Attitude of Gratitude

The Phone Less Travelled

With apologies to Robert Frost, Yogi Berra, and M. Scott Peck Mike Westby Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down [...]

Philanthropy Turns ‘Hows’ into ‘Wows’

This particular column on philanthropy comes to you from the center of our state where last night our company participated in a record-setting paddle raise along the shores of Lake Chelan. A [...]

Take These 5 Steps Before Starting Your Capital Campaign

The beginning stages of a capital campaign can be an exhilarating and scary time. You know you have a burning need – for a new building, a new program, a new position – and the possibilities you [...]

Sponsors: How Important Are They

The short answer? Very. When it comes to planning and executing your nonprofit’s event, the mix of sponsors can be the difference between failure, success, or wild success. Developing those [...]

4 Principles For Creating Commitments Instead of Donations

Writing Grants and Keeping Your Sanity

A Tale of Two Gardens

I love to garden, it’s in my blood. Growing up in [what used to be] the outskirts of Boise, Idaho, my family depended on our large garden to provide 90% of the produce we ate during the year. But [...]

Where We All Come Together

Those who know me have probably heard me say “I can’t afford politics.” That is to say, I can’t afford to express a viewpoint that polarizes my clientele. This, I acknowledge, has the [...]

The Slippery Slope

I see a lot of slippery slopes. And I don’t even ski. The slippery slopes I encounter are a metaphor for uncertain leadership.

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