Nonprofit Boards

10 Tips That Will Help You Create an Engaged Nonprofit Board

Depending on who you ask, your board of directors can be the single most important element in determining your organization’s success or failure. As you’ve likely seen within your organization, board experience matters and board engagement should be a top priority. When board members are engaged, they’re more effective in [...]

By |2021-09-24T11:28:50-04:00October 7th, 2021|Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Management|

How to Prepare Donor Data Reports for Your Board Members

Your donors fuel your organization’s work, so it’s crucial to maintain a healthy, thriving base of supporters. A major part of connecting with these individuals and optimizing the giving experience is utilizing the data you collect about their giving trends to inform your future fundraising decisions.  Luckily, ongoing advancements in [...]

By |2021-09-30T15:42:03-04:00October 1st, 2021|Data, Data Management, Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Management|

[ASK AN EXPERT] How Do You Persuade Boards To Scale Back Events In Favor Of More Cost-Effective Fundraising Strategies?

Our Ask An Expert series features real questions answered by Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, our very own Fundraising Coach, also known as Charity Clairity. Today's question comes from a nonprofit employee who wants advice on how to persuade their board to scale back events and focus on fundraising strategies that [...]

By |2021-08-24T10:36:30-04:00September 11th, 2021|Ask An Expert, Fundraising, Fundraising Events, Nonprofit Boards|

A Beginner’s Guide to Throwing a Fundraising Auction: 5 Tips for Item Procurement

This is part one in a fundraising auction two-part series.  When executed properly, a fundraising auction can be an incredibly effective way to raise money for your nonprofit. In this blog post, I’ll cover five tips for nonprofits looking to throw their first auctions and how you can start planning [...]

Solving the Donor Retention Rate Issue: The Case for Creating a Board-level Donor Thank You Committee

Do you know your organization’s donor retention rate? I’d bet not.  According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2020 Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP), only 43.6% of the donors who made a gift in 2019 made another gift in 2020. That means more than half of donors who made a gift [...]

Avoiding Unconscious Confirmation Bias In The Nonprofit Workplace

What is unconscious confirmation biasing? The term is defined as one group holding social stereotypes about certain other groups outside of any conscious awareness. It’s unintentional group think, a mixture of both seeking out conclusions which confirm what we already believe to be true and letting unconscious preconceptions direct how [...]

By |2021-07-08T12:59:52-04:00July 15th, 2021|Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Sector|

How To Fix Dismal Nonprofit Board Engagement With Financial Reports

7% nonprofit board engagement is not enough! Do your nonprofit’s financial reports speak to the full board? Can everyone in management engage with them and understand key information? If your financial reports don’t go beyond numbers on a page, then they exclude almost all your leaders.   Fortunately, you can start [...]

By |2021-06-28T14:27:17-04:00July 9th, 2021|Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Finance, Nonprofit Management|
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