Getting Something for Nothing

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Sometimes relatively insignificant measures can assume an absurdly disproportionate importance. For decades U.S. News and World Reports has been ranking the country’s top universities and colleges. These rankings have taken…
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Front Seat, Back Seat

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A few weeks ago I was in California on business, and my last evening there I visited the home of my high school friend Dori, now an English professor at…
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Learning From Warren

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I am pleased to discover that I have a few things in common with Warren Buffett. (Unfortunately,  being fabulously wealthy is not one of them.) Like Warren, I’m not one…
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The First Rule of Business

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My friend Rory, who has made a good living selling medical equipment, shook his head describing a failing company. “They violated the first rule of business,” he told me. “Make…
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The Best Kind of “Ask”

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I was giving a fundraising seminar a couple of weeks ago. Most of the audience members were nonprofit CEOs, development directors, and Board members. A woman asked me, “So the…
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As Rich as Rockefeller?

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All of you who are struggling to get your next foundation grant application pulled together and those of you who work earnestly as foundation staff or trustees may want to…
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