Equity Line of Credit: Déjà vu All Over Again

By Ja’net Adams “The second is that you really need a home equity line of credit if you don’t already have one. As with the case of the aforementioned unsinkable ship, sometimes the unforeseen happens and you need a financial safety net to fall back on. A home equity line is ideal for this purpose because it’s a pre-approved line of credit that doesn’t cost you a thing until you tap into it. Plus, you can borrow and pay it back again and again, as needed.” – Undisclosed Credit Union The above pa...
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Fundraising: Nonprofit Board Roles and Responsibilities

By Mel and Pearl Shaw You’ve said “yes,” and now are serving on the board. What is expected of you? How do you demonstrate leadership? While we don’t have a crystal ball, we can provide guidance regarding your fundraising-related roles and responsibilities. For many nonprofits fundraising is often the major method for securing funds and resources. As a board member, your leadership in this area makes a difference. Your roles and responsibilities fall into two general categories: policy and over...
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My Interview with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl

By Terry Howard  OK, I'm exaggerating. Just like with my 2009 interview with the late Mike Wallace, I figured the title would be a slick way to draw your attention to this narrative. Back then, Wallace “interviewed” me on the subject of sexual orientation in the workplace. If 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl would interview me today, here’s how it might go: Stahl: OK, at this writing the Supreme Court has heard arguments on same-sex marriage and the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act and will s...
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A Case for Nameless Résumés

By Terry Howard There’s something amazing about chance encounters with folks in the hallway. During one such recent meeting I met with someone I knew, someone I’d heard so much about, so I asked what was it about her that every time her name came up in conversations about talent, the response was overwhelmingly, “Oh yes, she is talented and going places here, and quickly.” She smiled and deftly sidestepped my question. Clearly she had something else she wanted to talk to me about; a specific re...
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Fundraising Cornerstone: The Case for Support

By Mel and Pearl Shaw Fundraising is a competitive endeavor — if you are not raising funds for your nonprofit organization, someone else is raising money for theirs. Successfully competing for the philanthropic dollar requires the ability to communicate how funding and resources will impact your nonprofit’s ability to deliver on its promise. You need to be clear, concise and compelling whether you communicate in person, on paper, or electronically. Potential donors and funders need to know wh...
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