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Quralew Co-op Wins Top Prize

Earlham College Creative Capitalism Competition

Sometimes we just have to brag a little and this is one of those days. Through the past three months we have been coaching a team of students who have big plans for making an impact on employment and waste management in Ethiopia. Their team leader, Bini, has been a part of our lives for the past two school years and we were happy to share our strategic planning expertise with his team.

Their journey included many hours of working out the business numbers and preparing for incremental presentations. Along the way, they created a professional level two minute infomercial video and made a mock “Shark Tank” pitch. Three of the team are devoted members of the track team. Did I mention that they are also full time students and none of them business majors? One is also a freshman.

On Saturday, we attended the final competition. Four other teams had great ideas in various stages of implementation. All competitors were passionate about their ideas for saving the world. We just about held our breath for the entire 20 minutes of our team’s presentation.

Please join us in congratulating the Quralew Co-op team on their win. They worked hard for it!

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Book Announcement

Donor Bliss Consulting

We are pleased to announce that we submitted the manuscript of our book, The Art and Science of Donor Bliss, to our publisher.  It has been a 20-month journey of meeting many wonderful people and hearing their giving stories, many of which are featured in the book. Our thanks to everyone who has supported us, helped us and told their stories about the Joy of Giving.

Please celebrate this major step with us. We anticipate a release date sometime this summer and will let everyone know when the book is available.

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Book club for Nonprofit Leaders


A few months ago, a hand full of nonprofit leaders in our town started a nonprofit book club. We meet once a month to discuss a book that is either about nonprofits or has lessons that can be applied to nonprofits. I agreed to lead the discussions and drafted an initial list of suggested books for the year. It has been a very rewarding and fun experience.

Any given month we have between 5 and 15 participants. We meet in the Sherlock Holmes room in Two Sisters Bookstore. Someone brings snacks and wine.

The conversations are as much about sharing common concerns as they are about the book we are reading. We have a wide variety of organizations –  environmental, arts, schools, a couple funders and a couple consultants. I know I come away encouraged from seeing our work with new perspectives.

My goal for this new year is to share the conversation and books we discuss. Over the next several weeks, we will catch up on the first three books:

Good to Great for the Social Sector, Jim Collins

The Spirituality of Fundraising, Henri Nouwen

Start With Why, Simon Sinek (this link for the book summary and meeting discussion)

Next month we are reading Give and Take by Adam Grant.

We hope those who read this blog will also gain something from our conversations as well.

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Magnifying Impact

Benefits of Donor Bliss

Making Donor Bliss an Institutional Priority

Donors who desire to make an impact with their resources are on a life-long journey that typically includes numerous interactions with nonprofit institutions.
While describing this journey, Eric addresses the challenges institutions experience in engaging donors. 

At each step of the journey, Eric offers tips to institutions to encourage them to create positive experiences for their donors.

Eric weaves stories about joyful giving within this webinar as he advocates a goal of developing a culture of philanthropy within your organization. 

Want to learn more about Millennials and nonprofit board service? Contact us to receive a copy of Eric’s recent paper: Millennials and Nonprofit Boards.

You can also view the original 45 minute recording of this webinar through U.S. Trust’s platform. Visit https://www.veracast.com/webcasts/ustrust/webinars2018/76230768085.cfm

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One Page Business Plan – Licensed Affiliate

OPBP logoWe have recently completed training to become licensed affiliates with One Page Business Plan. We now use this Cloud-Based Planning and Performance Management methodology system to Focus an organization on achieving its Objectives. Along the way, the organization establishes a clear system of Accountability, develops its Leadership and gets Results from its Strategies.

One Page Plans are clear and concise for everyone in the organization to understand and implement. Through assessments, templates and interactive prompts, leaders and managers, team leaders and board members are able to focus on execution and results.

Contact us to learn more!

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Starting with “Why”

Eric and Sandra Billman-heartBefore our wedding, we talked about the importance of being generous. At that time, our discussion was about tithing, although it extended into organizations and causes that were important to each of us. We agreed that we had a desire to impact the lives of others through our generosity. We believe blessings come from thoughtful giving and from developing a lifestyle of giving.

Both of us were taught how to give by our parents. Through the years, we have come to experience the joy that results from giving. For example, after 9/11 we were thrilled to be able to do something substantial (for us) that would help to address the very pressing reality and needs of people in the aftermath of tragedy with a gift to the Red Cross. Whether it has been buying a goat for a family in a third world country, sponsoring a child’s education in Africa, or supporting higher education, we have indeed experienced Donor Bliss as a result of our giving.

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Podcast: Development as a career


Eric Purple 608 3A conversation with Eric Billman

Dr. Jason W Ketter is a seasoned development professional, now providing consulting services in Australia (Helping Organizations Help Themselves). I recently spoke with him on his  podcast series Streams of Thought for Non-profits.

Listen to the podcast to learn more about becoming a development professional and some of the current trends in fundraising.