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August 25, 2014 

Listen to the radio interview with Rick Munroe on the upcoming Fall Forum.

Interview begins at 1:23.



August 18, 2014

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July 23, 2014

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July 14, 2014

Make sure you check out our upcoming webinar on Nonprofit Board Development – August 13th!

Rick Munroe will discuss topics such as:

What are the rights and responsibilities of a nonprofit Board?

What policies should you have in place?

How do you choose a good Board member?


Click Here to Learn More and to Register



June 19, 2014

Thought you all might be interested in the latest news on charitable giving.

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June 3, 2014

New job listing for Tallahassee Community College:


Nonprofit Resource Center Coordinator


NRCC Job Summary



May 1, 2014

Expanding your Organizations Donorbase Webinar

Wednesday, May 28

This webinar will explore the elements of increasing the number of donors to your organization including retaining the ones that you currently have and acquiring new donors. The donor pyramid illustrates the natural tendencies of donors who give to nonprofits.  Along the horizontal line of the base depicts the number of donors and the vertical line depicts the amount of money donated.


Elements include:

  • Retention of current donors
  • Acquisition of new donors



May 1, 2014

Nonprofit Leadership Camp

Wednesday, June 11 & Thursday, June 12

Seats are limited – 20 spaces are available


June 11 Guest Speaker:

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Jay Reeve, PhD – President and Chief Executive Officer,

Apalachee Center, Tallahassee


June 12 Keynote Speaker:


Demming Bass, IOM

Regional Development Director, Constant Contact, Inc.

Georgia | Alabama | Tennessee


What is Leadership Camp all about?

The SCeNE Nonprofit Leadership Camp will be a two-day, highly interactive training for Directors and Leaders of nonprofit organizations.  During the two days of training, attendees will interact with nonprofit leaders that are at the top of their profession.  Topics of discussion will include; board development, organizational management, program management, fundraising, marketing and leadership.  Participants will be guided through several hands-on projects such as personal solicitation techniques and program evaluation.



April 24, 2014

Make sure to check out these two job opportunities! Click on the links to view job descriptions and qualifications.

Advocates for Veteran Housing (AVH) Case Manager


Executive Director of Episcopal Development Agency of Thomasville

EDAT Job Description


March 31, 2014

Grant Writing Research Webinar

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

with Ruth McLean Dawson

Click Here for more information and to REGISTER

Ruth has consulted with and worked in nonprofit organizations in the United States, Southeast Asia, Central America and Africa. A significant part of her work has been with refugees, immigrants and survivors of torture, genocide, human trafficking and ethnic cleansing.  Ruth has extensive experience working with nonprofits at local, regional, national, and international levels – direct service, management, and development – and spent several years at the Foundation Center. She has a Master’s Degree in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management and is currently working as a Nonprofit Coach and Consultant focused on organizational sustainability – planning, quality, and fundraising.



February 5, 2014

March 19th and 20th

Faith and Giving Workshop

“Creating a Culture of Generosity”



Faith Giving




November 23, 2013

Is your appeal letter…appealing?

By Ruth McLean Dawson, Nonprofit Coach and Consultant

It is that time of year when nonprofits are sending out or getting ready to send out the annual appeal. Statistics tell us that a nonprofit could be raising up to 40% of its donations during the last six weeks of the year. Here are three tips to help you make your 2013 appeal your best:

  1. Tell a story. A compelling story about real people that connect the donor to your work is a must have as part of an effective appeal. Motivate your readers and donors to act.
  1. It is all about the donor. Review your draft – how many times did you use the word “you” instead of “I” or “we”? The appeal letter is about the donor and what will be accomplished through their investment.
  1. Can the reader skim the letter? A strong appeal letter is designed to skim, most readers are going to see the upper right, the salutation, the signature, the P.S., then return to any pictures, headings, bullets and underlines. Do not lose your best efforts in the middle of a paragraph. Lots of white space with simple and legible fonts (at least 12 point) make a difference.

And a bonus idea…the signature, the P.S., a handwritten note all make a difference. Get your board and staff involved and have them write a personal note that conveys urgency and appreciation. Do not forget to integrate your appeal with your online presence – drive traffic to your website, be sure your “Donate Now” button is easy to find and easy to use, do an email blast, and use social media to promote participation and giving.

Questions or ideas? Do you want to know more? Contact Ruth at

Ruth recently led a workshop on Preparing to Launch a Strategic Plan at the SCeNE Fall Forum.  Ruth has extensive experience working with nonprofits at local, regional, national, and international levels – direct service, management, and development – and spent several years at the Foundation Center. She has a Master’s Degree in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management and her current efforts are focused on helping nonprofits with organizational sustainability – planning, quality, and fundraising.