Executive Issues

Improve Your Fundraising With These ‘P-Lettered’ Concepts
June 30, 2017 at 9:36 am

To be the best professional you can be, always strive to improve your memory and acquire new learning concepts. I have found that letter association helps me create lists around concepts. Whatever letter you use, letter association should help you in your quest to cluster concepts...

Fundraisers: Be Systematic in Your Efforts
June 29, 2017 at 11:18 am

When you’re evaluating of the effectiveness of a fundraising program, you often have to look no farther than the internal language being used by the staff and volunteers who execute that program. Professional jargon is an unfortunate occurrence in just about any profession...

#NPPTrendingNow Ep. 7: Benefits of Gift Range Charts
June 23, 2017 at 9:28 am

Our blogging ladies are back again this week with some fantastic fundraising advice. The top trending articles this week were about the benefits of gift range charts, philanthropic myths and stalled monthly donor payments...

A Day in the Life (of a Nonprofit Pro)
June 23, 2017 at 9:12 am

I love the Beatles and heard the song, “A Day in the Life,” the other day. This song, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, was released in 1967 on the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band” album. The song title inspired me to write this blog post about a day in my life as a not-for-profit pro...

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...

How Asking for Less Will Get You More
June 21, 2017 at 11:30 am

Most of us can identify with this experience: Agreeing to help out with a project or an organization, ending up more involved than we intended and vowing to say “no” to future requests. And yet, here I am, year after year, running tickets for Hot Times, Holy Enchilada and the other games of chance. The truth is, I fell prey to a technique we subscribe to at Turnkey to help our clients raise more money for their various missions...

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...

Paving the Way: Executive of the Year
June 20, 2017 at 11:26 am

Before February 2013, the museum’s operating budget was in the negative and the educational programs were stagnant. Since her appointment to executive director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Alice Estrada has successfully developed and executed a bold new vision for the expansion of the museum’s facilities, exhibits and programs...

How to Use Automation to Keep Nonprofit Employees from Burning Out
June 20, 2017 at 10:51 am

Tedious, unimpactful, busywork is enough to burn anyone out in any industry. Sadly, it comes with the territory for any career, job or project. Sometimes, before you can do the work you love, you have to take care of certain responsibilities, whether we like it or not. In the nonprofit world, that problem is exacerbated. Why?...

4 Philanthropy Myths That Need Busting
June 19, 2017 at 11:10 am

As development professionals, we come across many misconceptions about our profession and the nonprofit sector that dilute the power of philanthropy. By casting fundraisers in a negative light, myths prevent giving and deter qualified people from joining our industry as professional fundraisers...