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Fundraising and Philanthropy in a Tightening Economy

“When the waterhole starts to shrink the animals begin to look at each other very differently.”

How should not-for-profits react and recalibrate when faced with an economy that is tightening as oil prices slump? My belief is that if you’ve been conducting your development and fundraising in a planned, strategic and professional way and had your eye on the long game, you shouldn't need to do a lot of recalibrating and certainly no panicking.

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Are All Entrepreneurs the Same?

When I started working with small to midsize businesses in my consulting business I believed that with over 20 years experience I could craft and develop one strategic business planning process that would work well for all businesses to be successful. The more I worked on my execution of this master plan, I quickly realized that not everyone is wired the same in the business community and started to research the concept. I came across a book called Entrepreneurial DNA by Joe Abraham.

Joe did a lot of research understanding how and why different people look at business through different lenses. He conducted this research with over 1,000 entrepreneurs and created the breakthrough discovery that aligns your business to your strengths and developed an assessment tool that can identify that DNA so you can build business processes and teams to create powerful business plans to optimize business success that is scalable and sustainable for all business types and size.

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Featured OIM Principals
Catherine Cook
Catherine Cook is a skilled executive uniquely positioned to understand and translate business operations into financial components. She demonstrates an ability to lead small to medium-sized organizations in traditional financial reporting areas including audit, governance, treasury and taxation.
Mike Patterson
Mike Patterson is an executive with a strong blend of business development and operational expertise. He achieves profitable growth in the delivery of advanced technology products and services.
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Siedo Tzogoeff
Siedo Tzogoeff is results oriented with demonstrated ability to effectively lead teams in developing and implementing human resource management initiatives across a wide range of manufacturing and service industries, the public sector and NGO’s.
Mike Harris
Mike Harris is a respected and accomplished financial leader who brings over 25 years of senior financial experience, leadership and international business acumen to the table, having worked in over 20 countries.
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OIM Welcomes Ivan McClelland

Suzanne Wilson Joins OIM

Client Testimonial – Calgary Women Business Network
“We are at an inflexion point, wanting to take a successful single-chapter networking group to the next level. The Osborne Principal worked with us to develop a strategic plan and much more; management guidance, a pricing model and a strong tactical approach that has put us well on the path. We would highly recommend Osborne’s services to the other organizations.”
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A not-for-profit charitable organization needed interim leadership during the transition following the departure of the Executive Director. Read More

Affiliate's Corner

A few blog posts from our UK affiliate - Alium Partners.

Relationships - The Key to Business Success in China

Executive Coaching - the Success Factor?

Using LinkedIn for Interim Managers
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How to Achieve the Extraordinary by Tony Robbins

For Leaders, Looking Healthy Matters More Than Looking Smart

Four Questions Every CEO Should Ask About IT
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