ONEplace @ kpl

ONEplace@kpl is a management support organization offering resources and services to nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers in Kalamazoo County.

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Hear ye, hear ye

At ONEplace, we address many topics and concerns relevant to nonprofit staff, boards, and volunteers. As I scan the myriad of areas familiar to us (e.g., fundraising, marketing, governance), I often wonder what key skills undergird them all. After months of musing on the matter, I’ve identified at least one that fuels them all:...

The value of deep work

I miss my mornings. Before my ongoing medical journey began (kidney cancer diagnosis – March 2016), I usually got out of bed around 5 am and spent about ninety minutes sipping coffee and writing. I drafted blog posts, designed workshops, reflected on strategic progress, and other things. I loved the time – a clear mind, refreshed body, and quiet, uninterrupted time....

Marketing - a top priority

Let’s talk marketing. No matter how you define it, marketing exists in the intersection of the organization and its stakeholders (e.g., clients, volunteers, donors, funders, board, staff and more). In Marketing is Everything, Regis McKenna detailed that intersection as including our message and our look. It also includes how our people (staff, board, volunteers) behave, how we treat our clients, the content we produce, what our premises look like, and, most of all, the quality of our programs and services. That was 1991....

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