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Why Mentors Often Show Up in Unexpected Places

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I love what I do. As nonprofit fundraisers, we are in the business of relationships, and I am so lucky to encounter amazing people every day who are passionately, stubbornly, and unwaveringly dedicated to making a difference in this crazy world. Earlier in my career I did not have a lot of traditional mentors. I […]

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Why Do We Need to Make Peace With Events?

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EVENTS. The one word that can bring shivers to any development professional’s spine. Followed by the statement that we have all heard and universally dread hearing in a board meeting from a board chair: “I think we need to do another fundraising event.” I can hear your chuckles now, as I do not believe I […]

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Why Do We Get Lost On the Hamster Wheel of How?

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Hamster Wheel of How

In theory, if we are successful in the nonprofit world, we should eventually work ourselves out of a job. Vision statements – like M.D. Anderson’s “Making Cancer History” tag line – imply that we are all working toward a goal of eliminating the problem or challenge our nonprofits are tackling. If we are ultimately successful […]

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Other Duties As Assigned

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Other Duties As Assigned – Why Don’t We Give Them More Credit? Oh, the infamous “other duties as assigned.” That little phase at the end of your job description that seems so innocent and benign in your interview that you barely notice it. It’s just the little phrase that they “have” to include – it’s […]

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Why the Nonprofit Sector?

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nonprofit career choices

“I fell into it.” I am not sure this is the answer we always want to hear regarding how we came to this profession, but don’t we hear it all the time? I certainly have said it throughout my career, and I know many of my peers have similar stories. Our paths to nonprofits and […]