Your Mid-Year Tune-Up

Summer is almost here, and if you’re anything like us, our minds are on longer carefree days and, of course, vacations! When we’re not escaping to our favorite beach, camping at our secret getaway, or savoring delicious ice cream cones, we have found it to be an ideal time to do a mid-year check-in with […] Read more

Jun, 03, 2019


Turnabout Is Fair Play

Last month we covered the taboo topic of those less than perfect funders in your lives and their often painful grant processes that drive you a bit nutty. Well, the tables are turned this month, so hold on tight as we talk about a different perspective. If you’re a funder joining us, we hope you […] Read more

Mar, 26, 2019


Telling Funders What’s Really on Your Mind

If you are a nonprofit professional involved in any part of grant writing, this post is for you! Grab your favorite beverage, a stress ball, and enjoy an exaggerated and borderline irreverent blog rant…with a cool resource you’ll want to be aware of! Have you found yourself gritting your teeth lately as you write a […] Read more

Feb, 24, 2019


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 it all in his TED Talk. […] Read more

Jan, 22, 2019


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 reality is that these often don’t last nor do […] Read more

Dec, 24, 2018


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 our work into what others are sharing. One of our […] Read more

Oct, 22, 2018


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 we’re talking a department at your nonprofit or a Board-CEO exchange. […] Read more

Aug, 09, 2018


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 maximize the social impact of a particular cause. There needs to be a […] Read more

Jun, 04, 2018


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 cause.” Or, with more funder jargon, “we only fund transformative projects.” While I understand […] Read more

May, 09, 2018


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 than 20 hours when it’s a story. […] Read more

Apr, 06, 2018


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