Golden Nuggets Blog

Board Development, Executive Director Development and Governance

  • What’s the Secret to a Successful Board Retreat?

    Planning a Board Retreat is a lot like planning a road trip. Knowing from where you begin and to where you want to end is vital. Planning so you know where you may run into road blocks, delays, and construction make a road trip less stressful. 

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  • Stop. Reflect. Lead.

    You've probably heard the phrase "the cobbler's children have no shoes," which is used to describe the phenomenon where professionals are so busy with work for their own customers or clients that they neglect using their skills to help themselves or those closest to them.

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  • How to Conduct a Nonprofit Board of Directors Meeting

    A successful and well-run nonprofit depends on a strong Board of Directors, and the primary vehicle for Board involvement is the Board of Directors meeting. Yet many nonprofits give little thought to how their Board meetings are conducted and documented.

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Financial and Risk Management

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Fund Development and Communication

  • Research beyond Google

    It’s so easy to fall into the trap of hoping that your charity will be the lucky recipient of donations from a wealthy individual. But hope is not a strategy. And if you spend your time chasing after wealthy individuals, you’ll be exhausted and probably not have much to show for it.

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  • Giving USA: Top 10 Points You Should Know

    Giving USA is a publication of The Giving USA Foundation™, and is researched and written by The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

    Here are our top 10 takeaways from this year’s report: 

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  • Writing Tips for Fundraisers

    Whether you're writing a letter of inquiry, a proposal, an annual fund letter, a case statement, an interim or final report—these are some of the questions you'll want to ask yourself before your start to write. 

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Human Resources, Leadership and Management

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Organizational Planning, Managing and Evaluation

  • Organizational Identity

    Every organization needs a clear sense of purpose that people inside and outside of it understand. People need a strong sense of belonging. Purpose and belonging are the two key ingredients of identity. Without purpose and belonging there is no true organization.

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  • The Facilitative Leader

    We all want to be part of highly performing teams. Yet so many groups get mired down in chaos and never achieve their goals. How do leaders manage group processes and inspire members to soar to new levels?

    Successful leaders benefit from having facilitation skills – whether they consider themselves bona fide facilitators or not. To facilitate means to “make easy” or “ease a process.” Facilitative leaders carefully and purposefully structure meetings such that members are engaged and work together to achieve desired results.

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  • Spring Has Sprung, It’s Time to Renew Your Nonprofit Organization!

    The sun in shining brightly in my neighborhood this week and temperatures are gently creeping into the "warm" category. Early bulbs are beginning to peek up from the soil and birds are chirping as dawn breaks in the mornings.

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