Has your nonprofit considered developing a monthly giving program? It's an easy way to generate additional funds, and can help with donor retention. This article offers tips on how to successfully create and maintain your monthly giving program.
The word "culture" can have different meanings depending on context, and for a nonprofit, culture defines the organization. Does your nonprofit take the time to evaluate its company culture? This article offers five areas to focus on when ensuring you are being true to the brand and mission of your organization.
Nonprofits are often concerned about increasing their reach, while evaluators are focused on the specific impact per cost. Do you feel that your nonprofit organization focuses too much on scale, and not enough on net impact? This article offers advice on how to integrate measurements of both scale and net impact to make your organization as socially beneficial as possible.
Communication with potential donors, volunteers, and members is very important, and email is a great means of keeping in touch. Do you find yourself struggling to grow your email list? This article provides some unique tips.
Are you concerned with maintaining your organization's values as it grows? This article offers advice on how to keep the focus on your personal mission and brand while simultaneously expanding your organization's reach.
Are you looking for a new way to engage potential donors? Have you considered using "micro-videos"? The short video approach is a great way to attract donors under age 35, and is a quick and cost-free opportunity to expand upon your fundraising efforts. Read more to learn about the advantages of multi-channel fundraising.
What role do grantmakers play in the emerging idea of collective impact within the nonprofit sector? This article lays out some key things to keep in mind to understand the power dynamic between grantees and grantmakers.
With social media constantly changing, what's next? How about direct donations from your twitter profile? Seven charity organizations are testing Twitter's new 'Buy' button, which could become the newest form of fundraising via social media.
Is your organization making the most of professional social media? Are you aware of the opportunities LinkedIn provides nonprofits? Check out this article for just a few tips to strengthen your LinkedIn presence.
All nonprofits, no matter the size, can benefit from a strong social media campaign. But what should that look like given your capacity? This article not only provides advice on social media time management, but breaks it down by organizational size so you can know how to budget staff capacity for outreach.
Is your organization experiencing a high turnover rate with volunteers? Looking to change that? This article provides some great tips to keep your volunteers feeling appreciated and coming back to help year after year.
There may be conditions that have to be met for collective impact, but what is the one thing that is vital to its success? According to this article, mindset shifts. Read more to learn why mindset shifts are important and what shifts specifically must be made for collective impact.
Are you finding that your organization is able to get the public's attention, but struggles getting individuals to take the next step and get involved? This article provides some great tips on fostering engagement such as accessible and relevant calls to action.
Volunteers can be vital to an organization’s mission, so who is in charge of volunteer resources in your staff? Volunteer resources could fall under many departments in your organization. This article explains the intricacies of volunteer resources and provides some suggestions for management of those volunteers within your organization.
Does leadership within the nonprofit sector look different that of the business or government sector? What makes a strong nonprofit leader? This article provides the answers to those questions while detailing 19 practices leaders should incorporate into their management strategy.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has brought up a lot of questions into best practices for fundraising in the nonprofit sector. This article shines light into the key elements for a successful fundraising campaign such as paying attention to your annual fund and donor retention.
This article provides a concise summary on why your nonprofit should be using Google Analytics, and how to gain the most from your use. Defining goals is just the first step to strengthening your nonprofit's online presence.
Executive Director transitions can be tough on an organization, so what is the key to ensuring success? Board support! This article explains why communication between a nonprofit’s board and the new executive director is vital and outlines steps to follow to create this supportive relationship.
Is your nonprofit facing fundraising issues? Hiring a Development Director is not as simple a solution as you may have thought. This article explains it takes effort from all positions to support the Development Director in order to strengthen fundraising.
Background screening for your volunteer program is central to protecting your reputation and ensuring the safety of your participants. But the average screening program is plagued by inefficiencies, inconsistencies and poor quality.
Why does screening have to be so hard?
