Executive Issues

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…

Out-of-Control Major Gift Events Program
October 16, 2017 at 11:36 am

Tell me what you think is wrong with this picture: There is a major gift officer (MGO) who has a caseload, and he is also charged with doing events for the organization. He has three staff members who work with him on this agenda...

6 Effective Ways to Help Build Risk Leadership at Your Nonprofit
October 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm

No matter the organization, some amount of risk leadership needs to be assumed to move forward and take on new and exciting initiatives. For nonprofits, risk is more complex and takes on another dimension as there is more to lose in terms of social impact and social value. Risk leadership needs to be assumed but…

What Happens When Your Major Gift Officer Leaves?
October 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

Recently, one of our client managers for Veritus told me a story about one of our clients she is working with. When I heard this story, I was not shocked. Richard and I hear this kind of stuff all the time. This happens with major donors, because many nonprofits clearly have no structure in place for their major gift program...

Marketing Metrics for Managers
October 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm

The problem with any single metric is, as either or both of Karl Pearson and Peter Drucker have said, “That which is measured, improves.” My corollary to this is, “What isn’t measured is sacrificed to improve that which is measured.”...

Why It’s Important to Know the Numbers
October 4, 2017 at 12:52 pm

This week, I was having breakfast with an incredible leader. He owns three significant businesses in a metropolitan area and is one of the region’s most respected leaders, fully engaged in the civic affairs and direction. One of his affiliations is with a university. He was sharing with pride the caliber of the university’s current and past presidents and how, while with different leadership styles, they have taken the university to another level...