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3 Things Every Donor Wants to Know in a Crisis

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Mar 17, 2020 9:01:50 AM

Over the past several weeks we have all had to respond to the novel Coronavirus in some way. It has impacted each of us, our organizations, and our constituencies in a multitude of ways. 

In working with a client who is currently in the midst of a capital campaign, the virus crisis posed a set of unique challenges. We had to think back to other times of crisis or significant organizational challenge to consider how to potentially respond and communicate with donors.

As we worked, we found these 3 things every donor wants to know in a crisis to be helpful.

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Topics: nonprofit leadership, organizational purpose, Non-Profit Leadership, capital campaigns, leadership and communication, capital campaign communications, leadership communication, relationship building, lon swartzentruber, crisis communication, crisis, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Three Essential Elements of a Successful Capital Campaign

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Feb 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

You may be on the cusp of launching a capital campaign, an organizational funding initiative, or your annual fund drive. No matter what “campaign” you are seeking to initiate, there are three essential elements that can help ensure its success.

For the next couple of months, A Cause Greater will focus on these three elements:

  • articulating a clear sense of purpose, or the campaign’s “why.”
  • developing deep and committed relationships to support your cause.
  • using time as your ally
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Topics: nonprofit leadership, capital campaigns, capital campaign communications, relationship building, lon swartzentruber, donor relationships, advancement, deep dive, nonprofit, fundraising and campaign consulting

Pas de deux: Creating An Environment Where There is Alignment, Commitment, And Trust

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Jan 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Over the past three months, we have reviewed three environments and three behaviors that can help a board and chief executive achieve a close, collaborative, and trusting relationship with each other.

Below is the simple framework that we have been utilizing.

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Topics: nonprofit leadership, leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit

Pas de deux: Creating An Environment Where People Have Clarity on Their Roles and Communicate Openly

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Dec 12, 2019 8:12:18 AM

Over the past few months, we have been considering a different way of approaching board governance. Or more clearly stated, the relationship between the board and the chief executive. In this months’ post, we consider how creating an environment where roles and expectations are clear, and when people openly communicate with each other can equip them to move together.

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Topics: nonprofit leadership, leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit

Pas de deux: Creating An Environment That is Open

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Nov 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Last month, we discussed a new framework for thinking about board governance, we called it pas de deux, pronounced pɑ d(ə) dø, and translated as the dance of two.

 

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Topics: nonprofit leadership, leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit

Pas de deux: A new way of approaching board governance

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Oct 29, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Over the past decade, I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to consult with many for- and nonprofit boards and chief executives. I’ve also had the opportunity to serve as a board member and work with executive directors. 

Being a board member is some of the most difficult and challenging work that I’ve ever done.

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Topics: nonprofit leadership, leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit

Trust: An Essential Element of Successful Change

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on Sep 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In June’s post , I introduced how courage, curiosity, and trust can help us navigate change successfully. In July, I talked about courage in depth, and in August , I put curiosity under the microscope. This month I’m taking a deep dive into trust.

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Topics: leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit, education, faith-based community

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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Topics: leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit, education, faith-based community

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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Topics: leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit, education, faith-based community

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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Topics: leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit, education, faith-based community