It doesn’t. Verified Volunteers can help simplify and streamline your volunteer screening process. Backed by SterlingBackcheck, the nation's largest background screening company, and closely partnered with Points of Light, Verified Volunteers can help you dramatically improve your screening program.
This article explains why having an open dialogue with funders about your nonprofits financials is important. You should be discussing not only programs and services, but facility needs and financial reserves.
How can the language surrounding your donors influence the success of your fundraising strategy? Should you treat foundations and individual donors differently in your approach? This article provides the answers to these questions and more.
Boards are vital to the survival of nonprofit organizations, especially when there are Executive Director changes. This article provides insight into the importance of the Board and Executive Director relationship and how to improve communication and support between the two positions at every stage of the Executive Director’s career.
Has your organization created a strategic plan but found it difficult to continue the motivation to reach for your vision and strategic goals? Maybe you’re not sure how to go about measuring progress towards such goals? This article provides some great tips on revisiting that strategic plan after a year.
Looking to strengthen your grant writing strategy? This article explains how to best incorporate data to make a strong case for your organization. Demonstrating impact with data is vital to a convincing grant proposal.
Would you like to learn how to be more effective in managing employees? This article outlines 3 steps to implement in your delegation process to ensure your goals are met, while still empowering staff members to take on more responsibility.
Designing your digital fundraising strategy and don't know where to start? This article presents some great ideas for making your digital fundraising program focused and successful. Understanding the size of your target market and placing an emphasis on email campaigns are just two of many helpful tips outlined in the article!
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released a new application for small organizations seeking 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. This application is shorter and is meant to speed up the application process. This article explains the form in more details.
This article discusses the fact that millennial donors behave differently than other generations. Read more about why millennials care more about issues, less so about organizations, and make impulsive decisions when donating. This article can help you learn how to adjust your fundraising techniques to meet this change.
It is not only important for nonprofits to measure outcomes rather than activities, but to make sure that your evaluations are correctly measuring outcomes. This article provides five suggestions for conducting evaluations that show your organization’s impact and meet grant makers’ expectations.
Whether you are just starting up a website or looking to redesign your website, find valuable steps here. This article focuses on the high-level management and planning decisions you need to make when you design or re-design your website.
If constructed wisely, your board can work as your organization’s personal consulting team. This article clearly breaks down understanding your board into three groups, “Who you need,” “Who you have,” and “Who you want.”
Tune into this recorded podcast to find out why the FCC’s proposal to allow paid Internet “fast lanes” will create an unfair playing field that could significantly impair nonprofits’ ability to serve their constituents and raise awareness and support for their causes.
Nonprofit organizations are founded and operated with a focus on a mission to serve their communities. This makes them different from businesses. Yet, like businesses, nonprofit organizations sometimes need cash in the form of a loan to operate their programs effectively. Read more to see how loans can be a tool that can help nonprofits grow and succeed.
Ever since the professionalization of the nonprofit sector that took place thirty years ago, nonprofit executive salary has been influenced by business compensation concepts—but for-profit pay practices cannot be indiscriminately applied to nonprofits. So what really powers executive pay in the sector? As it turns out, size does matter.
This article highlights the management philosophy outlined in Laura Stack’s book, “Execution is the Strategy.” She suggests a helping HANDS approach that embraces delegation in order to reduce the managerial task list.
According to the Giving USA 2014 report, charitable giving increased last year. It is predicted we could reach pre-recession levels of giving by 2015. Continue reading to find out what is driving this year’s increase in giving.
The term networking has become more and more broadly defined. This article clearly states the 5 things you should keep in mind when networking in the nonprofit sector in order to make good use of your networks.
This article discusses a recently published book by Jeremy Rifkin in which he predicts that nonprofits will be the saving grace for our future economy in which productivity increases but employment decreases. According to Jeremy Rifkin, the nonprofit community is the fastest-growing employment sector in many countries. Continue reading for an interesting view on nonprofits and their role in the economy.
