A mentor and a sponsor function very differently, yet the roles are often confused and used interchangeably by those seeking help and support with their careers. The main difference between these two roles is:  mentors advise and sponsors act.  Let’s look at the roles i...

CHICAGO - What makes engaged volunteers suddenly quit volunteering?

The most common reason given by volunteers who leave is “I’m too busy with other things”.  Dig a little further and you’ll uncover the true reason that good volunteers leave.  If they are honest, you’ll...

CHICAGO - How do thank you acknowledgements increase engagement?  Everyone likes to be acknowledged personally for their contributions to a cause.  Showing gratitude to your donors is one of the most important aspects of nonprofit management.  

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No one can do it alone. I’ve tried, and it doesn’t work.

Advice from others has shaped my most important milestones – from the early days of my father teaching me to tie my shoes to the graduate professor enlightening me on the finer points of andragogy right down to my...


In my work with nonprofits, I am frequently tasked with figuring out why member engagement is lower than expected by the organization.  The executives tell me about what is being done to entice members to join or renew their memberships, which demographic is now identi...

April 23, 2015


Engagement can be defined in a number of ways.  We can be engaged to be married or we can commit to attending an event or a meeting (an engagement).  We can even engage by participating in a disagreement or a battle (engaging the enemy).  The common thread is that each...

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