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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Whether or not you like the Tina Turner song, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, this is a question you’ll want to think about if you haven’t yet. And how do chicken nuggets relate to any of this? Check out professional fundraising consultant Simon Scriver as he connects...

Forget Your New Year’s Resolutions

Forget Your New Year’s Resolutions

Yes, we said it. Forget your New Year’s resolutions. Whew! Do you feel better? We sure do. Seriously, though, we can all probably relate to setting a few really lofty resolutions or perhaps a long, never-ending list of things we want to accomplish this year. The...

What exactly is an editorial calendar anyway?

What exactly is an editorial calendar anyway?

What exactly is an editorial calendar? Ask three different people and you’ll probably get three different answers. That’s what makes it important to ask the right person. PiP has our own share of communications experts, but every now and then, we like to look beyond...

Feeling the heat in your workplace?

Feeling the heat in your workplace?

We've all been there. We're in a heated conversation, and our temperature is rising. Within 10 minutes, a routine issue turns it into an emotional arm wrestling match, with raised voices and bruised egos. This type of situation is all too common on teams--whether...

Funders: Are They Measuring the Wrong Thing?

Funders: Are They Measuring the Wrong Thing?

Guest Blog by Andy Schuricht, founder of Valor CSR, and PiP Consultant When making a donation to charity, most companies want their gifts to be used effectively and efficiently. Donations shouldn’t be wasted on unimportant things, but should instead be used to...

Effective Philanthropy: Is It Okay to Just Treat the Symptom?

Effective Philanthropy: Is It Okay to Just Treat the Symptom?

Guest Blog by Andy Schuricht, Founder, Valor CSR Often I will be talking to someone about charitable giving, and they will express frustration that, "it's just one thing after another. We keep giving money to treat the symptoms, but never really address the root...

Stories and Your Synapses

Stories and Your Synapses

Before you start a position at an organization, you might complete a 20 hour orientation. But all of that information will be overridden if one of the employees pulls you aside and says, “let me tell you how things really are around here.” Ten minutes can mean more...

The Usefulness of Urgency

The Usefulness of Urgency

Peter Singer tells the story of a young mother in “The Life You Can Save.” She’s the primary bread winner in her family. And things are finally going her way. She just landed a big client and their financial troubles have eased. As she finishes the phone call sealing...

A Single Breath

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...