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910, 2019

Pitch. Not Perfect.

October 9th, 2019|Categories: Merle's Blog|

Here's a quick thought for the day. Take a page from the entrepreneurial tech community. Pitch! A pitch is a short (usually 5 to 10 minute) overview of your organization. It's designed both to share information and to attract attention. You generally wrap it up with an ask. There are pitch competitions - even for nonprofits. There are Shark Tank like pitch events including 1 Million Cups, a weekly coffee [...]

810, 2019

5 Key Messages to Attract Donors to Your Nonprofit Organization

October 8th, 2019|Categories: Merle's Blog|

One of your key roles as a nonprofit leader is to get others excited about your organization. There are lots of ways to do that but they all rely on your communication. Whether it’s a one-on-one, in writing or standing at the podium, your words make magic happen (or not). Improving what you say and how you say it will pay off in more volunteers, advocates and donations. It may [...]

210, 2019

Being a Connector

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Merle's Blog|

I decided to become a Connector. It was a deliberate act. Why? There were two reasons I made this choice: I was reading the Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, and discovered his conclusion that there are three kinds of people – Mavens, Connectors and Salespeople. I decided I was a Connector. Until I took his little test and failed. At the same time I was regularly meeting a friend, Kanani, [...]

110, 2019

Minor Miracles

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Merle's Blog|

Today I’m thinking about the little things. They are on my mind because I’m giving a keynote speech at a conference for Volunteer Directors. My mother was a Volunteer Director, so I know how special this group will be. They are the ones who make an organization hum. I think it’s safe to say, it is not a role I would do well, but that makes me admire them all [...]

1405, 2019

Pitch! How to speak & inspire giving

May 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Pitching is what you are doing every time you talk about your organization. Whether it's a one-on-one conversation or you are on the stage sharing with hundreds. You are the pitcher and what you say matters. A great pitch, in baseball or fundraising, takes a great pitcher. You can become one by learning and practicing a few simple rules. What will you win? More advocates, more volunteers, more donors. It [...]

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