Impact evaluations -- typically, third-party studies that seek to prove a program model’s effectiveness -- seem to be all the rage in social sector circles these days, but do you REALLY need one? Check out this article to see if the time is right for your organization to begin the process and to learn what to expect along the way.
Every donor has a different reason for giving, so every time you ask for something, it's crucial that you personalize your approach! Read this article for five excellent tips on how to have better conversations with your donors!
What can nonprofit leaders do when it becomes clear that a shift in culture is needed to realize organizational goals or increase impact? Four of the most important and effective steps a leader can take are described in this article! Be sure to read them over!
Board members are more than fund raisers! BoardSouce and The Taproot Foundation have examined the ways in which nonprofit board members support their organizations, and if your board only focuses on fund raising, you could be missing out! Check out this report to make sure you don't.
The best donors are informed donors, but too frequently, donors don't take the time to research the nonprofits they support. Your organization, however, can help fix this! Check out this article for to learn what actions the philanthropic sector can take to encourage more informed giving.
Though improving technologies offer many great benefits, the large number of options they provide can often make us less productive. If you're feeling overwhelmed at work, try looking through this article for tips on how to destress and become more productive again!
Every question asked in an interview can be condensed down to the three discussed in this article. Whether you're looking for a new job or a new employee, understanding the fit of an organization and individual is crucial in creating lasting success. If you're on either end of this equation, be sure to read this article!
Entering the realm of social media can be a great step for your organization, if you do it with purpose and do it well To make sure you hit the ground running, or to see what improvements you could make to your current campaigns, be sure to check out this great article from Bridgespan.
From The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, this toolkit provides information on working with the White House and Agencies across the federal government as well as information on applying for federal grants and accessing capacity building resources.
Finding great employees, or volunteers, can be difficult, especially if you don't know what qualities to look for. Don't make the search harder by skipping this article! You may miss out on someone who has the stellar (and occasionally unusual) qualities to really help your organization thrive.
Don't worry, there isn't actually anything wrong with it, and this isn't another essay on those non-verbal cues you send. Sometimes, however, your outward expressions shape your feelings and the way you think about things more than you realize, and they could be making your life more difficult. Try taking a couple tips from this article and using them to make the trickier moments of your day much easier to handle!
There are many innovating ideas in the nonprofit world that promise organizations transformative results. Possitive Deviance, Social Return on Investment, Collective Impact. They're all great ideas, but transformation more about attaining a certain mindset than about jumping straight to end results. If you're tired of the jargon, try reading this article to learn how to focus more on the process of change and less on the lingo.
When planning campaigns, organizations frequently find the hardest part of implementing their strategy to be creating a consistent stream of quality content. If you're trying to avoid this problem, try checking out some of the tips and resources includded in this article!
We all want to cut our overhead, spending as much as we can on program services, but are we limiting ourselves? There's a good chance the answer is "Yes!". Check out this article to learn how financial support for fundraising can exponentially increase your ability to do good!
Not everyone volunteers for the same reasons, and understanding why your volunteers volunteer will help you keep them involved and passionate. If you need help identifying the different types of volunteers in your organization, try reading this article!
We all want to improve the financial performance of our organizations, but what is the most efficient way to do so? This article, from the Nonprofit Assistance Fund, offers both some basic and in depth information on how to tweak your business model!
Though often necessary for measuring success, statistics and raw data can by dry and boring, leaving little impression on those you want to engage. Before you send out your next report, be sure to read this article for great tips on how to liven up your information!
It's often easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, frequently forgetting to do things we know we should do. Here's a short list of things you should make sure you do BEFORE you leave the office this week!
So you've read the SWVR, but now you're trying to figure out what it means for you. As your organization reviews its volunteer activities for this year and makes plans for 2012, here are a few ideas to consider!
If your office tends to resist change, try checking out this article (as well as those to which it links) for some tips on how to change the culture of your office. Be sure to check back later for Part 2!
Philanthropists and nonprofits must get a maximum return on their investments. This is especially true in hard economic times. Check out this article for several tips on how to make every dollar count! And for more information on effective philanthropy, check out CNE's Philanthropy Toolkit.
While the commitment to philanthropy made by baby boomers deserves praise, the idea that more is better occasionally hinders the joint action necessary to solve contemporary problems. Read this article to find out why and learn what you can do to help.
Funders frequently want results that are finitely measurable. However, the benefits of leadership development are often difficult to gauge. So how do you demonstrate to funders that such programs are worthy of their time, energy, and money? Start by reading this article!
Most nonprofits understand the potential power of social media to connect with both old and new supporters, advocates, and clients. But have you considered how social media can be used to increase your organization's accountability and transparency as well? Check out this article to find out how!
Organizations that can clearly and accurately articulate their financial story and resource needs are better positioned to make a strong case for support. Try using this worksheet to capture a snapshot of your nonprofit’s strengths and weaknesses! This will help you not only improve your organization, but also better tell your story.
When an organization gets sick, it becomes a shell of its former vision. So what do you do when your organization contracts a cold? Check out this article for 7 great tips for nursing it back to health.
In June 2011, a small, exclusive group of 35 influential leaders from across the nonprofit industry, along with the Hartsook Chair at the Center of Philanthropy and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Blackbaud, and Hartsook Companies, came together at the Growing Philanthropy Summit to develop an action-oriented agenda on growing philanthropy. The mission: to grow giving by enhancing the quality of the donor experience. Be sure to check out this report on the outcomes of their Growing Philanthropy Summit!
