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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?
 ...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.
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