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Aug 27th

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FUNdraising Good Times: You can't sell what you don't know

FUNdraising Good Times: You can't sell what you don't knowPart one of a two part interview with Mike Bruns

Mike Bruns possesses the characteristics of an ideal board member: deeply engaged with the organizations he supports, generous as a donor, and he treats his nonprofit involvement with the same seriousness he applies to business ventures. He has a great sense of humor, a kind heart and a warm smile. He's also the founder of Comtrak Logistics, a national transportation and logistics company headquartered in Memphis, and chairman emeritus of Youth Villages, a national nonprofit. We recently talked with Bruns to learn the secrets to his success as a nonprofit volunteer leader.
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Any Questions? Savvy ways to end a job interview

Who are you? Where have you been? Why do you want to work here? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? You have answered every interview question perfectly. You are about to leave the office with a job offer practically following you out the door when the manager says, "Do you have any additional questions?"
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Starting from Scratch: Declutter one (electronic) space at a time

Disorganization happens. Sometimes in just one area; sometimes on a much larger scale. Lately, shows like Hoarders have really taken off. Earlier generations remember Sanford & Sons. There certainly are people in the world who live surrounded by stuff. Likewise, there are other people who watch those shows and pat each other on the back, saying, "Glad that's not us!"
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Workshop, seminars and conferences: blessing or curse?

Workshop, seminars and conferences: blessing or curse?FUNdraising Good Times

Continuous training, education and exposure to new people and ideas can lead to continuous improvement, motivation, and engagement. Workshops, seminars and conferences add to the skill set and competency of nonprofit employees, executives, board members and volunteers. The question is: what happens after the workshop or conference?
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Award recognizes Northeast Bank Community Service

Award recognizes Northeast Bank Community ServiceIn June of 2013, Belva Rasmussen, Ben Rasmussen, Eva Rasmussen and Sue Sjoselius represented Northeast Bank at the National Jefferson Awards celebration held in Washington, D. C. (Northeast Bank was selected to represent the Minnesota business community at the state level Jefferson Awards celebration held in November of 2012.)
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First step to success: Show up

This is a message to business owners and little people alike: show up. The difference between those who succeed and those who don't is directly related to who comes to the table.
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FUNdraising Good Times: Evaluate your nonprofit from a funder's perspective

FUNdraising Good Times: Evaluate your nonprofit from a funder's perspectiveDonors and funders don't necessarily tell you why they won't fund your nonprofit. Many will make their evaluation based your organization's presentation and reputation without sharing their objections. But, if you know the criteria by which you will be judged you can proactively prepare.
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