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Five Things I Have Learned in 5 Years

I recently celebrated the 5 year anniversary of starting my business, “In the Know.” That’s me, surrounded by my amazing volunteer Board of Advisors. Each of them helped me to hit this milestone. And as I reflect back, I think of five things I have learned…all of which could help you with fundraising. 1 – Ask for help when you need it. When I started my business, there was so much I didn’t know. So I surrounded myself with smart people who all had different gifts: marketing, research, business experience, legal help, and more. I could have struggled through, but each of them helped propel me forward faster because I could learn from their knowledge. 2 – Nothing works better … Read more

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So You Want to Be a Consultant?

If you have worked for nonprofits for a while, there’s a chance that at some point you have wondered what it would be like to be a consultant. I started my business nearly 5 years ago, and I get asked all the time about “being my own boss.” If you have ever wondered if consulting is right for you, ask yourself these questions: Do you have the expertise necessary to be a consultant? No shortcuts here. The only path to being a great consultant is having experience in your specialty area. Do you have a robust network? The organizations where you have worked and volunteered are a great start. Bonus if you’re involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals or … Read more

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Staying in the Mindset of Discovery

Sometimes we get stuck. We look at a problem, maybe we’ve faced it before and maybe it’s a new roadblock, and we just don’t know how to…move…forward. Have you felt this way? Being a creature of habit can actually prevent us from looking at a problem from different perspectives. We don’t see a world of possibilities because we have already narrowed down those possibilities to what we have done before. Try putting on a new pair of glasses. I recently read a great book called “Innovative Mindset – 5 Behaviors of Accelerating Breakthroughs” by John Sweeney and Elena Imaretska. The authors talk about behaviors we can practice every day to be more innovative and to stay in the mindset of … Read more

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