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INK Consulting’s mission is to help nonprofit organizations realize the potential of all relationships. INK combines hands-on experience, strategic thinking and a healthy view of the big picture to help nonprofits create an organizational culture of concentrating on what really drives mission success: relationships.

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DO SOMETHING :: Inspiration from #SGSGlobal

I’d be really surprised to hear anyone say that they were unaware of the Social Good Summit that occurred this past weekend, thanks to Mashable and other key players. If you are connected to philanthropy in any way, you’ve likely heard about this grand event in some capacity through various social media channels.

I’ve seen so many articles, blog posts, and of course, the big news story — the launch of the United Nations Foundation’s GlobalGood Challenge. In exchange for lending your voice to advocate for some of the world’s greatest issues — and engaging your network of connections to do the same — you have the opportunity to win unique prizes. This is just one of the innovative uses of social media created by this incredible Social Good Summit. I’m eager to see what else will be born out of this important event.

The UN Foundation makes a very strong case for participating in the GlobalGood Challenge on their website:

“WHY IT MATTERS: Every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. Nearly 1 million people die each year from malaria. More than 1 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. Approximately 10 million girls under the age of 18 are married every year against their will.”

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Painting a (Relationship) Picture

Anyone that knows me is probably chuckling right now that I am writing a post titled painting a picture. Lucky for you, I’m not talking about a real picture. I don’t have an ounce of artistic skill in my body.

Like I said in my last post, shifting to become a relationship mindset organization starts with believing. Your organization has to believe that relationships will achieve the mission. Your organization has to believe that money is not the only way to achieve the mission. After you believe, two important steps come next.

  1. Your organization has to look at the big picture and recognize what various people can offer toward achieving the mission. Donors are not the only people who matter.
  2. Your organization has to engage people to achieve the mission.

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It All Starts with a Belief…

No, this is not a love story. Not a religious story. Not a story about self-confidence. It is not even a story at all.

I’ve stated it in my pasts posts — I’m passionate about relationships. It is my opinion that relationships are what will bring nonprofits success. I believe in the power of relationships. I truly believe that relationships mean everything for nonprofits.

Most nonprofits, with good reason, focus heavily on donors as a key segment of people. This focus stems from the belief that money will solve the problems that the organizational mission seeks to achieve. Plain, simple, and not entirely untrue.

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And the Winner Is…

Admit it. Everyone likes to get awards, to be recognized. We’ve all had dreams of our names being called after those four glorious words.

When you’re a nonprofit, awards mean more. Awards mean that you are standing out among your peers… among so many wonderful organizations, all doing wonderful things. Awards mean that your organization has its moment in the spotlight.

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The Big Picture

I had one of those moments this week. The moment where you realize… I see the big picture, but am I helping everyone else see the big picture too? Are people following me blindly, with trust that I see the light at the end of the tunnel?

I’m a big picture person. I have to know the answer to “…to what end?” at all times. When I know the big picture, my brain just works in terms of goals, strategies, tactics… you get the idea. I’m a strategy person. Beyond that, I really like to make plans that achieve the strategies I’m after. I’m a planning person. But even I get lost in the weeds some times.

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