The Rundown 4.19.2017

"Change is a good thing." is one of those statements often made by people mid sobbing, focused on the reality of things they cannot control. Or the hopeful sigh of someone who doesn't know what's coming next, but they're amid an unfolding dynamic. Or the chipper, handsome consultant who saw the changes coming, but since no one listened to him everyone ran around like chickens with their heads cut off. 

But he did try to warn you. Let the record show.

Digressing... The Rundown this week is filled with ways to deal with change, changing landscapes, and things you think you can't change, but probably can. No really. You just have to try. No really. I promise. You'll see. 

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The Four Reasons Relationships Fail

  • Oh look a two-for-one! In this really smart article, Dr. Travis Bradberry highlights the "four horsemen" of apocalyptic relationships failures that we've all faced personally and professionally: criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling. 
  • But don't grab the tissues just yet, he also wisely highlights how to overcome them with masterful skill - he's a good guy, that Dr. Bradberry.
  • 3 MIN READ

Conveying Mandatory Meetings As Mandatory

  • Q&A is A-OK! What happens when you have an event or meeting or retreat and try to make it "mandatory" but people still find reasons to bail?
  • A simple question the CoreStrategies for Nonprofits team responds to, giving19 different answers to try and avert the anti-mandatory problem we've all faced. 
  • Our Favorite?! "Serve food. Good food. It matters." - So. Damn. True. 
  • 4 MIN READ

17 Experts Reveal the 3 Ways Technology has Changed Philanthropy

  • Our Own Ben... was featured in a really thoughtful international piece by Optimy about how technology has and continues to change the face of classic philanthropy.
  • The 16 other perspectives from around the world give a smart level of insights into how tech creates unique solutions--and sometimes problems--for those who are looking to make good things greater.
  • 10 MIN READ 

Strategic Corporate Philanthropy: Driving Business Results Through Giving

  • Changing Philanthropy, Corporate Foundations and Corporation Citizenship... oh my! 
  • Our friend and all-around good guy Steve Greenhalgh writes a great article published by Good Done Great, focused on the changing landscape of corporate philanthropy and how it's becoming highly strategic. 
  • Which got us thinking... is your nonprofit strategically positioning yourself to get in front of the corporations who are looking to support causes your mission addresses? If not, let's talk. 
  • 3 MIN READ

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"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
Jimmy Dean - Singer, television host, actor, and sausage marketer