Rethinking Campaigns

By Rika Peterson

It’s not just you. There really are campaigns running all the time. Why? Because campaigns work. They are one of the most successful and shiny fundraising mechanisms available to fundraisers. A campaign, however, is not the answer to every new initiative or expansion effort proposed within an organization; it is not...

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Lead by Example, Lead by Mission

According to Merriam-Webster, to lead by example is to act in a way that shows others how to act. As we work on developing the fourth installment of Camp Capacity, we have been...

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Millennials in the News

Much time has been spent trying to predict how Millennials will mature into donors and transform the philanthropic platform to fit their style. Insight is growing as the cohort ages. A new study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that Millennials are ready to give bigger gifts and support new causes this year. 46% of donors under 35 said they were going to give...

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What's Our Why

By the MSW's at Maximizing Excellence

March is National Social Work Month and as an office with three proud social workers on the team, we thought we would answer "What's our why?" for social work.

"Social work, to me, is the most complete and effective way to change lives. Whether with small groups, through an organization, or even in a...

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It's All In The Approach

By Rika Peterson
We pride ourselves on being a strengths-based work environment. Subscribing to two key assumptions about each team member:

  • Each person’s talents are enduring and unique.
  • Each person’s greatest room for growth is in the areas of their strength.

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Craft Impactful Messaging for Your Campaign

The January 2019 issue of The Major Gifts Report features Cindy Peterson as a content expert on campaign messaging.

You can check out the issue here:

The Major Gifts Report Jan 2019

Reading a Philanthropist's Mind

By Rika Peterson
Is there a way to gauge the choices, motivations, and influences of a philanthropist? This question was asked and answered in the recently published “Going Beyond Giving” study.

The study compiled data from 219 high net worth and ultra-high net worth philanthropists. Here are our three key takeaways from the study:


By Kacey McCarthy
We are all faced with making difficult decisions at times. Whether it is in our personal or professional lives, some decisions can feel impossible. How do you maneuver through the decision-making process, especially when it is something that you want to do but know it is in your best interest to say no?

By asking yourself a few questions, it can help to make the decision a little easier.

Who runs the world? Facilitators!

A facilitator’s main objective is to look at a planning process objectively and to keep the discussion on track while building consensus with individual ideas and opinions. Utilizing an outside facilitator can make or break the success of your strategic planning retreat – or any function that involves aligning differing perspectives toward a common goal.

Get Out of the Office!

By Rika Peterson

Spring is impending and soon rising temperatures will entice office dwellers to ditch fluorescent light for some old-fashioned Vitamin D. There is overwhelming evidence in support of taking regular breaks at work, which not so coincidentally becomes more popular as the weather improves here in South Dakota.