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.
According to the Foundation Center, in 2011, 60 percent of foundations said that they do not accept unsolicited proposals. How can nonprofits break through these policies to reach out to foundations? This article provides some great tips to make your nonprofit more visible to potential funders.
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.
At the core of every truly innovative organization is a leadership team that invests and actively participates in the process of coming up with new ideas. Instead of paying mere lip service to the concept, these leaders are role models who reflect the behaviors they want to see from their staff.
Fundraisers juggle a lot of responsibilities. During a recent Chronicle online video discussion, three nonprofit experts shared some of their favorite mobile apps to help fundraisers save time and get organized.
Foundations from around the country are taking part in the annual Foundations on the Hill program this week, allowing grantmakers to make their case to Congress on issues that matter to them and create credibility-building visibility for the philanthropic sector. Find out more in this article.
Program evaluation is always on nonprofits minds to help in creating the largest impact possible in the community. This article gives ten new innovations and suggestions within this field that can help make your evaluations have the largest impact possible.
Ethics can play a large part in the success of an organization. But, are you judging your own too leniently? This article details seven questions to ask yourself to check in on your personal ethical code.
When an organization seriously considers ending its life, it’s a difficult and complex process. This article provides four essential principles to remember during the difficult time, as well as tips for easing the transition.
Infographics can help an organization raise awareness quickly and concisely to a wide audience. But what makes a good inforgraphic? This article highlights four successful examples to help guide your next campaign and maybe spark some new ideas.
It’s easy to dismiss NPO social media concerns after seeing these social media campaigns that, quite frankly, kicked butt in 2013. These examples are going to get those thought wheels turning and hopefully spark your next idea.
Making sure your nonprofit is complying with accounting regulations and laws is critical to your success. This short article lists a variety of accounting problems that are common to nonprofit organizations - problems that you need to avoid.
Today’s school-leavers face the prospect of three or four career changes during the course of their lifetime. Learning how to learn can be invaluable in keeping up with changing the 21st century workplace.
Jerry Hauser, CEO of The Management Center, outlines a three-step process that can help nonprofit leaders ensure their goals are met while empowering their staff members to take on greater responsibilities.
When presented the right way, a business card can serve as a powerful branding tool and allow people to quickly remember who you are and what you have to offer. Use these business cards tips to showcase your professionalism and attention to detail.
What content you create is important but not nearly as important as the reason why. Learn how some companies do a great job of creating compelling, helpful, useful content, and others do a terrible job.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) have released Volunteering and Civic Engagement in America 2013. This year’s report found that volunteering remains an important activity for millions of Americans. The number of volunteers in Virginia increased slightl and with an average of 35.1 hours served per resident, Virginia ranked 21st among the 50 states and Washington, DC. More.
Adding a mobile payment solution can add a measure of convenience for both your customers and you while helping you avoid carrying around cash and checks. Fortunately, there are a number of options that can turn your smart phone or tablet into a mobile credit card terminal.