Accountability

How Mobile CRM Helps Your MGOs
June 27, 2017 at 10:40 am

When your major gift officers end their meetings with major donors or prospects, what do you think is the first thing they do? You probably guessed right. Your team member grabs his or her mobile device to check emails and social media. We live in a world that is all about on-demand information...

Head of Vietnam Veteran Charity Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $150K
June 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

The former head of a D.C. charity meant to benefit Vietnam veterans pleaded guilty to wire fraud after embezzling about $150,000, federal prosecutors said. John Thomas Burch, 75, of Alexandria was the president of the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation until last year, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia said in a statement. He…

Back to ‘A, B, C’ Nonprofit Major Gift Program Essentials
June 22, 2017 at 11:07 am

There’s no substitute for the basics, as boring and tedious as they may be. This is true with anything in life, and major gifts development is no exception. The basics are boring, but they’re fundamental to your success...

The ‘Why’ Elevates My Life!
June 21, 2017 at 11:20 am

Most people, businesses and charities that have achieved great success emphasize the why over the what and the how. Of course, the what and the how are a lot easier than the why, but if you properly understand and express your why, people who feel similarly will buy from you or donate to you willingly, regularly and for a very long time...

Fundraisers Are Problem-Solvers
June 21, 2017 at 11:16 am

As development professionals, the level of service and excellence in which your organization delivers its mission impacts us directly. We must be ever-vigilant in observing and being proactive in solving situations...

What Can You Do If Your Monthly Donors’ Payments Are Not Coming In?
June 19, 2017 at 10:56 am

Two weeks ago, I was checking my credit card statement and noticed several iTunes charges on it. The charges were going up in value. Believe it or not, I don’t have an iTunes account, so that was an immediate flag. I called the credit card company right away to dispute the charges. They, of course, canceled my card and sent me a new card...

#NPPTrendingNow: Episode 6
June 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

This week was all about the fundraising ladies. Andrea Kihlstedt shares a story of a gift solicitation gone wrong and lessons learned from it; Marilyn Donnellan gives us five guidelines for a simplified nonprofit strategic planning process; and Tammy Zonker discusses the five donor love languages...

New Technology Platforms Brings Together Foundations, Nonprofits for More Impactful Outcomes
June 15, 2017 at 12:16 pm

When it comes to a nonprofit organization’s mission, relationships are important. It is imperative for nonprofits to use everything at their disposal to reach their mission’s goals. It’s a known fact that technology is constantly evolving. It’s easy to think of technology and relationships as two separate entities, but what if we melded the two together to achieve “the bigger picture”?…

Executive Issues: Half-Truths About Talent Management
June 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm

In this period of fake news and alternative facts, we might feel a bit weary of hearing a term such as “half-truths.” But there is an anonymous quote that approximates what I mean by a half-truth: “Beware of the half-truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half...