“Here’s the potential situation in your nonprofit. You have tensions at the board level. As the CEO, you are blaming internal factions. Or, you have high turnover of staff. You blame a lack of loyalty and incompetence. Your fundraising revenue is stagnant or decreasing and you blame the fundraisers. No one seems to know who you are and you blame the marketing people. See where I’m going with this? Look in the mirror. It’s not them. It’s you. It all starts with you.

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Mentoring, at its most basic level, helps because it says to a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges.

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Basketball is a wonderful platform for caring adults to build positive relationships with student-athletes. It provides coaches the opportunity to help student-athletes exercise, develop confidence, enhance concentration, learn teamwork, and cultivate positive character.

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