Nonprofit Sustainability

Fuel Your Nonprofit’s Annual Contributions Income Engine

In Part 1 of this four-part series I introduced a ‘4-Step Strategy to Cure Your Current Fundraising Headache.’ FORWARD FACE Equilibrium: Balance your fundraising strategies FUEL the Machine: Charge your annual contributions income engine FUMES Provide Accelerant: Prepare for ‘retirement’ FUTURE Proof the Mission: Leave a legacy for generations to [...]

By |2021-09-13T12:46:14-04:00August 24th, 2020|Fundraising, Nonprofit Sustainability|

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 [...]

Due to Current Events Your Nonprofit Has a Back Burner Problem

Time to get your bearings so you don’t lose your way amidst the chaos with your current fundraising strategies. Things are getting tougher. Partly because this doesn’t feel new anymore. The early urge to jump in with both feet to do something – a virtual event, a crisis appeal, a [...]

7 Mission-Driven Practices For Nonprofits to Prevail During the Pandemic

Amidst the country’s ongoing shelter-at-home restrictions, the economy remains in flux, and everything seems very unsure and unstable. It’s hard to watch the evening news without feeling your stomach tighten. You may be feeling like life has gone from a sprint, to a marathon, to a double marathon. And you’re [...]

By |2021-09-09T11:47:42-04:00May 19th, 2020|COVID-19 / Coronavirus, Nonprofit Sustainability|

The Problem with Know-it-All Nonprofit Leadership

Everybody knows them: People who know everything. At least, that’s what they believe.  It’s tempting to ignore these people. Because it seems so hard to change them. But if know-it-alls are leading your nonprofit, you’ve got a serious problem. Because know-it-alls are insecure. That’s why they’re so insistent on taking every opportunity [...]

By |2020-04-24T17:27:03-04:00May 4th, 2020|Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Sustainability|

6 Ways to Stay Motivated as a Fundraiser

What is the toughest job in the world?  …Negotiating with a toddler? …Managing a board of directors? …Running a nonprofit? …Asking people for money? …Being a teacher, paramedic or police officer? Look, they’re all hard. I can personally vouch for the first four. Starting a nonprofit, running a nonprofit or [...]

A Proven Path for Nonprofit Boards from Conflict to Progress

The worry in Howard’s voice came through the phone line. Howard, the board president of a medium-sized arts and culture organization, reached out to us to work with the organization’s board of directors. From the outside, County Theatre Co. was having a banner year, bringing record crowds to its signature [...]

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 [...]

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