TED TALK: Everything the donating public has been taught about giving is dysfunctional, says AIDS Ride founder Dan Pallotta. He aims to transform the way society thinks about charity and giving and change.
A newly released study that reveals many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. The report goes on to suggest initial steps to address the challenges.
With the rapid growth of collective impact, we are seeing promising approaches to tackling the nation's mounting problems. Read about 5 lessons for driving large-scale social change through collaboration from a CEO of 20 years working with the world's largest foundations.
An aggregation of the best and most interesting techniques to motivate employees. Learn how to build morale, encourage brainstorming, nurture strength, keep employees focused, how to create an environment your workers won't want to leave and more.
How will our jobs be different in 2013 and what trends will we need to know about? Read this quick list of 5 and make sure they are on your radar so you don't miss out on the potential they can offer your organization.
The long awaited update to idealware's "A Consumer's Guide to Low Cost Content Management Systems" is now available. If you are shopping for a low cost CMS, this will give you what you need to be a smart consumer. If you're not shopping, this report can help you better understand content managerment systems and their functionality.
Learn how moving away from a board matrix might help strengthen your board. This article will show how you don't need to treat people like interchangable parts for your organization to run like a well oiled machine.
Here's a lesson from which we all could learn. When trying to create change, they key to success frequently lies in strategic collaboration. This article will show you how that collaboration, though sometimes challenging, can also be both exciting and rewarding.
When board members oversteps their authority, tactfully reining them back isn't always easy. This article contains great advice on how to do just that, giving you information you'll need to be a great leader.
A recent study from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative shows more successfull fundraising among organizations with boards that help in a wide range of solicitations. This article provides key take-aways from the study and a link to the full report.
Selecting a membership database can often be overwhelming with so many different choices available in today's market. This article and tutorial will walk you step-by-step through the process of assessing your needs, exploring your options, and implementing a database system that works for you.
While there is great pressure for nonprofits to merge, especially from funders in a tight economy, mergers often require new money, as well as significant time for board members and staff to conduct due diligence. This article examines several other models of partnership that can be more efficient and less stressful.
Ready to show off how much good you do? Looking for a new way to engage donors? This article stresses the importance of performance information and will show you how to track and report it in a way that will show the true size of your organization's impact.
When nonprofits scrape by, devoting almost all resources to programs and services, we often label them as "efficient." But are they as efficient as they could be if they spent more on overhead? This article argues that NPOs could maximize the good they do by changing the way they do business.
Do you segment your constituent base? The simple strategies laid out in this article can help you tailor your messaging to specific groups which will help your organization develop a more meaningful connection with supporters.
"Collective Impact" has become a popular buzzword in nonprofit circles, but what exactly is it, how is it created, and why are people latching onto the idea? Recently the White House Council for Community Solutions organized a discussion to delve into these questions. Here is the transcript.
Finding and hiring new staffmembers doesn't have to be a stress-inducing endeavor. By following the simple steps in this article, you can bring on board high quality employees in a way that minimizes anxiety for both you and them.
Network weavers, often the unsung heroes of the nonprofit sector, forge the connections that allow our organizations to thrive. Whether online or offline, these individuals are our best ambassadors, fundraisers, and recruiters. Be sure to listen to this podcast for great advice on cultivating a culture of networking in your own office.
You may be collecting the data that your funders want to see, but are you collecting the data that will really help you grow? Remember, tracking your progress provides you with the information you need to maximize your impact on your community. If you're only looking at your metrics when you need funding, you're probably missing a great opportunity for organizational improvement.
Wondering how nonprofit management has changed, and will continue to change, with the shifting economy? This article outlines strategies used to address changes in funding brought about by the challenging economic environment, noting: “While organizations will certainly need to include new options in their tool kit of responses, the tried and true will continue to be important.”
In order for organizations to transition smoothly from one executive director to another, a high level of board involvement is required. As tempting as it may be for board members to step back after the candidate selection process is complete, the ideas listed in this article show the importance of their continued mentorship for new EDs.
What does great leadership look like; why do we appreciate it and how do we develop it? Though many styles of leadership exist, most truly inspiring and successful leaders draw largely on the twelve criteria listed in this article, showing that leadership is, indeed, an art.
Do you spend most of your time reacting to problems and issues, with little time left for your actual job? Being proactive about your job and prioritizing can help prevent issues and problems from occurring in the first place -- learn tips on how to make this happen.
Does your organization have a clear understanding of the leadership capacities it will need in three to five years in order to achieve its strategic goals? If your organization does not, you are not alone - over 60% feel they don't. The three steps outlined here can help you systematically understand your future needs.
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As one generation retires and another enters the workforce, the needs of the nonprofit sector naturally change. In this environment, how can we leverage the strengths of different generational perspectives to address our shared challenges? Try reading this article for advice on how to best address this change.
What are the six powerful practices of high impact nonprofits and how can they be applied to your organization? This article illustrates how lessons learned from some of the nations largest and most successful nonprofits can be adapted and scaled to help the vast majority of smaller nonprofits achieve the success they want.
If you work for one of the many nonprofits unsure of how to find and train their next generation of leaders, Bridgestar has a plan to help you. This comprehensive road map will guide you through leadership development and succession planning in a way that will help ensure the longevity of your organization. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of the summary for a PDF of the full report.
While nonprofits spend enormous amounts of time fundraising, many have difficulty securing the money they will need over the next five years, even though their vision for how their programs will evolve is often sharp and clear. A well-thought-out approach to raising revenue that fits your organization can solve this problem.
Can collaboration enhance the sustainability of your nonprofit organization? What can be done to maximize the benefits it has on your organization, clients, and community? I f done properly, collaboration can move your organization toward greater mission fulfillment and enhanced long-term sustainability.