Executive Issues

Discipline Is Beautiful
November 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Being disciplined to work out your plan is the absolute key to major gift success. Conversely, it’s the downfall of many major gift fundraisers. At Veritus, we know that introducing a disciplined approach to major gifts will lead to deeper relationships with donors, higher retention rates, lower value attrition rates and much more revenue...

Ignite The Fire at Your Nonprofit with These Simple Strategies
November 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Many nonprofits are stuck. They’re tethered to their early decisions—often made by others who came before them. But times change. Organizations evolve. Or they don’t. The organizations that don’t adapt to changing times are often those that fail to make new decisions. They’re the ones who say, “That’s not how we do things here.” Or […]

Meeting Preparation Leads to Successful Opportunities
November 10, 2017 at 10:55 am

Several years ago, I was asked to be part of a meeting between a nonprofit and a significant business in the community. At first glance, one would expect that the nonprofit did not have the total resources it needed for success. The business the nonprofit was soliciting had tremendous resources, plus community clout. I was just asked to attend and observe...

Small or Big? You Make the Choice
November 2, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Whether you’re a one-person charity or a multinational nonprofit, the question of whether to go “big” or stay “small” is always there. Make the smart choice, and you’ll soar. Guess wrong, and you’ll be stuck in the doldrums—or worse...

Tuning Up Your Board
October 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm

In my first executive director position, I forgot about the board. Chalk it up to inexperience, but I didn’t yet understand how the board could make me a more effective executive, or how they could boost our success. While I met all the technical requirements and complied with the usual responsibilities, in my heart I felt the board was mostly a nuisance...

Diabetes-Focused Nonprofit Is Pushing a New Way to Fund Startups
October 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Type 1 diabetes, a condition that affects 1.25 million Americans, has seen its fair share of scientific advancements in the past few decades as researchers learn more about the disease, which affects the body's ability to monitor blood sugar levels. But at the same time, those advancements haven't necessarily reached patients. So, JDRF the largest funder…

It Is All About the Donor
October 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm

I felt the potential donor’s pain. It was very clear, and their level of frustration high. A friend had long been involved with a college at a major university. Over nearly a decade, the college’s chief development officer had become a good friend to the prospective major donor and their family...

9 Ways Nonprofits Can Increase Community Engagement
October 17, 2017 at 11:11 am

As a nonprofit organization, it is important to be engaged and relevant to the community that you are located in. By becoming an active member in the local area, not only can you increase the recognition of your organization, but you can also meet the people that make up the very community you operate in. These people…