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A Single Breath

My Buddhism professor, a formerly ordained monk himself, once told me, “Your one true friend is your breath. It stays with you from the moment you’re born, and leaves you only when you die. Your breath supports you and keeps you alive.” It’s one statement that has struck and plagued me. People come and go. […] Read more

Mar, 06, 2018

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A Recipe for Success: Events Edition

Hello everyone! My name is Killian. I recently graduated from UNLV as a meetings and events major. Over the course of my college career I helped plan a wide range of events, from a game night with 10 students to a scholarship fundraising event that raised thousands of dollars for the lucky recipients. Whether it […] Read more

Feb, 16, 2018

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Tell the Stories They Care About

Do you have a burning passion for electric aircrafts? Yeah, me neither. But Erik Lindberg does. He also has an understanding of the importance of communicating about the topics that will emotionally impact your audience. It probably isn’t electric aircrafts. But it might be the peaceful giants who roam the plains of Africa: the elephants […] Read more

Jan, 02, 2018

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A Way with Words

Some times the words don’t come easily. This is one of those times. What are the right words to properly give tribute to one of PiP’s very own? Ellen, if you were here, we know you’d have those words. You always did. Thanks to your artful use of language in hundreds of grants you wrote, […] Read more

Dec, 27, 2017

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Let Stories Be Your Leverage

Air travel drastically changed the way we saw transportation. What once took days, weeks and even months can now be accomplished in a 24 hour period of flight. If anyone knows this, it’s Erik Lindberg. His grandfather, Charles Lindberg, was the first man to make the flight from New York City to Paris, France. How’s […] Read more

Nov, 02, 2017

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Support Those Impacted by the Las Vegas Tragedy

Like many of you, PiP has spent the day in shock and disbelief at the tragic events in the community so many of us call home. We know many of you are wondering how you can help, so we’ve put this list together to help you lend a helping hand today and in the weeks […] Read more

Oct, 03, 2017

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When the Floor Becomes the Ceiling

Recently I had the pleasure of presenting Elephants in the Nonprofit Board Room™ at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Conference in San Francisco. One of the attendees followed up with me and shared, “I’m very proud that we have a 100% giving board. However, there seems to be confusion where board members perceive a […] Read more

Sep, 26, 2017

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What Can Strategic Planning do for You?

In an earlier post, I wrote about strategic planning being a critical tool for your organization’s success. A strategic plan describes where your organization is going by laying out measurable goals and explaining why those goals are important. A strategic plan also describes how your organization is going to achieve those goals by creating a […] Read more

Sep, 26, 2017

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Why Don’t You Do Strategic Planning?

Having a strategic plan—a consciously-chosen and clearly-defined framework for moving forward towards achieving the organization’s mission—offers many potential benefits ranging from improved performance, greater client satisfaction and saving time and money. But organizational leaders have countless excuses for not having a formal strategic plan. Does your organization do strategic planning? If not, why not?

Aug, 22, 2017

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Having Goals Matters

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.

“Which road do I take?” she asked.

“Where do you want to go?” was his response.

“I don’t know,” Alice answered.

“Then,” said the cat, “It doesn’t matter.”

–Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll

Jun, 23, 2017

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