Executive Issues

Wanted: More Curiosity
December 9, 2016 at 9:52 am

Curiosity has arguably been the catalyst for virtually every significant discovery and innovation known to man. Curiosity led one man to a new world. It was the motivation behind another man’s decision to fly a kite during an electrical storm. And it was a curiosity for typefaces that resulted in one of the most innovative…

5 Fundraising Trends That Aren't Going Away in 2017
December 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

I’ve never been strong at prediction—I suppose just keeping up with what’s happening today consumes all my brain capacity. But recently, I’ve been thinking about five things that are impacting fundraising in specific and nonprofits in general. These aren’t going to go away no matter what happens in Washington, D.C., so I challenge you to think about them as you plan how you will make 2017 your best fundraising year possible...

New York Leads All States in Number of Nonprofit Jobs
December 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

New York ranked No. 1 in nonprofit jobs and organizations in 2012, and the sector withstood the recession in 2009, a report Wednesday said. In 2012, the most recent data reviewed, 18 percent of all private-sector employment in the state was from the nonprofit sector, the report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said. That year,…

Is Nonprofit Journalism the Answer to the Media's Woes?
December 7, 2016 at 9:39 am

With public distrust in the news media at an all-time high and a president-elect who heavily criticizes flagship media outlets as biased and corrupt, it may seem like dark days are ahead for American journalism. But even as journalism looks ahead to regain the public’s trust, there's some hope. Many outlets, including The Washington Post,…

10 Interview Questions for Hiring an Executive Director
December 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

Over the past year, I’ve coached several gifted individuals who interviewed for executive director positions, and I can tell you that many nonprofits handle these interviews poorly. They don’t ask the right questions or they don’t really know what they’re looking for. Frankly, it’s not surprising. Usually, board members conduct executive director interviews, but most…

5 Small Tips for Big Nonprofit Growth
November 22, 2016 at 9:31 am

The vast majority of nonprofits may be small, but even the big guys had to start somewhere. And it’s no accident they got so big. Growth is attainable—especially if you know where to start (and you’re willing to get your hands dirty). Here are five ideas for growing your nonprofit...

What Happens When a Nonprofit Leader Steps Down?
November 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

Thirty years is a long time to devote to any pursuit, and Karen Cragnolin, the oft-honored founding mother of RiverLink, can attest to that. During that time, she says she held every job in the organization, and was planning to finally move on this year when, during surgery, she suffered an aneurysm that robbed her…

Know What You Don't Know: 7 Things Problem-Finders Do
November 18, 2016 at 9:10 am

Because many nonprofit leaders do not take the time to thoroughly examine their organizations' management, small mistakes happen often—and large disasters are just around the corner. Here are some skills and techniques to help us recognize problems before they occur, and build a culture to address them...

What Does the Election Mean for Nonprofits?
November 9, 2016 at 11:04 am

No matter your politics, one thing is certain: The role of philanthropy in education, social services, health care and nonprofits across the board will be greater than ever. It will take years to see where government is headed and if that direction is effective. And in the meantime there remains significant challenges and issues to address...

Motivate Nonprofit Board Members to Play 'Follow the Leader'
November 9, 2016 at 8:00 am

Human beings are, first and foremost, social creatures. We use the brains of others to think for us, and as storage space for our knowledge about the world. For folks considering whether and how to get involved with any nonprofit, what leadership is saying and doing will have a big impact. That's why you need to motivate nonprofit board members to be influencers...