The Rundown 10.25.2017

"Kill'em with kindness" is something I've heard my entire life. It wasn't until I became an SME and then a consultant that I understood what it really meant. Sometimes I'm right and others are wrong. Sometimes I'm wrong and others are right. And sometimes we're both both and still at odds. 

But how we handle ourselves is what really matters anymore. Not just politically or personally, but has humans. Being right or wrong doesn't warrant a behavior that should ignore kindness or thoughtfulness. In fact, I've found that people are more willing than ever to listen and hear me when I'm coming from a place of kindness rather than trying to "win" something. 

With that in mind, I've found some really kind articles and promotions this week where people are being really thoughtful and mindful of their opinions and the facts involved. You honestly don't find that everyday. So I'm glad I found some for us to share in the bounty. 


Free Membership Growth Online summit 2017

  • Imagine a world where you'd have access to 5 expert-led webinars over 5 days that was free, recorded, earned you CAEs, and covered a wealth of insight and strategy on the subjects of member engagement and growth.
  • Well, thanks to the Wild Apricot team, you need imagine no longer. Taking place the week of November 13th-17th, click the link above to learn more, register and enjoy the splendor of free, focused education all from the comforts of your desktop. My favorite kind.  

5 Ways You Can Create a More Inclusive Workplace Immediately -- and Why You Should

  • SPOILER ALERT: "Inclusion" isn't a buzzword. It's real. It's needed. And it matters to the future of any organization no matter the shape, size or mission. If only there were some easy ways to create a more inclusive environment worth considering. 
  • Thank goodness for people like Frans Johansson at  Entrepreneur who make our lives easier with their bright ideas. And bonus! This isn't written just for "leaders" but for any employee or volunteer to consider and use. 

3 minute read

4 Strategies to Dramatically Increase Nonprofit Donations

  • Unless you're new to fundraising, there are very few tricks that most of us haven't used to try and get new or renewed donors. Now, that doesn't mean we don't need the occasional reconsideration or idea to give us a little renewed spirit or idea. 
  • Enter Claire Axelrad at Clarification where she suggests 4 solid ideas to consider engaging and enticing donors--including one I don't personally appreciate, but Claire makes the point that she doesn't either - and yet it really works. 

5 minute read w/o links

Anti-Collaboration Is Killing Your Nonprofit

  • POPQUIZ: Do you know how many of your volunteers donate? Or how many donors volunteer? No? Oh. Wow. Ok. 
  • Written lovingly by me, I want to just explore the conversation about the value of making sure your Engagement Professionals are collaborating. Because your donors and volunteers are... and it's painful when you don't play along. 

4 minute read


We all know the classic nonprofit terms and definitions governing the sector, but what happens when we need new ones? So Team Rhinocorn decided to suggest new thoughtful or playful terms we think need introduced to the nonprofit lexicon. 


verb | using a free, cheaper, or donated item or service from an outside source that's knowingly inferior but financially and logistically necessary. 

"We got to a point where we needed a solid CRM to track our donors, but the board told us it was too expensive so we downsourced a donor tracker in Excel that one of our volunteers built for another organization she works at."


"Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth... these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all." 

Ban Ki-moon