Advancing the Kingdom: Risk-takers Wanted

The afternoon of October 1, for the first time in my 48 years, I stood at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I had two immensely vivid thoughts. First: … Read More

Don’t Miss the Innovation Industry Briefing on September 26

Every nonprofit — including yours — is somewhere on the growth curve. At the 2019 Bridge Conference, I showed a growth curve with sections A (high growth), B (reaching the … Read More

Innovation AND Optimization: The Keys to Exponential Growth

Nearly everyone believes in the importance of marketing and fundraising optimization strategies. You know: Digital marketing. Direct response. Platforms and channels. Segments and funnels. Social media. Pixels. Ads. AI. Video. … Read More

Citygate Preview: One Strategy from Today’s Fastest Growing Nonprofits

According to the recently released 2018 Charitable Giving Report, giving to “Faith community” charities through 2018 changed by only 0.3%. Giving to human services charities changed by 1.3%. I don’t … Read More

Running Strong With Two Underappreciated Growth Strategies (Part II)

In Part 1, I advocated for developing growth strategies that are impervious to common, predictable problems, such as big elections, natural disasters and losing major donor reps. Step 1 is … Read More

Running Strong With Two Underappreciated Growth Strategies (Part I)

Maybe your ministry is one of the few that is on a solid growth trajectory. Statistically, however, it’s far more likely that your ministry is struggling to predictably grow, year … Read More

You’re invited to a FREE interactive innovation workshop

There are many reasons why even the best-run nonprofits aren’t growing today. But here’s the most likely: The lack of a revenue-generation strategy that will succeed in the most challenging … Read More

How Do You Like Them Apples??

Here’s a dirty little secret about the food business: An apple you pick up at your local supermarket is, on average, 14 months old. By the time you sink your … Read More

Managing the present and inventing the future

I recently read an interview with the new CEO of an ad agency in New York. When asked what key challenges she’s facing as a leader, here’s what she said … Read More

Pull Up A Chair, And Let’s Talk Innovation

Look down. What are you sitting on? An Aeron chair? If so, you are hardly alone. Herman Miller’s Aeron chair is, far and away, the best-selling office chair of all … Read More