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interSector�s Take Five for Friday

December 19th, 2014 4:08pm

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

Our 2014 Holiday Edition toasts:

Holiday-themed nonprofit board humor with ‘Twas the Night of the Board Meeting, our good-natured take on board dynamics and fundraising. An annual staple since 2003.

Cohorts past, present and future. Celebrating the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange Inaugural and 2015 Cohorts with friends, our new business mentors and

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interSectors Five for Friday

November 7th, 2014 6:02pm

A weekly roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1.       As the NB3 Foundation executive director search continues, we had the pleasure of talking with some exceptional, talented, visionary candidates from around the country.

2.       One simple question: “Who’s selling pies?” opened a flood gate of Pie in the Sky enthusiasm. (Project Angel Heart board chair, Lorii, was fastest on the draw and earned our order.)

3.       Who can blame us if our co-branded Art Restart cards make us want to escape ...

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Nonprofits need to be more business-like

February 1st, 2012 10:45am - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

Nonprofits need to be more “business-like” – There, I said it.

If the recent decision by Susan G. Komen Foundation to defund Planned Parenthood’s cancer screening services to low-income women tells us anything, it’s that donors drive how nonprofits deliver on their missions.

When will the sector finally understand that a more sustainable path is open to them? Rather than begging for funds, changing policies based on political whims or creating programs to access new donations, let’s get focused on the business at hand.

Earned income strategies and social enterprise solutions are not only possible for nonprofits, they are essential for survival. An entire world of opportunity awaits the organizations that are willing to set aside the traditional donor-focused fundraising universe and focus on business metrics and strategies for sustainability.

I've made my last apology for saying that nonprofits ne ...

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How should you treat your best donors/supporters?

February 9th, 2011 3:11pm - Posted By: Rick Zwetsch

First…the set-up from one of our favorite marketing and customer experience gurus of all time. Get familiar with Seth Godin, if you’re not already, and you’ll be smarter every day until the day the world ends!

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How should you treat your best customers?

[Source: Seth Godin’s Blog]

Here's what most businesses do with their best customers: They take the money.

The biggest fan of that Broadway show, the one who comes a lot and sits up front? She's paying three times what the person just three rows back paid.

That loyal Verizon customer, the one who hasn't traded in his phone and has a contract for six years running? He's generating far more profit tha ...

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It must October; our clients want "to be more like the breast cancer people"

October 13th, 2009 12:30pm - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

Everything's coming up pink! Not only does Breast Cancer Awareness Month raise visibility and lots of money for breast cancer support, research and education organizations, it also raises the interest of nonprofits.

Each October, we're flooded with pink everything - a sea-to-shining-sea of pink - and it's hard for nonpofits not to think "if only we had a _________[insert: color, more popular cause, walk event, cause marketing partnership with the NFL, etc.], then we'd have all the money and visibility we ever need!"

While your nonprofit will likely not convinve the NFL to alter its gear for a week in support of your cause like the pink shoes sported by Tom Brady to recognize breast cancer awareness (see: http://blogs.nfl.com/2009/10/03/players-to-wear-pink-in-support-of-breast-cancer-awareness/ ), the ...

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