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Invitation for southwestern Wisconsin businesses - Feb. 8

Friday, January 27th 2017 2:32 pm
Tarasa Lown
Invitation for southwestern Wisconsin businesses
 
Please accept this invitation to join other regional businesses and school districts in connecting students directly and planfully to our area businesses. The event will take place in two locations...

Thoughts on Economic Development and Ensuring a Bright Future for Small Cities

Friday, January 27th 2017 1:32 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Thoughts on Economic Development and Ensuring a Bright Future for Small Cities By Tim Jacobson
 
What should smaller communities seek from the process of economic development?
 ...

Subject Lines Matter - Avoid Business Disasters with Relevant Labels

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 3:29 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
SUBJECT LINES MATTER Avoid Business Disasters by Using Relevant E-mail Labels By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  “Treat your email program like the movies – give a preview so they know what to expect.” — Jordie van Rijn, e-mail consultant

Advice for Creating a Business in Wisconsin

Thursday, February 5th 2015 11:53 am
Timothy S. Jacobson
CREATING A BUSINESS IN WISCONSIN By Timothy S. Jacobson Economic Development Director for Boscobel, Wis. CEO of Visjonaer Consulting “If one advances confidently in the...

Using Surveys and Focus Groups for Better Nonprofit Strategic Planning

Wednesday, January 14th 2015 9:44 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Using Surveys and Focus Groups for Better Nonprofit Strategic Planning By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  "However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." ―Winston Churchill

LinkedIn's New Look and New Features

Monday, October 13th 2014 1:55 pm
Tim Jacobson
LinkedIn’s New Look and Policies Tips for Formatting Your Header Image and Taking Advantage of New Features By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
 
As of the summer of 2014, LinkedIn started rolling out a new look, first to its Premium customers and subsequently to users of the free service. LinkedIn users are being offered a chance to make the...

Historic Permanent Land Conservation Incentive Passes House of Representatives

Thursday, July 17th 2014 1:40 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Historic Permanent Land Conservation Incentive Passes House of Representatives   By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  “Let us leave a splendid legacy for our children. Let us turn to them and say, ‘This you inherit; guard it well, for it is far more precious than money and once destroyed,...

Exploring Rare Sites of the Driftless

Monday, July 7th 2014 7:59 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Exploring Rare Sites of the Driftless ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~  
 
When Tracy Hames, executive director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, asked me for a tour of the Driftless Area, my mind raced around all the possibilities.

Ways & Means Committee Passes Conservation Tax Incentive

Monday, June 2nd 2014 9:51 am
Tim Jacobson
Ways & Means Committee Passes Conservation Tax Incentive ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~  
On May 29, 2014, the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee passed H.R. 2807, legislation to make the enhanced tax incentive for donated conservation easements permanent, but the fight for...

Signup underway for NRCS conservation easement program ACEP, and other conservation options

Monday, June 2nd 2014 8:43 am
Tim Jacobson
Signup underway for NRCS conservation easement program ACEP, and other conservation options ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~ Ben Logan’s “Seldom Seen Farm,” which is...

Editing “Hopelessness” Into “Hope” - The Story of Ben Logan's Farm and its Protection

Thursday, May 22nd 2014 4:28 pm
Tim Jacobson
Editing “Hopelessness” Into “Hope” The Story of Ben Logan's Farm and its Protection By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  Once you have lived on the land, been a partner with its moods, secrets, and seasons, you cannot leave.  The living land remembers, touching you in unguarded moments, saying, “I...

It's Time to Make the Conservation Easement Tax Incentive Permanent!

Monday, May 19th 2014 12:03 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
It's Time to Make the Conservation Easement Tax Incentive Permanent! By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~     Each year, America loses two million acres...

Twitter's New Look - Tips for Formatting Your New Header Image

Monday, April 28th 2014 4:38 pm
Tim Jacobson
Twitter’s New Look Tips for Formatting Your New Header Image By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
 
In case you hadn’t noticed, as of April 2014 Twitter is rolling out a new look. Some are characterizing it as a transition toward a more Facebook-like appearance. Twitter users are being...

