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.
Whether you know it or not, when you compose an e-mail, a grant proposal, a business plan, or an executive summary, you're designing. And good design gives you an edge. Check out this guide to designing your communications for some great tips.
Skill at fundraising and governance alone do not an excellent board member make. Check out this article to learn how a third factor, civic reach, can distinguish a great board member from a merely adequate one.
When creating a new venture, you have several options as far as choosing the legal structure of your enterprise. Check out this article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review to learn which option would be right for you.
Arts organizations face a unique challenge in balancing operational problems created by traditional mandates to build infrastructure and engage in strategic planning for the future, while maintaining the spontaneity that fuels their craft. Read this article to identify pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Two kinds of people exist in the nonprofit sector: those obsessed with giving donors what they say they want and those committed to giving donors something even better. Read this article to learn why the latter is so scarce as well as what can be done to change that.
How many emails have you received in the last six days? Can you remember even half of them or who sent them? Through this short blog, learn how a hand written note can often make twice the impact while saying half as much. Also, don't forget to check the "Related Posts" link at the bottom to find more ideas for small changes with large pay offs.
Last year, a Conference Board survey found that only 45% U.S. workers were satisfied in their jobs, the lowest level since 1987. Even if you’re one of the few who do like your job, it can still be difficult to keep the fire alive if you’ve been working in the same job for years. Check out this article for ten simple steps you can take to renew your passion for your career.
Despite Twitter and blogs and all of the fancy online tools we have these days, nonprofit communicators still need to know how to pitch a Story over the phone. Read this article for seven key points to remember when trying to make your story heard.
The Virginia Attorney General has issued an opinion that the state constitution does not permit the giving of state funds to non-state agencies. Read more about the issue that potentially affects millions of dollars in donations to nonprofit organizations.
Overwhelmed and overworked? Thinking about hiring a development director to help carry the load? Read this interview with consultant Leyna Bernstein to learn the dos and don'ts of conducting your search.
With the rise of social media technology, it's easy to become overwhelmed by more information than you could ever possibly absorb. Here Miller outlines two approaches great for dealing with the overload.
Though we are coming out of a recession, it looks as if lack of communication -- not not membership fees -- is causing more people to back away from the nonprofit sector. This article examines growing trends as well as ways to combat them.
Drawing from personal experience, Dan Pallotta uses several extreme examples to highlight how personal problems in the workplace can often by misdiagnosed as business problems. Not only does this misdiagnosis fail to address the problem, it can actually do additional harm to an organization. The best way to treat this situation is to avoid it altogether by diagnosing problems correctly the first time and taking into consideration the "human" factor.
As members of the nonprofit community, our jobs are to call donors to action and to influence others.
To do this, we must connect the dots and help others understand what their time and money can accomplish because they chose our organizations as agents of change.
Here, Graninger outlines several key points to consider when planning a marketing campaign.
The newly-elected Virginia legislature is convening in Richmond beginning January 12th to address the Commonwealth's continuing revenue challenges, including many issues that will affect nonprofits. Every area of state and local services will be on the table for review and possible reductions in funding. Public hearings will be held around the state this Thursday on the Governor's proposed budget amendments. Read the official press release for all the details.
Compare four free and open source systems (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone) that can help you build and manage a website. Includes a feature summary and detailed reviews, as well as a directory of consultants.
Whether you are dealing with a prospective donor, a board member, the person sitting next to you at a networking luncheon, or your new mother-in-law, you need to now how to effectively engage people. Check out this post for great advice on how to strike up meaningful and memorable conversations.
Not all board members need to be familiar with financial terms and concepts, but each organization needs to develop a clear and explicit agreement for how financial accountability will be ensured. Consider this article that serves as a starting point for an agreement that the board and staff can make to ensure a partnership for accountability.
Without sound management practices, even the most successful nonprofit will be unable to sustain, let alone increase, its impact over time. How can visionary nonprofits make the critical transition to stronger management?
For an organization and its volunteers to benefit the most from each other, volunteers should be managed as part of an overall, systematic program, somewhat similar to the systematic approach that should be used to managing employees. Take some time to read through this toolkit, which presents a wide variety of perspectives and materials about volunteer management programs and systems.
In an environment where multiple organizations are chasing the same dollars, sponsors and volunteers, standing out among the crowd is critical to success. This article outlines a number of simple and affordable solutions to differentiate your organization and effectively reach your target audience.
As difficult as it is to hire a good accountant, hiring an incompetent or incompatible person is even worse. Review these FAQs on hiring accountants for nonprofits, including what to do if you're having an impossible time of it.
As complex as planned giving conversations with donors can be, the marketing of these programs can be made simpler by following some basic guidelines. Check out seven highly effective, tried-and-true techniques.