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Apr 15th

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FUNdraising Good Times: Encouraged and Optimistic: African American Philanthropy & Museums

FUNdraising Good Times: Encouraged and Optimistic: African American Philanthropy & MuseumsPressing Questions: Limited Resources and Support of the Arts
Part two of a three part series

"While our museums face many challenges, there are as many opportunities. Collectively we need to determine what steps we're prepared to take and how aggressive we're prepared to be to ensure the current and future relevancy and sustainability of our museums."
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Creating a good plan is a fi rst step

Creating a good plan is a fi rst stepBig news! Minnesota's unemployment rate has finally dipped back to where it was before the bottom fell out of our collective economy. However, the jobs that have been created during the recovery are different from the jobs that were lost.
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Mentors: Helping others, we help ourselves

Influence. Who has it? And what have they done with it lately? We are surrounded by ads persuading us to fill our closets and medicine shelves with a steady diet of new products. Our managers, teachers and neighbors are quick to tell us exactly what to do next. Political aspirants want our attention. But have you considered the ways that your own actions might impact others?

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Public speaking for dummies who agree to give speeches

Public speaking for dummies who agree to give speechesIn business, people occasionally have to talk with other people. Sometimes, they address groups of people. Sometimes, those groups are rather large. On Saturday, I will be representing my family at the Walk to End Alzheimer's disease.
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FUNdraising Good Times: Encouraged and Optimistic: African American Philanthropy & Museums

FUNdraising Good Times: Encouraged and Optimistic: African American Philanthropy & MuseumsPart one of a three part series

"Self-empowerment is one among many strategies people of African descent have employed to ensure our survival in the New World. This includes the creation of museums and cultural centers that document, recognize and celebrate the art, culture, history and contributions of African Americans. These institutions, many of which were established as a result of public/private partnerships, bear testimony to the hard battles fought to bring dreams to fruition."
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FUNdraising Good Times: Fundraising: investment or afterthought?

FUNdraising Good Times: Fundraising: investment or afterthought?Investing in the fundraising operations of a nonprofit is an investment in the organization's future. It takes time to build a fundraising program that is capable of securing revenue from multiple sources. It takes vision, planning, leadership and resources – including money. And, it doesn't necessarily "pay off" right away. A fundraising program takes time and attention to mature. Often three-to-five years. And during that time the investment in fundraising needs to be consistent. Once a fundraising program is well established it can support a nonprofit organization or institution in meeting its revenue goals. But, again, it takes time. And even once established, it cannot be put on "automatic pilot."
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How to move From lightbulb moment to flipping the on switch

How to move From lightbulb moment to flipping the on switchCartoon characters having good ideas are often shown with a light bulb over the head. Anyone who has ever had a good idea knows the feeling: thinking of something really terrific lights you up, gives you energy, puts a kind of electricity into the atmosphere that is hard to ignore. And yet, many, many brilliant ideas are abandoned. Were they bad ideas? Maybe, maybe not. Some people are genetically wired to generate ideas; other people are wired to execute. An ideas person can execute, but they need to know how. A few steps in the right direction can make it easier for people to move from lightbulb moment to the reality, the "On" switch.
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