Nonprofit Sector

New Year’s Resolutions for the Charitable Sector – A Call to Action

I’m not normally a fan of New Year’s resolutions. They unnecessarily pressure people and create unrealistic goals. For the last 40 years I have avoided setting New Year’s resolutions for myself but after the dumpster-fire that was 2020 I’m compelled to make a resolution – to become a bigger and [...]

Too Much Teamwork: Is Collaboration Burning Out Your Nonprofit Team?

Teamwork is all the rage right now. It's often touted as an organizational value, a key to productivity, and a criterion used to hire, reward, and promote. But there's an unpleasant and unproductive flipside to collaboration that deserves discussion. In short, too much teamwork might be burning out your best [...]

By |2020-12-16T16:47:03-05:00December 29th, 2020|Nonprofit Culture, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Sector|

A Holiday Movie Lesson for Nonprofits

One of the movies my family watched every year at Christmas growing up was Miracle on 34th Street. If you aren’t familiar with the film, it centers around a new gentleman, Kris Kringle, taking on the job of mall Santa at Macy’s one Christmas season. He claims to be the [...]

By |2020-12-23T08:46:54-05:00December 25th, 2020|Nonprofit Sector|

Why The Nonprofit Sector Needs to Talk About Sexual Harassment

On November 26, 2020, the second annual National Day of Conversation (NDOC) took place in Canada. This virtual day of conversation was founded in 2019 by me and my co-founder Wanda Deschamps to raise awareness about sexual harassment of fundraisers in the charitable sector.  In 2018, the Association of Fundraising [...]

5+ Reasons Why Targeting Black Donors Helps Black Communities (And Your Nonprofit!)

Black Gives Back.  According to a study by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, black people give 25% more of their income than their white counterparts. We are, hands down, the largest group of givers in our country… and yet, we don’t see recognition in the media. Rather than realizing how generous [...]

Nonprofit Strategic Planning in a New Era

2020 has been a year for the ages. Not only are we dealing with a global pandemic, but also civil unrest, a shrinking economy, partisan politics, and environmental disasters, leading to uncertainty about 2021. Not only does this create unease in our personal lives, but also professionally, and across all [...]

Fundraising Conferences Need More Practitioner Presentations – Why Not You?

At many fundraising conferences, attendees say they would like to hear more from their peers sharing what works for them on the ground, in the trenches. The voices of practitioners are often under-represented on the roster. As a practitioner who has spoken many times at fundraising conferences and events, I’d [...]

By |2020-09-04T07:46:44-04:00September 4th, 2020|Nonprofit Careers, Nonprofit Conferences, Nonprofit Sector|

7 Self-Care Tips for Nonprofit Professionals

Prior to the pandemic, nonprofit professionals were often guilty of treating self-care as a low priority, with no thought for self-care tips. With many of us suddenly finding ourselves working from home earlier this year, additional challenges arose to taking care of oneself to be able to effectively serve others. [...]

A Tale of Two Worlds: Should I Start a Socially Responsible Business or a Nonprofit?

Perhaps the most challenging concept for corporations to implement is that of “Corporate social responsibility.” This is a corporation's willingness and ability to be socially responsible and help the community – both the local community they serve as well as more marginalized global communities.  The concept of philanthropy however is [...]

Here Be Dragons – How Nonprofits Can Deal With Risk & Uncertainty

It’s hard to imagine a time before GPS and Google Maps, even back before the days of those AAA maps for long car rides. But before automobiles and trains or Trans-Atlantic flight, cartography was as much a mystery as it was science. In 150, Ptolemy’s Geographia warned of mythical characters [...]

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