The Organizational Development Muse

A mission project form letter (I am happy to offer this service)

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

In anticipation of a new rash of these letters, we repost one of our favorites originally published in 2010.

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Each spring Lorie and I receive about thirty requests to help people we know with their missions trip or service project by making a contribution. We give to one or two each year, usually because we believe in a young person’s potential and want to assist their formative experiences.

But each spring we also marvel at the inefficiency of these projects, the cultural mis-assumptions they perpetuate, how much they seem like mere tourism, and whether there is any real religious or humanitarian benefit. Not that we are opposed to people traveling and gaining experience. We would, however, support a better way should one emerge.

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Topics: Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Whorled Viewz, Fundraising, fund raising, missions trips, peace and justice, service

What's your philosophy on fundraising?

Posted by Kim Stezala

What’s your philosophy on fundraising?

Last month I had the opportunity to lead a discussion with scholarship providers about board ownership of fundraising.  I presented three approaches or philosophies about fundraising as

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Topics: kim stezala, stezala consulting, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, Design Group International, Fundraising, steward leadership, fundraising philosophy

Notes on a resource: Generous Matters

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Generous Matters

Author/Title/Publisher:  Generous Matters is a blog written by Rebekah Basinger of Basinger Consulting

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Topics: Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Fundraising, organizational development resources,, Rebekah Basinger,, Board Education, Generous Matters,

Goofy fundraising strikes again!

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Just when you think you've witnessed all the craziness in the fundraising world, another goofy incident pops up. If I did not spend so much time writing and speaking on the subject I would probably just roll my eyes, but because I am able to see just how much one act of silliness can harm future opportunity I can't pass up the occasion to keep teaching.

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Topics: process design, organizational development, organizational consulting, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, Fundraising, cancer walk, leiomyosarcoma, fighting disease not death

Five strategic questions of non-profit organizational leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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Topics: Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Whorled Viewz, Fundraising, economy of the organization, manage from income, ministry organizations, money management for nonprofit organizations, money pools, narrative spending

Musings: fundraising or raising funds?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Our organizational development firm, Design Group International, lives at the intersection where businesses, non-profits and religious organizations find common ground. The beautiful thing about an intersection is one can then see what is held in common, as well as point of origin and destination–however different they may be.

One area of difference is the raising of funds.

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Topics: organizational development, organizational mission, organizational purpose, religious organizations, support raising, stewardship, steward leader, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Whorled Viewz, Fundraising