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Do this one thing for better program evaluations

Julie Whelan Capell | Last week a client asked “what one thing can we do to improve our program evaluations?” That’s an excellent question, and the answer isn’t complicated. You don’t need to create a huge outcomes matrix or buy statistical software. Based on years of advising clients on outcomes and evaluations, I can tell […]

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How can you spend more time on what brings you joy?

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | Have you ever gotten to the end of a long day at work and ended up lamenting to your spouse or friends how you don’t really like your job or whatever is filling the majority of your time? My executive coaching clients frequently say: I don’t like how I spend […]

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Just for fun: My favorite environmental scifi

Julie Whelan Capell | If you don’t already know, I am a science fiction fanatic. So for fun this week, I’m sharing my top picks for best environmental scifi. Novel – The Stone Weta (2020 by Octavia Cade) – When women working in environmental science around the world realize their work is being censored, they […]

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How to not dread your mid-year goal review

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | Who likes a celebration? Me too! So, lets talk about your mid-year goal review. Surprised you, didn’t I? Were you expecting something on events, a party, appreciating your employees? I’m actually going to talk about all of that. Goals are a reason to celebrate and show appreciation. It’s really easy […]

5 steps to build shared leadership

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC |  Last week’s post listed 5 benefits of shared leadership and 5 questions to determine if you’re modeling shared leadership. In case you’re not clear, shared leadership “involves maximizing all of the human resources in an organization by empowering individuals and giving them an opportunity to take leadership positions in their […]

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10 things you need to know about shared leadership

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | I’ve been thinking a lot about shared leadership lately. I’ve been coaching a team within a large nonprofit that wants to improve their communication and model excellent communication skills for other staff in the organization. I am impressed with the behaviors of the team members, including the team leader, related […]

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Do This Now For Your Finances

Judy Krause, MWA Associate | It’s summer! Time to relax and find ways to rejuvenate. While finding time to refresh personally, now is not the time to lose focus on how your organization is performing financially. If your organization’s fiscal year matches the calendar year, you have recently entered the second half of your year. […]

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Are your donor emails mobile-friendly?

Julie Whelan Capell | Since 60% of emails today are read on mobile phones, and that number is increasing all the time, it’s high time to learn how to create emails that are easy to read on smartphones. Before you start arguing that your donors are older and don’t use smartphones, check this out: During […]

What do you need to have a breakthrough?

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | I’m inspired to write about breakthroughs today because of two conversations I had in the last 24 hours with two leaders who said they are “stuck.” Who has been there? Do you need a breakthrough? You are stuck if you keep trying to do something without making progress, or keep […]

Yes, you should be sending videos to your donors

Julie Whelan Capell | Donor newsletters and texts are SO last year. Our email inboxes are overflowing. Our texts are full of emojis we don’t understand. But send a video to your donor’s phone or email and you’ll definitely get their attention. What I’m talking about are short videos–under one minute–that you capture using your […]

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