Lessons From My Mother

Last month marked one year since my mother’s passing from this earth. This past year has been marked by moments of heartache—for her guidance, conversation, hugs—but also growth and understanding. It is out of this major life milestone in this past year that I started my consulting business, after moving my family across the countryContinue reading “Lessons From My Mother”

Finding Collaboration Among the Pieces of an Earth-Shattering Time

With COVID boosters scheduled and the kids’ vaccine around the corner, there’s hope that we may be rounding the corner of our collective pandemic marathon. I have been wondering what will remain from this seemingly endless period of triage. I would love to see more organizations firmly establish more flexible work environments that allow teamsContinue reading “Finding Collaboration Among the Pieces of an Earth-Shattering Time”

The 1-2-3 of Annual Reports

If you’re the director of a nonprofit (especially an emerging one!), creating an annual report can seem like one more thing on your never-ending to-do list. However, it’s an important document that illustrates your organization’s mission and impact and demonstrates your fiscal responsibility—key elements in making a strong case for continued financial support. Foundations oftenContinue reading “The 1-2-3 of Annual Reports”

Beyond Counting: Setting Yourself Up to Tell Your Impact Story

Effectively demonstrating the impact of your organization not only builds awareness of the good, hard work you’re doing; it also builds trust and partnership—with donors, patrons, and most importantly, staff. Whether someone is giving dollars to a cause, volunteering time or straddling work-life balance, he or she wants to feel like those contributions are makingContinue reading “Beyond Counting: Setting Yourself Up to Tell Your Impact Story”