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The Ugly Stick

It’s not what you think.If you had to guess – chances are, you still would not know.It’s actually just a marketing ploy, a clever, memorable name for an affordable fishing rod, but in the hands of Griffin, one of our children at the residential treatment center in Rhinebeck, its a mark of normalcy, a souvenir of childhood, like old football helmets, Legos and in-line skates that will probably wind up in his attic when he’s grown, to be found and wondered about by his own kids.…See More
Jul 21
Susan J. Ragusa posted a blog post

Volunteering: Put Why First

I often do presentations for community groups on networking and other topics that fit my expertise. Generally I’m good at estimating a presentation’s timing and flow. Rarely am I really surprised. But it happens – and it did, just recently.It started with the topic of volunteering.From my work with nonprofits, I know that…See More
May 30
Susan J. Ragusa posted a blog post

Give and Get

My blog readers receiving my new Dashboard (more about that below) may recall that I recently presented at the second-annual Speed Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations in Manhattan. My topic was “Fundraising through Special Events.”First, I want to give kudos to the sponsors, The Foundation Center and Association of Nonprofit…See More
May 6
Susan J. Ragusa posted a blog post

Making the Case for Board Education – With Heavy Hitter Help

Okay, so I don’t mean to be an I-told-you-so, but I cheered at recent news that GuideStar, the respected information source on nonprofits, is collaborating with BoardSource, the expert on all things board-related, to include “essential board leadership practices” in GuideStar’s organizational profiles.Nonprofits will have…See More
Apr 1
Susan J. Ragusa posted a blog post

Giving Boards A Helping Hand

I’ve been addressing board issues and needs in my recent blogs. It’s not that the board is the only entity that…See More
Feb 27
Susan J. Ragusa posted a blog post

Reach Out and Retain A Donor

Remember that old AT&T slogan, reach out and touch someone? It’s come to mind lately as I’ve been making phone calls to donors as a board member of a Hudson Valley nonprofit. Yes, full disclosure for first-time readers: the board practices I recommend are ones I know have merit as a nonprofit strategist and from firsthand use.My purpose is to thank donors for giving. As I’ve stated before, I’m a firm believer that thanking donors is key to retaining them. I also advocate building…See More
Feb 3
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Nov 10, 2010

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Your business type:
Nonprofit Strategist
Types of products or services offered:
Specialties: Nonprofit Board Development, Donor Relations & Communications, Fund Development, Individual Giving & Strategic Planning.
About Me:
My consulting work in the nonprofit world keeps me on the move as an authentic participant and candid advisor to clients. These experiences enable me to bring firsthand knowledge, fresh thinking and focused energy to every project.

I take a wide-angle lens to clients’ challenges. My solutions are grounded in the realities of what works and what’s required for successful fundraising, solid board development and strong relationships with donors.

Friends and colleagues call me a networker by nature (fact: I was linked up before Linked In) and a “we can do better” catalyst for every cause. I’m always happy to prove them right.
If your nonprofit is looking to boost its bottom line – and what organization isn’t? – reach out and let's talk.
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Susan J Ragusa
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The Ugly Stick

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 6:05pm 0 Comments

It’s not what you think.

If you had to guess – chances are, you still would not know.

It’s actually just a marketing ploy, a clever, memorable name for an affordable fishing rod, but in the hands of Griffin, one of our children at the residential treatment center in Rhinebeck, its a mark of normalcy, a souvenir of childhood,…

Continue

Volunteering: Put Why First

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 7:02pm 0 Comments

I often do presentations for community groups on networking and other topics that fit my expertise. Generally I’m good at estimating a presentation’s timing and flow. Rarely am I really surprised. But it happens – and it did, just recently.

It…

Continue

Give and Get

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 1:28pm 0 Comments

My blog readers receiving my new Dashboard (more about that below) may recall that I recently presented at the second-annual Speed Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations in Manhattan. My topic was “Fundraising through Special Events.”

First, I want to give kudos to the sponsors, The Foundation Center and…

Continue

Making the Case for Board Education – With Heavy Hitter Help

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:24pm 0 Comments

Okay, so I don’t mean to be an I-told-you-so, but I cheered at recent news that GuideStar, the respected information source on nonprofits, is collaborating with BoardSource, the expert on all things board-related, to include “essential board leadership practices” in GuideStar’s organizational profiles.…

Continue

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