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Experience over Eyeball

Robyn Fern Perlman

The take-away from the IEG Sponsorship and Naming Rights Conference in March had to be the expression, "experience over eyeball". This theme, that was so aptly articulated by IEG staff and their speakers referred at the time to, an interaction versus an impression. That is the ...

Our Boards Must Understand How They Operate

Terrie Temkin

I just finished analyzing a governance assessment completed by 15 different organizations participating in a board building program sponsored by our local Community Foundation. It was fascinating. In many cases there would be one person from an organization that would answer the question in the ...

Painless Giving

Terrie Temkin

Last month I blogged about three graduate students at Rutgers University that made a life-long pledge to give a significant portion of their incomes to those less fortunate. A common response I got to the post was similar to what the three themselves have heard: “How ...

What Everyman Can Learn from Student Philanthropists

Terrie Temkin

I’m an avid NPR listener. For awhile, now, I’ve regularly been hearing a message from the Community Foundation of Broward (Florida) on my local station that goes something like this: Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are encouraging their fellow billionaires to pledge half their fortunes ...

All the More Reason for Nonprofits to Collaborate…

Terrie Temkin

At the BoardSource Leadership Forum in San Francisco. BoardSource President and CEO Linda Crompton opened the convening. One of her comments was that innovation is not necessarily an event or a singular killer idea. It tends to ...

Study on Women Donors Presents Lessons for Board Recruitment

Terrie Temkin

A study[1]released this week by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy showed that women are the largest donors. They give more in actual dollars and they give more frequently than men. This is a reality that holds true ...

Who Should Facilitate the Exit Interview?

Terrie Temkin

The other day a  respected colleague and good friend, Carol Weisman, sent a copy of her latest blog post entitled, “Don’t Just Whack’em and Plaque’em: Exit Interviews for Retiring Board Members.” As all of Carol’s writings, it dealt with an important subject, was informative and had me in ...

Should Board Members’ Contributions Be Designated To Pay For Their Education?

Terrie Temkin

I was speaking with a couple of colleagues the other day and the subject of board contributions came up. Later in the conversation we transitioned into the importance of ongoing board education and organizations building a sufficiently-large line item into their budgets for this. And then the ...

Should US Nonprofits Adopt a Patron System?

Terrie Temkin

I worked recently in Singapore. While I found many similarities in the ways nonprofits do business both there and here in the United States, I found differences as well. One of the biggest was their use of a patron system. Besides having what we would consider the ...

So You Think Your Communications Officer Isn't Important . . .

Robyn Fern Perlman

Just this year an illustrious professional career ends abruptly;  a world-wide brand that spent millions of dollars over the years to build a sterling reputation, out in front of every one of its competitors, watches its status unravel;  and an international conglomerate faces an industrial disaster ...

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