Executive Issues

10 Reasons to Attend the NonProfit PRO Leadership Conference
May 15, 2017 at 10:35 am

It’s just about that time of the year. We are officially two days away from the annual NonProfit PRO Leadership Conference, and honestly, we could not be more excited. We not only have an impressive line-up of speakers—who just happen to be some of the most prominent thought leaders in our industry—but we also have some great activities throughout the day!...

Alienate Your Major Donor and You'll Lose Money
May 15, 2017 at 10:18 am

The CEO sought advice from her board members and business advisors on a critical organizational decision she needed to make, got the advice then promptly ignored it and did what she wanted. This always amazes me...

NPP Leadership Speaker Profile: Paul D’Alessandro
May 12, 2017 at 10:35 am

Do you want to learn more about engagement and revenue? I think it’s something we’d all like to learn about. I don’t know if there is such a thing as too much engagement or too much revenue. In the nonprofit sector, it’s never enough—especially when you’re going all-in for a cause you care...

Development Success Depends Upon Prospect Research!
May 12, 2017 at 10:22 am

At some point, you need to engage a development committee, key administration and community volunteers to review prospect research data and apply this data to develop a strategy for each prospect. The public information gleaned from wealth tools is a starting point...

Fundraising Is Sales; Ask These Questions
May 11, 2017 at 11:12 am

Have you ever heard that quote in the title? If not, you might want to brush up on your sales skills. It could be the difference between getting a donation or not. Let’s set the record straight, I’m not diminishing fundraising as just “sales.” I’m elevating sales as a process and technique to help us be more successful in our fundraising...

NPP Leadership Speaker Profile: David Acup and Kira Marchenese
May 11, 2017 at 10:49 am

Our market is changing, isn’t it? Not to say print is dead, but our industry has entered the digital era where almost everything is available electronically and new technologies are popping up like dandelions! To thrive in this new environment, we need to be adaptable—to always be able to acclimate to the changing market...

Are Nonprofits Hypocritical?
May 11, 2017 at 10:39 am

In every way they can, nonprofits make the "ask." The message is: We help people. We mend the holes in the social safety net. We educate. We feed. We shelter. We care. But do they? Or do they, by the nature of their funding, contribute a bit to the tearing of that net? Nonprofits are notorious for paying low salaries...

5 Red Flags Every Nonprofit Board Member Should Watch For
May 10, 2017 at 10:48 am

Nonprofit board members have a lot on their plate. Some are more educated and prepared to fill the role due to past board experience or an excellent board orientation and an ongoing education and evaluation program...

NPP Leadership Speaker Profile: Emma Carrasco
May 10, 2017 at 9:48 am

What’s one quality that makes a great marketer (or even a great fundraiser)? You guessed it: Passion. When someone has great passion for something—whether it’s to to aid in wildlife conservation, to end world hunger, to prevent and find treatment for deadly diseases, to advocate women’s equality, to support the LGBT community...