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Wine on One- What Not To Do When You’re Applying for a Job

Marjorie and Natalie have interviewed their fair share of job applicants. Today, they grab a glass of wine and talk about what drives them crazy about applicants and how to stand out from the pack. Connect with Us! Natalie on LinkedIn- Marjorie on LinkedIn- 501Crossroads on Facebook- 501Crossroads on Twitter- Subscribe and...


What the Tax Law Means for Your Nonprofit with Jen Vacha of Brown, Smith, Wallace LLC

Big changes are happening to the tax code because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, but what does that mean for you and your nonprofit. From changes to taxes on Unrelated Business Income, changes to estate taxes, to changes to the standard and charitable deductions, there’s a lot to digest and prepare for. Jen Vacha, CPA, CGMA is a Principal at Brown, Smith, Wallace and has more than 15 years of experience, specializing in not-for-profit, individual and small business returns. She’s...


Wine on One- Setting the Perfect Event Table

What’s the charger for? How long until the candles burn out? Passed appetizers or stations? Buffet or seated dinner? Chicken or beef? Marjorie and Natalie demystify setting up the perfect special event table. From decorations, to setting the perfect table, to picking the perfect menu, we have you covered in this week’s Wine on One! Connect with Us! Natalie on LinkedIn- Marjorie on LinkedIn-...


How are Nonprofits Living in a Digital World with Jessica Thomas from Amplified Digital

Imagine a world where your nonprofit had all the money you needed for marketing and the right people were receiving the messages you wanted them to get everyday. Jessica Thomas lives in that world and can help you transform your marketing. Jessica walks through the world of Google Grants, an easily obtainable way to get $10,000 of inkind gifts from Google, and their AdWords program. She explains how setting up remarketing campaigns can help you remind donors to purchase event tickets AND...



Did you watch your vacation fly out the window at the end of the year? This year, make a plan to take your vacation! Nothing is better than planning a great vacation… or staycation with a bottle of wine, so for this week’s Wine on One, Marjorie and Natalie talk vacation, the health benefits of planning vacation, and tips and tricks for making it the perfect one for you! Connect with Us! Natalie on LinkedIn- Marjorie on LinkedIn-...


New Year + New Habits = A Healthier You with Dr. Jeannette Freed of Freed Family Fitness

Dr. Jeannette Freed was, as she puts it, “Grumpy, frumpy, and dumpy,” when she had the mac and cheese moment. As she was eating what she estimates was $.50 worth of left over mac and cheese that her baby didn’t want so it wouldn’t go to waste, she realized she was treating herself and her body like it was worth less than $.50. That’s when everything changed started to change, one step at a time. More water, more sleep, less garbage mac and cheese. Today, it’s five years later and Dr....


Wine on One- Magic 8 Ball Predicts if We’ll Break Our Bad Habits

In today’s Wine on One, we break out the Magic 8 Ball to make predictions on the new year. Will Marjorie stop finishing all the donuts? Will Natalie stop using her Nonprofit Ninja organizational skills to procrastinate? Will Marjorie FINALLY take Natalie’s advice to write AND send thank you notes? Will Natalie break some rules? Will Marjorie stop chewing her nails? Will Natalie actually wear the many accessories she ownes? Find out in today’s episode. Connect with Us! Natalie on...


Board Diversity Balance Beam

“The first step is that people have to acknowledge that we want to do something about this and it won’t be status quo. First people have to own the problem, then work towards fixing it.” Maranda Richardson, Principal and Founder of MWR Consulting, is back to talk about board diversity. According to Board Source’s recent publication, Leading with Intent, while more people are TALKING about board diversity, the number of diverse members of nonprofit boards has actually decreased over the...


Wine on One- Perfect Holiday Parties

Holiday parties and office traditions are a key indicator of the culture of a nonprofit. Do you have a big to-do out on the town, a lunch at a local restaurant, or cocktails at the boss’s house? Every nonprofit is different, so on today’s Wine on One, Marjorie and Natalie chat about parties they’ve loved and loathed in the nonprofit sector and how to really have a great party. If you’re looking for ideas on how to be sure everyone is included in your holiday celebrations, check out...


Mentor the Kid and the CEO with Ty Vanatta

It’s the little things in life that can make a huge impact. Ty Vanatta knows that first hand. After a rough childhood, being actively against reading, getting in trouble, and nearly landing in jail, he turned his life around with the help of a mentor. Today, Ty is sharing the wisdom of his mentor, Tom Pace, author of Mentor the Kid and the CEO-A Simple Story of Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Significance. From the little things you can do everyday to make your life better to the list...