Training for Your Board of Directors and Staff Members

Thursday, April 24th 2014 12:36 pm
Tim Jacobson
Training for Your Board of Directors and Staff Members By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
 
The board and staff of every organization need recurring training to stay sharp
Leaders strive to be lifelong learners. Professionals such as doctors and attorneys take continuing education courses on a regular basis to maintain their licenses. Seminars and webinars are...

Should Your Land Trust Bother with National Accreditation?

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 4:46 pm
Tim Jacobson
Should Your Land Trust Bother with National Accreditation? By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~ “Accreditation and strategic conservation planning moved us to put our...

What does Earth Day mean to you?

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 2:34 pm
Tim Jacobson
WHAT DOES EARTH DAY MEAN TO YOU? By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  “Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and...

Wis. Landowner Incentive Program funds private landowners to protect rare plants and animals

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 12:31 pm
Tim Jacobson
Wis. Landowner Incentive Program funds private landowners to protect rare plants and animals By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  Map showing Driftless Area of Wisconsin

Strategic Planning for Success

Friday, April 4th 2014 3:52 pm
Tim Jacobson
STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR SUCCESS By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common...

Marketing for Nonprofits - Tools You Can Use!

Thursday, April 3rd 2014 5:05 pm
Tim Jacobson
Marketing for Nonprofits: Tools You Can Use!
  By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
Good communication is everything in the nonprofit world. It's the backbone of fundraising. It's how you build support from your community, the people you serve, the foundations you seek...

Mysteries of the Driftless Film Featured on Wisconsin Public Radio

Wednesday, February 12th 2014 1:57 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Mysteries of the Driftless Film Featured on Wisconsin Public Radio By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
On 2/12/2014, I was interviewed on The Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio (www.wpr.org/programs/larry-meiller-show) along with Katie Beilfuss from the Wisconsin Wetlands Association to talk...

Twitter vs. Facebook for Nonprofits: How Do They Compare?

Friday, February 7th 2014 3:13 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Twitter vs. Facebook for Nonprofits: How Do They Compare? By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
Twitter and Facebook are punching and kicking their way through a knock-down, drag-out fight. Which one is a winner for nonprofit organizations looking to market themselves or raise funds through...

What the 2014 Farm Bill Means for Conservation

Wednesday, February 5th 2014 11:39 am
Timothy S. Jacobson
What the 2014 Farm Bill Means for Conservation By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the U.S. Senate approved the 2014 Farm Bill on a 68-32 vote, clearing the way for Pres. Obama to sign the legislation, which is expected on Friday for this bipartisan legislation.

Don’t Use Facebook as a Substitute for a Real Website

Tuesday, February 4th 2014 11:07 am
Timothy S. Jacobson
Don’t Use Facebook as a Substitute for a Real Website By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
I’m dismayed by how many small, for-profit retailers rely on a Facebook page as their sole digital presence, with the result that important information about the company is scattered and...

20 Traps Nonprofits Must Avoid

Thursday, January 23rd 2014 2:27 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
20 Traps Nonprofits Must Avoid By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
 
The world is filled with traps for nonprofit organizations—things you and your group must be vigilant to avoid. Don’t get sucked into these sinkholes! Flee from things that absorb most of...

Tim’s Inspirational Quotes Collection

Friday, January 17th 2014 11:56 am
Timothy S. Jacobson
Tim’s Inspirational Quotes Collection By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
We can all use a boost, some inspiration, to brighten our day and motivate us to reach higher in life. If all we did was listen to the voices of doubt and discouragement within and without, what...

How to Create Compelling Video for Your Nonprofit

Thursday, January 16th 2014 5:30 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
How to Create Compelling Video for Your Nonprofit By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
Gearheads (people like me!) immediately want to know what camera equipment to buy, what nonlinear editing software to use, what kind of microphones to acquire and how to set up good lighting. Those...

Social Media Marketing - An Explosively Powerful Tool

Friday, December 27th 2013 7:48 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING – AN EXPLOSIVELY POWERFUL TOOL By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~  “…the Internet has turned what used to be a controlled, one-way...

Earned Media - A Nonprofit's Best Friend

Thursday, December 19th 2013 11:46 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
What the heck is "earned media" and why should your organization care? By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~ “If Jesus were here today, he wouldn't be riding...

