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Denise McMahan

Denise McMahan is founder and publisher of CausePlanet, a thriving one-of-a-kind professional development website for busy nonprofit leaders who want to stay informed about essential reading through Page to Practice™ book summaries, author interviews and relevant discussion by peer contributors. Denise dedicated much of her early career to fundraising in academia and experiential education where she was twice recognized for innovation and model account, raising millions of dollars and surpassing client goals. McMahan equally enjoyed working on client side, coaching major gift volunteers and mobilizing unrestricted giving to reach unprecedented participation. In addition to overseeing CausePlanet, McMahan is a writer for nonprofit and corporate clients. Read her blog at or email her at

Nonprofits: Explore the heart of Latino leadership

If you’re like me, you’re involved with one, two or more boards that would love to share the table with a thriving minority in the U.S. In fact, minority won’t be an accurate description by the year 2021. Join me in getting acquainted with the first book that squarely focuses on describing the principles and practices of how... Read more

Nonprofits: Don’t raise a dollar unless you plan on keeping it

According to Ken Burnett, “Our nonprofit sector is bleeding to death. We’re hemorrhaging donors, losing support as fast as we find it, seemingly condemned forever to pay a fortune just to stand still. It’s time we stemmed the flow.” Our #nonprofit sector is bleeding to death…it’s time we stem the flow. Click To Tweet It’s... Read more

Nonprofits: Four things fundraising is not

Jeff Brooks’ How to Turn Your Words Into Money is a nonprofit writer’s new ally with the latest guidelines for creating the most effective messages to persuade your reader. Brooks explains what fundraising writing is not and what it should be. He does so in a way that tells you exactly what to avoid and... Read more

Podcast: Three top pressure reducers that help you when it matters most

“You can’t just show up to a high-pressure situation and expect to perform well. You need to be tenacious—to put the work in. People who find it difficult to perform often discount the need for preparation and hard work. It’s easier to believe in the myth of the clutch player, the leader-hero, or the prodigy,” assert Weisinger and Pawliw-Fry,... Read more

Performing under pressure: Befriend the moment

“Nobody performs better under pressure. Regardless of the task, pressure ruthlessly diminishes our judgment, decision making, attention, dexterity and performance in every professional and personal arena,” assert Performing Under Pressure coauthors Weisinger and Pawliw-Fry. Leaders in the nonprofit sector are no strangers to feeling the pressure of furthering a mission with lean resources and limited... Read more

Are you measuring up to Brooks’ advice on how to turn words into money?

Jeff Brooks’ How to Turn Your Words Into Money is a book about what fundraising writing is not and what it should be. Brooks tells you exactly what to avoid and what to try in your next attempt to sway your audience. A fair amount is appropriately dedicated to the many ways you can create a compelling... Read more

It’s the perfect time for Tom Ahern’s “Making Money with Donor Newsletters”

There’s never been a better time to enter our Get Smarter Give Away book drawing. Donor acquisition costs are at an all-time-high and retention rates are at an all-time-low. Author Tom Ahern has written Making Money with Donor Newsletters: The How-To Guide to Extraordinary Results and now you can apply every chapter that is chock full of... Read more

When board members are lousy: Simone Joyaux has answers

Author Simone Joyaux asks these questions: “How many times have you sat in a boardroom and wished you were someplace else? How many times did your wish relate to others in the room? Maybe some particular person?” Joyaux acknowledges we’ve all been there. Perhaps the feeling occurs only in passing but what do we do... Read more

Podcast with Jim Hornickel about nonprofit negotiations

According to Negotiating Success author Jim Hornickel, people around the world have been taught for too long that every win requires a loser. Instead, he says, successful negotiations are built on the goal of having both parties win, yielding long-term positive outcomes for both sides. All conversations are negotiations  Negotiating Success, in your personal and... Read more

Get Smarter Give-Away: The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful Boards

We believe the best things in life are free. That’s why we’re giving you a chance to win a free copy of The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful Boards in our Get Smarter Give-Away. Fundraising Habits author Jerold Panas has worked with more than 400 boards and raised billions of dollars. He’s written this book to help... Read more