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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Are You Mobile Minded?

Mobile mindedness sounds easy, right? I mean most of us are so connected to our cell phones, conjoined twins have gone through easier separations. It’s funny to think that we—the people who would rather risk our lives in a car than put our cells down—are sometimes the most likely to forget the need to be […] Read more

May, 15, 2017


Millennials in Service

Admittedly, I didn’t engage in my first service project selflessly. I felt pushed into it like many other Millennials. Look at the scholarships available. Most of them require active involvement in service. Want to be competitive and well-rounded on your college and graduate school applications? Throw in some community service experience. Leadership positions in the […] Read more

May, 08, 2017


The Millennial Mindset: Making a Difference

Millennials are often given a bad rep. This blog highlights their giving back in the community and general attitude towards philanthropic missions.

Apr, 15, 2017


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