This article presents the findings of a survey of 240 organizations across the country relating to their partnerships and employee giving campaigns at major corporations. Results showed that many nonprofits are feeling pressure from their corporate partners to show more accountability. Read to find out why this accountability has become a recent demand.
The relationship between a new nonprofit executive director (ED) or chief executive officer (CEO) and his or her board can often be challenging. This article pulls from interviews with three CEOs and two board chairs to provide insight into different approaches to guide your plan in laying the groundwork for strong ED/CEO-board relationships.
This article examines how the nonprofit sector needs to update the language surrounding nonprofit evaluation as the evaluations themselves start to change. It goes on to emphasize how this change in language can influence the conversations surrounding nonprofit evaluations.
This article reviews a five year study conducted around the idea of a nonprofit starvation cycle. It explores the causes and solutions surrounding this problem as well as why nonprofits continue to overlook overhead costs.
This article highlights some of the key lessons from Admiral William McRaven's graduation speech at the University of Texas at Austin. Read some of his advice on personal and professional growth for both the long and short term.
This podcast details some of the ways in which smaller nonprofits can uniquely increase their growth. Listen to several nonprofit leaders detail their experiences in making their nonprofits bigger and better.
This article explains the "speed to clarity" method of time-management, a method that emphasizes minimizing the length of time between the presentation of a problem and its resolution. Find out some key factors in speeding up this process and allowing your organization to function better when faced with an issue.
Nonprofit groups M+R and NTEN have joined up to analyze trends in online giving campaigns in 2013. Their findings included email, website, and social media campaigns, as well as information about size and placement of gifts. Find out how your organization's giving campaigns can fit into this new information.
Be sure to read up on the new collaborative work between GuideStar and BoardSource. The new initiative to include "essential board leadership practices" in online profiles presents a new opportunity to showcase your nonprofit's strength.
Whether it's an image, a written story, or a video clip, if you're trying to spread the word about your cause, you'll want to tune in. Read this article and view the video to learn about the elements that can make your message riveting and shareable.
Nonprofits must invest in efficient leadership due to limited resources. This article provides an in-depth analysis of "Shared Leadership" and the benefits it can provide to your nonprofit when executed correctly.
Do you find there is a gap in leadership development in your organization? Unsure of how to address the issue? This article provides clear steps to enhance your leadership development plan even with the limited resources that come with being a nonprofit.
Are you trying to find a way to convey just how much of an impact your organization makes on our community? This article will help you craft the perfect story to show readers your organization is making a difference.
Whether you're just starting to put together a website for your nonprofit, or frustrated with your current vendor, this article has some great tips on what you should be looking for when researching Web Vendors.
Have you recently set up a website for your organization? Or are you looking to increase the viewings of your current website? This article walks you through the steps you can take to index your website quickly and easily to increase it's impact.
Content marketing encompasses all of the creation and sharing of media. This article explains why content marketing is so important and statistics on how well the nonprofit sector has been utilizing such marketing.
Employees can see meetings as a drag and a waste of time. This article shows that, when run effectively and efficiently, meetings can actually increase employees drive and lead them to perform better and work harder. Here are some suggestions on how to make meetings engaging and productive.
President Obama has signed a Presidential Memorandum to the Secretary of Labor that will dramatically increase the number of employees who are paid extra for overtime work. Find out in this article the details of the expected change and how it could affect your organization.
GuideStar and BoardSource have joined forces to investigate what indicators of organizational strength and stability can be used to help the public assess the nonprofit's work at a glance through GuideStar Exchange. Find out about the details of their planned evaluation and what effects it will have on the industry in the future.
Burnouts can be expected from long hours and hard work, but these aren't the only ways employees can lose steam at work. Find out other ways this can happen and how to avoid them to keep employees happy, healthy, and productive.
Broad—and deep—engagement with community members is a fundamental building block of a successful Heart & Soul Community Planning project. Authentic engagement makes all the difference to building stronger communities; it is a means to an end in our work, and it is also an end in itself for the trust it builds, the ideas it sparks, and the new connections it creates.