t. I wanted to know if divine guidance was present in any of…

Point of Light By W. Scott Brown

A POINT OF LIGHT: A TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH Our nation lost a statesman, distinguished leader and a point of light on Nov. 30, 2018. President George H.W. Bush was a leader who embraced humility, always avoiding discussion of his “legacy,” but who nonetheless left behind a leadership legacy of dignity, grace, integrity,…

Getting Composed By Rob McKenna

Getting Composed Under Pressure Six months ago I finished the book Composed: The Heart and Science of Leading Under Pressure. I wrote the book based on my research over the last sixteen years on the strategies that enable leaders to to maintain a sense of themselves and a connection to others during the highest pressure…

Are You All-In? By R. Scott Rodin

  It’s All His , So Are You All-In? Have you noticed that throughout Scripture, with God, it’s all-in or nothing? “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Though God’s people failed to obey, God makes this promise through His prophet,…

Generational Diversity By Heather Mausz

Managing Generational Diversity in the Workplace Many employers have preconceived notions about who a person is based on their generation. Perhaps they see Millennials as entitled or Baby Boomers as stuck in their ways, and it’s hard to imagine how a generation with a reputation for enjoying less work and more play can coexist with…

Legacy or The Long Play? By Rob McKenna

Which is it for You, Legacy or the Long Play? If I told you that much of your impact on others may not be realized for five, ten, or even twenty years, what would you think? I just finished watching a movie about Robert the Bruce, King of Scots. His story has some personal meaning…

A Ministry-focused Model By Wesley K. Willmer

What is a Ministry-focused Model for Raising Resources? In Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry  (Jossey-Bass), authors Tom Jeavons and Rebekah Basinger compare and contrast how a faith-based, ministry-focused model of raising resources is very different from a secular approach focused strictly on the bottom line. They concluded that it all boils down to…

Nonprofit Liability By Josh Chumley

Is Your Nonprofit Prepared for this Liability? Leaders of Christian ministries have begun to face more pressure from the culture these days. And the pressure is becoming more acute, especially when it comes to legal threats. Those who are in ministry can sometimes feel overwhelmed at assessing risks to the ministry. Beyond the ordinary legal…

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