“The Virus Made Us Do It” – Avoid These 5 Myths to Succeed with Organizational Change

Whether your organization’s work life has been stay-at-home and online or essential workers taking temperatures with protective gear, or a mix of both, COVID-19 has brought change and there’s no end in sight to making adjustments as we gradually return.   How should nonprofits manage their COVID-19 changes? How can they [...]

Change Isn’t Constant, It’s Required

"The only constant is change." How cliché and how true! Everyone and everything encounter change. Nonprofits experience this regularly with turnover on their Board of Directors, new executive leadership, collaborations and partnerships…and during a global pandemic. While some changes come with plenty of planning and strategy, not every time offers [...]

Why You Need Culture of Philanthropy as a Management System

I once had a boss who insisted employee morale didn’t matter. She even sent me articles from Harvard Business Review purporting to prove this (if you read them closely, they didn’t).  Her insistence on this was directly related to her management style.  Top down.  Holding information close to the vest.  [...]

By |2020-04-22T15:55:51-04:00March 10th, 2020|Nonprofit Culture, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy|

[ASK AN EXPERT] Tips for EDs Hiring Their First Fundraiser

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 an executive director who is looking for advice on hiring their first development staff member. Dear Charity Clairity, I’m an executive director [...]

By |2020-06-15T09:30:12-04:00February 7th, 2020|Ask An Expert, Nonprofit Culture, Nonprofit Management|

No Really, What is a ‘Donor-Centric Culture’?

A donor-centric culture is the essence of a highly effective nonprofit organization, driving its operations and fundraising. Donor-centricity is more than an industry buzzword, it’s a way of being, a way of operating. But what exactly is a donor-centric culture and how can your organization develop it? Simply stated, a [...]

Improving Nonprofit Team Culture Through LOVE

It’s not personal, it’s business. It’s not about you, it’s about our goals. It’s not about getting along, it’s about getting the job done. These are all interesting phrases I’ve heard thrown around in the living rooms of leaders...aka...the conference room. These are the phrases leaders like to use to [...]

[FREE DOWNLOAD] Nonprofit Culture of Philanthropy Checklist

Do you have a culture of philanthropy at your nonprofit? You either do or you don’t. There’s no in-between. All it takes To destroy your nonprofit's reputation as a force of goodness in the world is: One rude receptionist. One program staffer who doesn’t return phone calls promptly. One harried [...]

6 Secrets to Improve Your Nonprofit Culture

Nonprofits tend to wring their hands a lot about fundraising.  We don’t have enough. It’s so difficult. Our board won’t help. Our staff isn’t sufficiently skilled. It’s so distasteful. It’s a necessary evil. We have more important things to do with our resources.  All of this hand-wringing comes from a [...]

6 Reasons Why Your Donor Stewardship Problem Is An Internal Culture Problem

Hey. You care about keeping your donors. That’s why you’re on the Bloomerang blog, right? You want more ideas about how to get donors to stay with you. I want you to keep your donors too. Do you even know what your donor retention rate is? Here’s how to calculate [...]

Therapy Session for Nonprofit Staff: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

Are your development operations set up for success? Is the program team at war with development? Does communications get treated like a service fulfillment department by everyone else? Are major gifts and direct mail fighting over donors or who gets credit? Are donors treated like ATMs? Do you have a [...]

By |2020-04-22T15:57:25-04:00November 8th, 2018|Nonprofit Culture, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, Self-Care|