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Unlocking Growth for Organizations and Idealists Like You

The Strategic Magic of Embracing the "Tilt"

If you're like most people, the idea of embracing discomfort and uncertainty has you thinking "Why in the world would I want to do that?" It's a fair reaction considering our minds are not wired to naturally embrace uncomfortable or seemingly-perilous situations. In fact, our brains actually suggest the opposite: Run away! 

So why would you want to embrace discomfort?

In a word: Opportunity

Topics: Inspiration Strategy

Stop Showing Off and Start Showing Impact

As someone in the social good sector, my friends and family often ask for my opinion about organizations they’re considering supporting – whether it be through making a donation or fundraising. And you guessed it, people ask: “Will my donation really make a difference?”

While it’s nice to think that my network values my opinion on the causes they’re supporting, I’d argue that social good professionals field questions like these because most organization’s aren’t clearly articulating the impact that their work is having or if they are moving the needle in achieving their mission.

Topics: Funding

3 Things The Great British Baking Show Taught Me About Stewardship

If you share my frustration with reality television, long for the days of feel-good entertainment, and love food – then the Great British Baking Show is for you. The PBS show is equal parts cooking competition and idyllic TV vacation, and it has become a central part of my self-care routine.

But the show has more to offer than gingham accents and delicious pastries. Season one taught me a few lessons that go beyond the kitchen and apply to best practices for stewarding your peer-to-peer fundraisers.

Let’s dig into the three stewardship best practices that will improve your program’s relationship with its fundraisers:

Topics: Funding

3 Things Pokemon Go Can Teach You About Great Fundraising Campaigns

Last week we had the chance to deliver the keynote at the PMDMC, the annual conference for fundraising and marketing professionals in public media. We spoke about peer-to-peer, the role of passion in fundraising, and the emergence of the new paradigm of collaboration to a crowd that included representatives from nearly every NPR and PBS station around the country. It was fascinating and fun to find examples relevant to a group so plugged into both mass media and fundraising, and we were gratified at the response.

One of the cases we discussed was Pokemon Go – the video game that appears to be one of, if not the most, viral brand of all time. It is tempting to dismiss Pokemon Go as just the latest fad, but the numbers say otherwise. Website DMR stats offers some staggering metrics. Across all platforms, the game has been downloaded over 100 million times – in just over one month. Over 20 million daily users spend an average of 26 minutes a day playing the game. Not to mention the fact that our kids are spending quite a bit of their remaining summer vacations roaming around their neighborhoods trying to “catch them all.”

Topics: Funding

The Top 2 Approaches to Managing Your Team

Meetings— you can't get work done within them and you can't stay aligned without them. Most of us are familiar with the average team/department/leadership meeting: information is exchanged, priorities are evaluated, and tasks are assigned. It's a necessary practice that keeps team members informed on current projects: what is left to do and, most importantly, who should be the person to do it?

For a team leader, this can create pause. The ever-present question of how to proceed in seeing a project to completion is dependent on multiple factors: Who has experience? Who is reliable? Who has bandwidth?  And in an industry where resources are limited and positive output expected, it is essential that these important impact-generating initiatives are planned and executed as efficiently as possible. 

Topics: Strategy

Five Ways to Overcome Burnout

Have you ever woken up on a Sunday morning, not because of the smell of coffee roasting in the shop down the street or because of the light coming through your curtains, but because of the looming stress caused by the work that awaits you in the office on Monday? Worse yet, have you ever been out to dinner with friends on a Saturday night, sidetracked by the weight of unread emails in your pocket? I know the feeling.

It was easier for me to acknowledge burnout symptoms when I worked in the legal field – where the expectation (allure, even) of the job was that I’d burn the midnight oil and eat takeout at my desk most nights. Now, if I catch myself succumbing to pre-Monday blues, I feel guilty: “What do I have to complain about?”, I’ll ask myself. “You’re doing the work you’ve always hoped to do.” It’s as if I signed a 100% positivity clause when I joined the social good space.

Topics: Wellbeing

6 Excuses Standing in the Way of Your Dream

"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.'' - Bob Moawad

You have a dream inside of you — something that makes you feel giddy, energizes you, and excites you. But every time you think about it, you come up with a laundry list of reasons why you can’t just go for it. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. The number one way people sabotage their dreams is by letting that pile of excuses hold them back. Below are the top six excuses that may be keeping you from pursuing your dream, and how to overcome them. Don’t let these excuses stand in your way anymore.

Topics: Wellbeing

An Authentic Hope

“Hope needs help.” If you follow our work and our content, it’s a phrase you know we discuss often. Not only does Plenty believe it to be true, but we also live by it. Each of us wears the title of “idealist” proudly. We are bold in our belief of what’s possible, and unrelenting in our efforts to bring about the greatest possible good in the world because we envision a world in which there is plenty for everybody.

This is no moral victory for us; the language alone is not sufficient. Our vision comes to life through the active and dogged, daily pursuit of a better world. The world where cancer no longer exists, where hunger and poverty no longer dictate one’s wellbeing, and where war no longer breathes. This is what hope is all about.

Topics: Inspiration