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A family affair: kids and charitable giving

I mentioned in a newsletter a few weeks ago that as part of their monthly pocket money, we give our kids a budget for charitable giving.  We received so much positivity around this (including readers who started to do the same for their tiny babies!) that we wanted to talk a bit more about it. Where it all began Our kids are aware of both the importance of giving, of helping other people and of the huge blessings which abound in their own lives.  Philanthropy […]

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How are you doing?

Last week I spent an afternoon delving into responses from our annual community survey.  We’ve done the survey a couple of times now.  It’s important to check that we’re on the right path with our weekly content and that our articles are a source of inspiration and practical help. As well as asking you all about your work, your roles and your interest in buying LarkOwl products and services, we also wanted to know how you are. How are you? Really, how are you? Fortunately, […]

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Business planning and avoidance tactics

Most charities I’ve worked with over the past year on the topic of business planning (amongst other things) have asked pretty much the same question, “What should we be doing right now?” Nobody really has all the answers to this, but…   Whatever your ‘silly season’ is, I can guarantee you’ll be in the midst of it thinking “I wish I’d planned better for this during the quieter times”.   I think for many of us, now has unexpectedly become that quieter time. One of […]

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Night owls, productivity (and why Tony doesn’t eat frogs)

This post is written by our resident night owl, Tony….   I’m sure I’m not the only night owl frustrated by all the gurus telling me about being productive. I like you Tim Ferriss.  But making my bed first thing doesn’t put me in the mindset that I’m achieving things early on.  It’s flicking a duvet, not running a half marathon. Brian Tracy is going to tell you to Eat the Frog, and I get it,  but my lovely morning lark will tell you that […]

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Productivity tips for fundraisers who are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed

Before the summer holidays, I found myself counting down the days a little bit.  I was conscious that I hadn’t had more than a long weekend off work since Christmas.  Up until July, I’d been working on four capital projects.  Keen to deliver outstanding quality fundraising for each of my clients, I was conscious that I was working through a period of intensity, possible to maintain in the short term, but unsustainable in the long term.  I was in need of either a set of […]

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Stewardship for the Self, Bullet Journaling for Fundraisers

I started my Bullet Journaling obsession about two years ago when I was relatively fresh into freelancing and was on a personal development mission.  One of the many podcasts I was listening to at the time caught my attention. The woman sounded so incredibly together, organised and focused; from her morning routine to her diet to her daily habits around running her business.  She credited so much to her Bullet Journal and I was instantly hooked. Along with a few other tools I’ve picked up […]

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