Wine on One- It’s the Little Things

Sometimes it seems like things at nonprofits happen just like magic. The trash gets taken out, the towels get cleaned, gift bags are just taken care of, the list goes on. Today, Marjorie and Natalie give a BIG thank you to the unsung heros in nonprofit life who take care of the little things that really make a difference in a nonprofit culture. From the volunteer that donates a suitcase for all the event materials to the staff member who always makes sure the tea cabinet is stocked, we...


Secrets of a Major Gifts Officer with David Gonzalez

Raising the big money can be mystifying so we brought David Gonzalez who has been in the fundraising business for 16 years working with health and human services organizations, hospitals, and universities. He pulls back the curtain to share what to talk about in a meeting with a donor, get a long term game plan together for stewarding big donors at events, and what to put together in the proposal. To get in touch with David, find him on LinkedIn or email him at...


Wine on One- Would You Rather?

Would you rather write a grant or give a speech? Take a 5 hour flight with a board member to a meeting or drive for 5 hours with the same board member? Call a disgruntled donor or email them? Empty the trash after the staff potluck or empty the bugs out of the light fixture? Today, Marjorie and Natalie tackle all the choices nonprofit staff have to make everyday in a game of Would You Rather? By the way, if you were listening… Zachary got in! Connect with Us! Natalie on LinkedIn-...


Dealing with a Difficult Coworker with Pamela King of Our Community Listens

A difficult coworker or boss is the main reason people move on from organizations. But there’s always that one person that makes our life difficult. Pam King from Our Community Listens asked, “What if we tried to change the way we deal with people before we change jobs?” According to Pam, “It starts with the person who wants the change…and that’s us!” That doesn’t mean we need to become a doormat for difficult people. Pamela walks us step by step through how to create transparency, mend...


Wine on One- Repping the Brand

When was the last time a car cut you off, only for you to realize it was wrapped in your favorite charity’s logo. Or you witnessed someone being rude to a store employee while wearing (gulp) the tee shirt from YOUR fundraiser? There’s a lot to think about when it comes to nonprofit branding and not all of it is under our control… especially if you give out a lot of swag. Marjorie and Natalie grabbed some wine to talk about the ramifications of boarish employees on social media, rude...


Creating Accessible Events with Christy Herzing and Sandy Jones of Paraquad

If you don’t work at an organization that doesn’t specifically work with people with disabilities, you don’t have to worry about making your fundraising events accessible, right? Wrong. So wrong. As our guest Christy Herzing from Paraquad says, “Making your event accessible speaks to a level of inclusion that can increase your donor base.” That’s something we all want, right? Christy was joined by her colleague Sandy Jones also from Paraquad to talk to Marjorie about what basic...


Wine on One- Silent Auction Do’s and Don’ts

It’s silent auction time! Marjorie and Natalie grabbed some wine (a great silent auction item by the way!) From what to do with items you don’t think you can sell, what’s an “Own It Now,” how big to make your auction, and so much more, we give our opinions about how to make your silent auction awesome! Be sure to head over to our Facebook page and give us yours! Connect with Us! Natalie on LinkedIn- Marjorie on LinkedIn-...


Building Relationships with Local Media with Elaine McNamara

What nonprofits say: The media is big and scary, they don’t have time for my little thing. What the media says: We want to help! Building a relationship with your local TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers doesn’t have to be rocket science, but you don’t have to be a stalker either. All it takes is getting to know what journalists and hosts need to do their jobs so they can help promote you! What’s a PSA? Should I have a volunteer record a spot and send it to everyone? Who should...


Wine on One- Celebrating Holidays in the Nonprofit Office

Yep, it’s that time of year. Now that it’s officially ok to put a pumpkin spice shot of rum in your pumpkin spice latte, it’s also time to plan the office holiday party, figure out year end donor stewardship, send the holiday card, and figure out who has to work the week between Christmas and New Years. Do you make that holiday card a donor ask? Can the homeless shelter close on Christmas? Do you let your Jewish staff members take off their holidays instead of the Christian holidays...


A Life in Development with Scott Lange of Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners Live from AFP St. Louis

Scott R. Lange has done it all… university and hospital major gifts, capital campaigns, consulting, creating a CRM, and now as CEO and Executive Partner of Jerold Panas, Linzy, and Partners charged with maintain the legacy of the granddaddy of professional fundraising, Jerold Panas. Marjorie sat down with him at AFP St. Louis’s Annual Conference to for a talk as wide ranging as his 30 year career. You’ll hear his two biggest fundraising lessons, what AFP means to him, the future of...


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