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Research Says ʺBuy Localʺ Not Enough

By Ralph Allora

A new consumer study has revealed that Seattle-area residents care about local, independent businesses: 88% say that supporting these businesses is either very or somewhat important in their purchase decisions, and many are willing to pay more for the privilege.

Manners Matter: 7 Tips for Behaving Well When You Email

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by Mardy Sitzer

Rude, thoughtless, or just self-serving – some emails feel like finger nails on a chalkboard.

How to Fix a Micromanaging Nonprofit Board

by Michael Davidson

Does your board spend time secondguessing program decisions, reviewing the merits of various copier machines or discussing the color of this year’s annual report? If the answer is yes, the problem is not just a hazy understanding of “governance” vs. “management.” It’s more complicated than that.

Knock-Knock Emails

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By Mardy Sitzer

Ever get an email that sounds like it is from someone familiar but you just can’t place the name? Me too – I get these often enough that I thought to myself a blog post might be in order.

4 Ways to Build Your Small Business

Even in a slow economy, opportunities emerge that, if you use them well, can rocket your business to success.

Want to Grow Your Business? Team

Maybe you don’t think your business is the right kind or big enough to grow through government contracting. Think again.

Are Government Contracts a Way UP for Women Entrepreneurs?

Government contracting is a big chunk o’ change for businesses both large and small. Last year federal government contracts alone -- never mind state and local -- gave $477 billion to private businesses. And 5% of those contracts are supposed to go to women-owned businesses.

New Models of Philanthropy Will Challenge, Enrich Nonprofits

Last week, I laid out the trends in philanthropy that are forcing foundations and nonprofits to change the way they do business: the economy; the ability and demand to measure impact; generational shifts; and increased emphasis on competition/collaboration.

How LinkedIn’s New Profile Section Can Help Nonprofits Fundraise, Find the People They Need

In it’s effort to ramp up nonprofit participation in its services, LinkedIn now has a “Volunteer Experience & Causes” section for your profile page. The idea is that professionals will share information about what causes they care about and their level of engagement with those causes.

5 Tips for Attracting Large Donations

Donors are different these days. I’m talking about the individual donor, not foundations. And I’m particularly talking about the donors you hit up for more than $10 per month. How do you inspire donations in the $10,000 range?



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