Put the Big Rocks in First in the Jar of Life

Tuesday, December 17th 2013 1:50 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Put the Big Rocks in First in the Jar of Life By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
Management gurus often talk about the concept of “putting the big rocks in first,” and for good reason.

Mobile Websites and Smartphone Apps: It’s Time to Get with the 21st Century

Thursday, December 12th 2013 3:18 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Mobile Websites and Smartphone Apps: It’s Time to Get with the 21st Century By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~ "Holding back technology to preserve broken...

Video: The Most Powerful Force for Your Nonprofit

Thursday, December 5th 2013 12:45 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
VIDEO: THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE FOR YOUR NONPROFIT By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~ “Humans are incredibly visual, and powerful, moving images help us find...

Lessons from the Kennedy Assassination: What this tragedy teaches us about the hurdles of doing good

Friday, November 22nd 2013 11:31 am
Timothy S. Jacobson
LESSONS FROM THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION: What this tragedy teaches us about the hurdles of doing good By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” — John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address,...

Celebrity Endorsements of Nonprofits: What does it take to get Robert Redford to support your cause?

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 4:09 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS OF NONPROFITS: What does it take to get Robert Redford to support your cause? By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~ "[Celebrities] can bring...

Jacobson Praises VSN Work In "Enchanted Land" Speech

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 10:59 pm
Gregg Hoffman
 
Jacobson Praises VSN Work In "Enchanted Land"
Film-maker and environmental consultant Tim Jacobson praised the Valley Stewardship Network for its work in helping to keep the Driftless Area an “enchanted land” Friday night.

The Psychology of Giving: Why It Does and Does Not Matter to Your Nonprofit

Wednesday, October 16th 2013 3:54 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
  THE PSYCHOLOGY OF GIVING: Why It Does and Does Not Matter to Your Nonprofit By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  “But history will judge you, and as the years pass, you will ultimately judge yourself, in the extent to which you have used your gifts and talents to lighten and enrich the lives of...

Achieve Critical Mass in Your Marketing Efforts

Wednesday, October 9th 2013 3:26 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
  Achieve Critical Mass in Your Marketing Efforts   By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~   Physicists have taught us an important lesson for the...

Who cares about a government shutdown when the government's been shut down all along?

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013 11:35 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
  Who cares about a government shutdown when the government's been shut down all along? or, why we should be scared about the farm bill being stalled yet again By Timothy S....

Mysteries of the Driftless premiere a rousing success!

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013 8:56 am
Timothy S. Jacobson
  The "Mysteries of the Driftless" documentary film premiere at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts in La Crosse, Wis. on September 16th was a smashing success. About 600...

Strategic Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

Monday, September 30th 2013 4:45 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
  Strategic Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations   ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~   By Timothy S. Jacobson - Visjonær Consulting &...

Conservation Pays in Big Ways

Friday, September 27th 2013 1:33 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Conservation Pays in Big Ways The Economic Benefits of Land Conservation ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~ By Tim Jacobson
Some people believe that land set aside for conservation purposes is a drag on the economy.  This is a prevalent and unfortunate misunderstanding.

Jacobson's New Venture Aims To Assist Non-Profits

Friday, September 27th 2013 1:26 pm
David Krier
  Jacobson's New Venture Aims To Assist Non-Profits   [Reprinted from the Boscobel Dial]   By David Krier Editor, The Boscobel...

GWC's Land Conservation Leadership Awards Program

Friday, September 27th 2013 10:21 am
Timothy S. Jacobson
  An Evening of Recognizing Conservation Excellence GWC's Land Conservation Leadership Awards Program   By Tim Jacobson   Last night for what I think was...

Striving for Personal Excellence

Tuesday, September 24th 2013 4:25 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
The Nonprofit Provocateur   STRIVING FOR PERSONAL EXCELLENCE By Tim Jacobson   Not too long ago, I was asked to give a keynote speech to a college crowd about personal...

Welcome to the Nonprofit Provocateur

Tuesday, September 24th 2013 11:10 am
Timothy S. Jacobson
Welcome to the Nonprofit Provocateur
By Tim Jacobson
 
Life is many things, but inevitably included are tough lessons--often gained through trial and error....
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