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Curiosity in Change Leads to Openness, Wonder and Possibility

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Aug 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Over the past two months, we've explored the concept of change, and how courage, curiosity, and trust can help you navigate it. Last month , we looked at the importance of practicing courage. This month, we’re taking a deep dive into the benefits of approaching change with curiosity.

When change happens, there is a lot of new—new people, new ways of doing things, new deadlines, new voices, new perspectives, and new outcomes. Approaching change from a posture of curiosity helps you maintain a sense of openness, wonder, and possibility in the face of all this newness.

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Courage in Change

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Jul 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

As I mentioned last month, change takes courage, curiosity, and trust. This month, I’m taking a deep dive into courage, and how it can help you approach, embrace, and engage change.

A little over a year ago, I began working with an executive director whose predecessor was well-liked and had a long tenure but left rather abruptly.

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Three Behaviors Necessary for Change

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Jun 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Our mission at Design Group International is clear: we help organizations and their leaders transform for a vibrant future. The word transform indicates some type of change. We deal with change every day and with every client.

As you might imagine, over the years, we have learned a lot about change. But mostly we’ve learned that change takes courage, curiosity, and trust.

Over the next few months, through my blog writing, I plan to take a deep dive into change and the three behaviors that I’ve found helpful in approaching, embracing, and engaging it.

This month, let’s take a bird’s-eye view of change and how practicing courage, curiosity, and trust can help. Let’s take them in reverse order.

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How Your CFO (and Other Leaders) Can Build and Strengthen Authentic Donor Relationships

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Apr 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Raising money isn’t always about asking for money. It is, however, always about making a meaningful connection with a donor.

CFO to CFO; a Non-development Development Conversation

A few years ago, I was working with an organization that had run a deficit for several years and was embarking on a strategic plan to help them pull themselves out of it. The new CFO had a huge role to play in this effort. With her team, we developed several strategies and tactics to address the deficit going forward.

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Topics: deep dive, nonprofit, fundraising and campaign consulting, stakeholder engagement

The Surprising and Powerful Role Volunteers Play in Building Authentic Donor Relationships

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Mar 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: deep dive, nonprofit, fundraising and campaign consulting, stakeholder engagement

Rethinking a Board Member's Role in Building Authentic Donor Relationships

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Feb 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Rethinking a Board Member’s Role in Building Authentic Donor Relationships

As you know, board members, key volunteers and senior staff play an important role in fulfilling the mission of your organization. However, even the most successful development offices can forget to utilize these people in their efforts to build relationships with donors.

Through the next several blogs we’ll look at some simple examples of how this can work and why these team members can be an integral part of helping you build successful and lasting donor relationships.

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Topics: deep dive, nonprofit, fundraising and campaign consulting, stakeholder engagement

Design Group International Announces New CEO

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Jan 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Friends, I am both humbled and honored to share with you the information below from a press release that is being sent to media today to publicly announce that I have accepted the position of CEO of Design Group International.

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5 Don'ts for Donor Relationship Building This Year-End (And What To Do Instead)

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Nov 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

This year through A Cause GreaterI’ve talked a great deal about the importance of  initiating, developing and sustaining authentic donor relationships. I hope you’ve found value in this approach to donor cultivation and stewardship, and have been inspired to try some new things in your work. 

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Topics: deep dive, nonprofit, fundraising and campaign consulting

CEO to Founder: Discovering Your Path to a Successful Executive Transition

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Oct 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

A friend recently told me that he wanted to transition from his role of CEO of an organization to a new role: Founder. I’ve known him for 15 years, and that desire intrigued me. “What do you hope to achieve through your transition?” I asked.

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Topics: nonprofit leadership, leadership coaching, deep dive, nonprofit

How Process Consulting Can Contribute to Capital Campaign Success

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Sep 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

An old friend called one day and asked if I could help her with a capital campaign.

My first question was this: What did she hope to achieve through the campaign?

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Topics: nonprofit, fundraising and campaign consulting