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FUNdraising Good Times: Comprehensive campaigns: Where is the money?

FUNdraising Good Times: Comprehensive campaigns: Where is the money?Part two of a two part series

We were taken aback when, in casual conversation, an acquaintance blurted out, "comprehensive campaigns are nothing but a con game." We listened as he shared his experience of institutions that report campaign success but don't have the money needed to implement projects laid out as campaign priorities.
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Absolute Tire and Wheel is a winner on West Broadway

Absolute Tire and Wheel is a winner on West BroadwayAbsolute Tire and Wheel on West Broadway in Minneapolis was green before it was cool, and not just because green is owner Ron Ide's favorite color.

Today, as it did when it opened in 2006, Absolute Tire and Wheel, 220 West Broadway, Minneapolis, works to minimize used tires' impact on the environment.
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Cat's Away: This manager might need to hire a babysitter

Cat's Away: This manager might need to hire a babysitterWho Works when the Boss is at the Beach? Everyone except the boss, right? They should, anyway. But sometimes, it does not work out the way the manager hopes. Sometimes, in smaller companies or in standalone departments, people forget that even while the boss is away, everyone else has a paycheck - and possibly vacation days of their own - to earn.
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FUNdraising Good Times: Comprehensive campaign pursues multiple goals

FUNdraising Good Times: Comprehensive campaign pursues multiple goalsPart one of a two part series

Do you need to raise money for your nonprofit? If you answer "yes", you are in good company. Fundraising is critical for most nonprofits and it takes time to build relationships that generate the revenue needed to operate. Organizing your fundraising into a campaign with specific financial goals and timelines is one way to focus on revenue and invite others to join you in fundraising.
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Arrived! Career paths are not always easy to see

Arrived! Career paths are not always easy to see"It was a dark and stormy night." Many stories start out with a line like that. Unoriginal, and, if you choose to read on, you might hope for a more interesting, satisfying ending. I thought of the line while driving across Wisconsin for a kids' dance competition. We started the road trip on a bright and cloudless afternoon. A stop at Target slowed us down, as did a midday traffic jam downtown. Snow, ice and a closed highway loomed ahead and pretty soon our bright and clear day had become a dangerously snowstormy night. We wrapped up the four hour drive... eight hours later. Relieved, I texted a friend to say, "Made it."
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FUNdraising Good Times: Four ways to grow your alumni association

FUNdraising Good Times: Four ways to grow your alumni associationPart two of a two part series on alumni fundraising

Alumni associations offer memberships and raise funds for the colleges and universities they are associated with. Many are independent nonprofit organizations, others operate as part of the institution's alumni relations department. Some colleges have both an alumni relations department and an independent alumni association. Sometimes alumni fundraising efforts are coordinated, sometimes they are haphazard, and other times there is overt conflict between alumni and their alma mater. In our work with colleges and alumni we witness the good, the bad and the ugly. Here are four suggestions for how to grow your alumni association's fundraising program.
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Is the thank you note dead?

Is the thank you note dead?Kennedy had a job interview and wants to know, "Do people send paper thank you notes anymore? Or would that seem archaic?" I have been casually asking around about this for the past two years. Overwhelmingly, the answer is Yes. And No.
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