Staffing & Human Resources

5 Myths That Perpetuate Nonprofit Burnout
November 1, 2016 at 10:06 am

I have worked in nonprofits for 15 years—longer if you count volunteering throughout high school and college. I’ve been powering through burnout with full awareness for my entire career. But this year, at age 35, something snapped. I literally found I couldn’t work anymore—physical symptoms, compounded by stress, forced me to take medical leave. Reading…

10 Tips for Surviving Capital Campaign Stress
October 31, 2016 at 9:37 am

Even if you’re not in the middle of a capital campaign, fundraising boosts your adrenaline. And if you are in capital campaign mode, the stress is even higher. Here are 10 suggestions for taking care of yourself. These are things you can do to boost your energy and morale, even as you live through the everyday anxiety of fundraising...

Feeling Overwhelmed? Try This
October 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

Oh boy do I get it. Trust me. The No. 1 reason people burn out in any job is that they’re constantly feeling overwhelmed. It’s the source of so much that’s negative in our day-to-day lives. And for those of us in the nonprofit sector? The level of intensity and sense of urgency is just…

The Value of Taking Mini-Breaks During the Nonprofit Work Day
October 18, 2016 at 10:15 am

Last week, I was in London teaching social media strategy workshops for London NGOs organized by Social Media Misfits and keynoted Institute of Fundraising’s Future of Fundraising Conference. The workshops took place in different locations, including LinkedIn Headquarters in the UK; Georgia; and a co-working space called Second Home, a creative co-working space and cultural…

How Much Less Do Nonprofit CEOs Get Paid Than For-Profit CEOs?
October 18, 2016 at 9:56 am

Nonprofit CEOs may play an invaluable role in changing the world, but they still make less than their for-profit counterparts. The average nonprofit CEO makes a little more than $120,000 a year, according to the 2016 Charity CEO Compensation Study by Charity Navigator. The exact figure is $123,362, taken from an analysis of tax filings…

Use the Wall Exercise to See Your Direct Marketing Program More Clearly
October 18, 2016 at 9:25 am

Last week, I had the pleasure of talking to someone who runs one of the largest direct marketing programs in the nonprofit industry. This program is not just massive from a revenue perspective, but also from a complexity perspective. Running this program is a large job. So, I asked how she manages to keep her finger on everything. She told me about the "wall exercise"...

'What Good Does a Major Gift Officer Do?'
October 17, 2016 at 10:11 am

If you find yourself in the discussion of new money or “what have you done for me lately, major gift officer,” then, hopefully, the content of this post will be helpful to you. If nothing else, I hope it will serve as a reminder to seriously value the good donors who are currently in your care. They are good people who have made a commitment to you. They deserve your careful attention, respect and love. Let me explain...

New Overtime Rules: 3 Questions and 5 Suggestions for Nonprofits
October 6, 2016 at 11:50 am

New federal overtime rules take effect Dec. 1, 2016, and compliance with these rules is mandatory for for-profit and nonprofit employers alike. Among other things, the rules mandate that full-time, salaried employees who are paid less than $47,476 per year must now be paid overtime. 
This can certainly place financial stress on nonprofits already staring down general funding cuts or those whose fiscal-year budgets already are in place...

Chief Development, Marketing Officers Cage Match Yields Department Restructure
October 5, 2016 at 11:37 am

Recently I met with a client—one of the top 10 health care nonprofits in the U.S. I asked for a meeting with its marketing and donor acquisition staffs. Much to my surprise, this was the first time this group had been brought together in the same room. At another client, recently an entire layer of the marketing department had been released, with new personnel being brought into the development department to do marketing....

Nonprofit Groups Attract CFOs From For-Profit Companies
October 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

As a former finance chief of four public companies, including mortgage giant Fannie Mae, David Johnson knows about investments. “When I think about investment, I immediately think about hurdle rates, return on investment and return on equity,” he said. At International Rescue Committee, the refugee-aid charity that Johnson joined last March, the term investments refers…