One Simple Exercise Led To The Best Nonprofit Board Meeting Ever

After attending nonprofit board meetings for the last 30 years with organizations ranging from brand new 501c3’s to larger established ones, it surprises me to say that the best board meeting I ever attended was my first board meeting ever. It was a cold Saturday in January. The organization was [...]

By | 2018-02-14T20:42:11+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Nonprofit Boards, Strategic Planning, Nonprofit Sustainability|

3 Important Reasons To Review Your Nonprofit’s Bylaws

A dear friend by the name of Kent Stroman recently authored and published what I consider a must-read book for every nonprofit CEO and Board Member: “The Intentional Board - Why Your Board Doesn’t Work and How to Fix It.” Kent covers so much extraordinary ground regarding board governance. However, [...]

By | 2017-10-09T19:07:43+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Sustainability|

Why You Should Consider Multiple-Year Pledges for your Annual Gift Asks

Multiple-year pledges have traditionally been used as a payment tool for large gifts for unrestricted use, capital needs, or endowment, allowing donors the flexibility to spread their gift over multiple tax years, for example. But multiple-year pledges for an annual gift have traditionally been regarded as a bad idea, either [...]

By | 2017-09-26T16:13:26+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Fundraising, Nonprofit Sustainability, Fundraising Events|

Charitable Solicitation in the Digital Age: Determining Your Fundraising “Footprint”

When you send letters out to a mailing list, it’s easy to define your charitable solicitation registration “footprint,” the territory where you are soliciting funds. The zip codes and states are included on the list! But what about when you send an email greeting to your newsletter subscribers? Or post [...]

By | 2017-09-22T08:58:14+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Fundraising, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Sustainability|

3 Takeaways from the 2017 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey

So many thoughts jumped to life as I perused the 2017 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey results. This report, which has been produced annually by Nonprofit HR since 2007, includes responses from 420 nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada. The survey results contained in the report reflect below-passing-grades in almost every [...]

Want to Report on Impact to Donors? Start With Common Results!

A recent article in the GuideStar Newsletter recapping lessons learned from the first year of their Platinum Level status and the status being achieved by more than 2,200 charities is a victory for those who believe there is far more than overhead percentages to consider when the judging worthiness of [...]

Avoid Fundraising Compliance Penalties and Raise More Money

The world of nonprofit organizations is filled with wonder and possibility. Passionate individuals with ideas of how they might benefit their community are inspired to launch nonprofit organizations and make those dreams a reality. With a few well-placed fundraising requests and some impactful programs, the possibilities are endless, aren’t they? [...]