Out with the Old, In with the New: Avoiding Common Strategy Mistakes in 2012

It’s interesting how these Five Common Strategy Mistakes shared by the Harvard Business Review blog are as applicable to nonprofit as for profit businesses (albeit with slightly different twists). Many thanks to Joan Magretta , author of Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy, for alerting us to these common traps into…

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Survival of the Most Loving – and Loved (aka, Why do so many charities have ♥♥♥ in their logos?)

Why do people – with plenty of worries and expenses — give hard-earned money that could otherwise be spent on their own families, taxes and bills to complete strangers via philanthropy?  It’s not a rational thing to do. This is a question that puzzled Charles Darwin.  While known for his theory of “survival of the…

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Why are You Cutting Down Trees and Asking Me to Pay For It? 5 Cardinal Sins for Fundraising Renewal Appeals (aka, making a poor 2nd impression)

My last post was about the importance of making a good first impression with potential donors.  If you want to keep these folks, it’s equally important to make a good second impression.  Sadly, someone who should know better recently blew it with me.  And I hesitate to call them out, because as a nonprofit professional…

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