The Alliance for Children and Families has released a new, national report designed to help the nonprofit human services industry maintain high performance while identifying game-changing opportunities. Be sure to check here for both the Executive Summary and the full report!
Are you a board member dragging your feet on your Executive Director's performance review? Are you in an executive position and frustrated by a lack of feedback from your board? This article is for you.
To secure funding for your organization, you must be able to clearly demonstrate your organization's value. For excellent advice on how to best focus on and maximize that value, check out this article from the Harvard Business Review.
Rural nonprofits face many unique challenges in the fight against poverty not encountered by their urban counterparts. Check out this article for detailed info on the differences between urban and rural nonprofits, the barriers that rural nonprofits must overcome in serving their communities, and lessons gleaned from the experiences of nonprofit organizations that have found ways to operate effectively in rural America
As with any organization, nonprofits must develop efficient and effective hiring practices to reap the best candidates. Check out these 10 expert tips to learn how you can find the best staff members for your organization!
Whether kids sell cookies or help clean up a park, they are welcome volunteers, but you need to check out this article to be sure you know the basics of how to protect them and your organization when it comes to liabilities.
Check out this article for the key findings of Compasspoint's report on The Board Paradox, a study of how directors can best communicate with their boards. For the full report, see the post under our "Share What You Know" section.
Looking for innovative ways to thank your donors? Check out this article on how translating classic "thank you" techniques to online or technology-enhanced ones can provide new ways to make donors feel appreciated and, in some cases, organizational savings.
Nonprofit Fundraisers generally view the world in one of two ways: as a place of great scarcity or as a place of great abundance. If you are one of the former, read this article to find out how you could improve your effectiveness by changing your outlook!
Want to make your story heard but lacking the resources to secure airtime on television? The Wild Apricot Blog offers advice on how to use YouTube's Nonprofit Channel to help your message reach as many people as possible. Check it out!
Faced with a non-profit "superjob" and struggling to remain productive in the two or three roles you play, have a personal life and maintain your sanity? Check out this post for great tips on how to effectively manage your time!
Read this interview with Phyllis Yale, a founding member of The Bridgespan Group, for a wealth of information that will help you determine how to improve the efficiency of your board and ensure the best fit for board member.
Instead of focusing on common hopes and intentions, individuals with different backgrounds and community roles often fixate on the institutional affiliations that divide them. If this trend has been affecting you, try listening to this podcast for great advice on overcoming the challenge.
On average, fundraisers stay in post just 18 months before moving on. Can our sector afford this turnover, and how far in their careers can these transient individuals actually go? Read this article to learn more about the price nonprofits pay for not retaining their best staff.
As leaders, our natural tendency is to seek control. However, good decision making often requires us to know our limits. Check out this blog post for more information on how seeing through the Illusion of Control could improve decision making process.
If unanswered questions about program priorities or effective processes are holding back your organization, maybe you should consider conducting an online survey to try to get some answers. Check out this blog post for lots of advice and links to good information about the best ways to conduct one.
The Google Apps donation program provides organizational email, calendaring and document sharing as a free alternative to Microsoft Outlook. How do the two applications compare in the face of typical nonprofit needs?
Leadership transitions can be risky and organizations seeking new leadership face a number of very important decisions. Check out this paper for advice on how to effectively select candidates from outside your organization
Writing a successful strategic plan can be a major accomplishment, but if not acted upon, the plan accomplishes little. Read this publication from Bridespan for step-by-step advice on how to move from strategy to implementation with your organization.
Running an organization is not easy. Though rewarding, it can also be hard, messy, and emotionally draining. Check out this article for advice on how to regain your perspective when the big problems are getting you down.
Even the most well intentioned board member can become inefficient or even ineffective, if they misunderstand the role of the board. Check out ten of the most common myths wreaking havoc in nonprofit boardrooms.
Your new logo looks great, but don't stop there! Branding may start with a name or a logo, but it goes much beyond that. Read this article from Dan Pallotta at the Harvard Business Review for his explanation of how brand is "everything."
Determining compensation packages for your organization's CEO can be a tricky task. Try using the guidelines in this article to make the process simpler. Many of the points may be applied to other staff members as well!
As much as nonprofits need forward-thinking, entrepreneurial staff leadership, they need it just as much in the board room. Check out this post from the "Leading by Design" blog for some great tips on how to find the talent you need.
The effects of advocacy, though hard to measure in the short run, can still be gauged using non-traditional methods. Check out this article to learn why advocacy is so important and what you should be doing to track it.
In order for any strategic change to be implemented successfully, an organization must ensure that its culture will allow such a change. Read this article to hear from two nonprofit leaders on how evaluating their culture helped them evaluate the organization.
Susan Saegert, Lymari Benitez, Efrat Eizenberg, Tsai-shiou Hsieh, and Mike Lamb
Want to know how community based organizations can balance wanting to connect more closely with the communities they represent and serve with showing progress toward measurable outcomes? This article examines ways that CBOs and community residents can become partners in knowledge enterprise. Check it out!
Creating a website can be very hard and overwhelming, but with a few tips and techniques, the process can be fairly straightforward and even enlightening. Check out this article for resources and an in depth guide that will simplify the entire process for you.
In a economic environment, nonprofits are tightening their budgets, and one expense often debated is Directors & Officers liability insurance. Read this article to learn how to find the right insurance for your organization.