It has been a period of virtual meetings on all possible platforms, remote calls with Boards and fundraisers, redesign of training courses to improve the “user experience” for participants, thoughts on fundraising, fundraisers, international policies. And also webinars watched at impossible times, rigorously deferred, so as not to neglect “food for the mind” and the…

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A few weeks ago I trained a class of the Advanced training course “Talenti per il Fundraising”, run by Fondazione CRT (an Italian Foundation based in Turin), on corporate fundraising. This lesson followed another one, a couple of weeks before, dedicated to “Board and fundraising”.Preparing the lesson on corporate, I was looking for case histories…

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This is a different post from the ones we usually publish, in spirit and content.It is a mix of reflections that keep the professional and personal parts together. A sort of point of the situation, after strange and alienating weeks, in which thoughts, when I sat down to write, flowed spontaneously. These have been complex…

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I firstly met Penelope, who lives in Arizona, a few years ago. After a few months of mutual “discovery”, we decide to become professional partners – better: our companies, ENGAGEDin and The Cagney Company, are partners –  on global projects. I asked Penelope to share some thoughts on “governance and fundraising” during one of the…

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This is not a typical post.In fact, technically speaking, it’s not a post at all. More than anything, it is a collection of remarks – “memorable” remarks– we have heard any number of times with regard to the poor/inadequate/erratic functioning of the board of directors of an organisation. I presented a selection of these sayings…

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As we said from the start, we couldn’t stop after the first “collection”. Because certain remarks not only recur, they are symptoms: not of a disease exactly (or at least not of a disease in a GP’s handbook), but certainly of a state of mind, of an approach to being “a non-profit organisation” that is…

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I want to start with a simple observation based on my experience over the years, which may not be immediately obvious: if a director doesn’t take much part in the life of the organisation, it is not necessarily due to indifference (or a lack of time or any other reason of this type).Usually, that’s the…

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