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A Great Attitude: Be Your Own Mental Chiropractor
My peaceful morning was shattered by noise. I was up early to plan my day and review last night’s emails. And then the trucks started rolling through our neighborhood to pick up garbage, recycling, and compost materials. I was grumbling to myself about how loud they were, and that they were disturbing the beauty of the morning. Then I stopped and thought about how petty my complaint was, and I remembered just how lucky I am.

Please Celebrate Them Home
At most of our events, and probably most of yours, alcohol is served. After nearly 29 years in business, I'm happy to say that I've seen a dramatic reduction in the number of clearly impaired/drunk attendees. Nonetheless, at most every event there is at least one guest who has had too much to drink. As the event host, can and should nonprofits do more? I think so.

Flying the friendly (and fun) skies
While at a recent fundraising event I participated in a new game—at least to me. It took only a short amount of time and the space was right to pull off a perfect landing. The organization sold individuals paper to craft their own airplanes at low price points ($3 for one; $5 for...

The People We Touch
This meeting had something unique right up front—the three words, “People We Touch”. I said to myself, “What is this about?” when the Executive Director started the meeting by asking a staff member to read the thank you letter they received as their “People We Touch” moment.

Benefit Auction Institute President earns heralded Pat Massart Scholarship...
Connie J. M. Johnson recently completed a three-year executive development program focused on business management, ethics, strategic planning and marketing.

Tap into the sweet success and fun of Dessert Auctions
In many regions dessert auctions are a real thing. Adding a dessert auction or dessert dash to an event can result in significant revenue to the fundraiser – from a few hundred, to a few thousand, to $20,000 or more.

Can THEY hear you now?
“The sound was horrible!” “The people on the left side of the room could not hear.” “The video kept freezing and eventually didn’t work at all!” Have you heard—or said this after an event? Worse yet…was it your event?

Clean Slate? My View
When the clock ticks midnight on New Year’s Eve many of us make resolutions that will alter, on premise, the year ahead. To my comrades in Development, indulge me while I deviate slightly from that practice.

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