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Lobbying: come on in, the water’s fine!

Written by Keely O’Sullivan Kurtz, MS, CNPReading Time: 2 minutes Nonprofit professionals are resource gatherers, community builders, and changemakers. We work to educate our stakeholders, build coalitions and mobilize them to take action. We are advocates.  Even though advocacy is a regular part of the nonprofit gig, one form of advocacy often makes nonprofit professionals nervous. […]

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The Evolution of a Program

Written by Katie Rossman, MPA, CNPReading Time: 2 minutes Now more than ever it is critical that leaders sharpen their skills and expand their networking strategies. With this in mind, Leaderosity was a program specifically designed to democratize access to high quality leadership training. The name itself means the act of becoming a leader.  In a […]

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Turning Passion into Purpose

Written by Katie Rossman, MPA, CNPReading Time: 2 minutes Growing up, I spent a lot of time volunteering in my local community. From volunteering at my local soup kitchen to volunteering with an organization that helped those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction — all of my volunteer experiences were instrumental in my upbringing and gave […]

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What do 320 billion coffee cups look like?

Written by Keely O’Sullivan Kurtz, MS, CNPReading Time: 2 minutes Would 320 billion Starbucks cups fill your high school? What about a professional football stadium? I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time picturing it.  Let’s think about this in a different way. It would take about 320 billion white chocolate mochas […]

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What is a Changemaker?

Written by Miles BilkaReading Time: 2 minutes You’ve been seeing the word “Changemaker” a lot from us recently, but you might be asking yourself what does it really mean? Simply put, a changemaker is someone who has a desire to make a change. Have you set your mind on tackling problems in your local community? Then […]

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We Have a Pit Bull Problem.

Written by Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, CNPReading Time: 2 minutes When I was first getting into nonprofit work, I had a friend who thought I was a full-time volunteer. He was a corporate bank executive and didn’t understand what we do in the nonprofit sector. It’s 25 years later and I still see him on occasion. He […]

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Identifying & Understanding Implicit Bias

Written by Miles BilkaReading Time: 2 minutes In present society, we are often faced with learning new information about others or ourselves that forces us to rethink how we view the world. One new piece of information that we might be unaware of within ourselves is our implicit bias of people within or outside of […]

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So, you want to stand out from the crowd?

Written by Katie Rossman, MPA, CNPReading Time: 2 minutes Congratulations, you are a CNP! You just earned the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential and now you must be wondering “How does the CNP make me more employable?” or “How do I get employers to understand what the CNP is?”. These, plus many others, were questions […]

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Don’t worry. You can always go to flight school.

Written by Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, CNPReading Time: 2 minutes We teach people how to save the world. One day – that now seems a really long time ago – I was on a flight, and I took a seat next to a pilot. Not THE pilot – because no matter how many frequent flyer miles […]

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7 Essential Nonprofit Management Skills and Development Tips

As the end of the pandemic has brought about new hope for nonprofit organizations everywhere, professionals have set their sights on the future, excited to continue growing and developing their organization.  As a professional in the nonprofit space, you understand that the best way to grow and develop your organization is by investing in your […]

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3 Modern Strategies for Better Board Decision-Making

Decisions are an unavoidable part of everyday governance and leadership. No matter how prepared (or unprepared) your board members are to make wise decisions, they’re constantly faced with new choices each day.  Whether they’re discussing financial or program-related matters, a lot relies on effective board decision-making. The direction your organization heads depends on these choices. […]

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