Articles for Boards

Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Walking the talk

The benefits of modelling and encouraging retention Senior leaders who want to keep and develop their staff teams had better demonstrate commitment and longevity in their own careers. That’s what qualifies Paul Alofs and Sherri such conviction about the…

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Size doesn’t matter … or not as much as we think

In the mega-urban worldview that sometimes skews Canadian fundraising, it is easy to overlook the specific challenges of staff retention in smaller markets. It’s just as easy to assume that it must be even more difficult to find and keep good fundraisers in smaller markets….

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Coherent strategy is the first casualty of high turnover

A long-term history of staff turnover in a charity’s fundraising department is debilitating. Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) President & CEO Andrew Watt sees three trends among charities worldwide, but particularly in North America: 1. Very few charities can change…

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Short relationships shrink financial support

The Mackenzie Investments Charitable Foundation isn’t one of Canada’s largest corporate foundations. But we like to think that our relationship-based approach to granting is unique. Every Foundation volunteer (that is, every member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and its Employee Donations…

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Supporters and staff turnover

Gifts may drag, work often lags So far in the charitable sector, there has been much more research on how turnover affects charities and individual professionals than on how it affects key supporters. But both supporters and professional staff acknowledge that…

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Issue 2 – Fall 2013: Stats & facts

  Sources: Donor-Centered Leadership, Penelope Burk, 2013 | Penelope Burk, Cygnus Applied Research | Sandra Paquette, SearchSmart

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Issue 1- Summer 2013: When boards talk fundraising

The conversational tone is changing in charity boardrooms across Canada. Whether exhorted by sector spokespeople or galvanized by superficial analysis and sensational reporting, fundraising leaders and board members are speaking out firmly and frankly about the connection between fundraising success and mission achievement….

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