Staffing & Human Resources

The Right Way to Run Meetings
November 4, 2016 at 9:39 am

I asked a few readers to tell me why they hated meetings. Here’s one: I have a quarterly meeting with a funder. I travel 250 miles to get there. When I get there, it’s clear that no one has read the report I spent hours putting together. I essentially recite the report and then travel…

What Does Your Dream Organization Look Like?
November 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

The other day, I was thinking about what the perfect resource-development job is like. In this complex society and profession, there are many moving parts in play. In my mind, however, I thought, "Wouldn’t our jobs be easier if we created our own organizational vision of the perfect nonprofit organization?" Here's what my dream organization would look like...

The Nonprofit CEO: Collaborator-in-Chief
November 3, 2016 at 10:49 am

Our sector seeks to achieve impact at scale on some of society’s greatest and most persistent challenges. For today’s nonprofit CEO, the key to success is collaboration—striking a balance between making decisions from the middle and leading from the front. Nonprofit CEOs who do this effectively see their organizations accomplish their missions. We need more CEOs like that...

Study: Nonprofits Spending More on Staff, Adding Volunteer Hours
November 1, 2016 at 10:16 am

According to "The Nonprofit Almanac, 2016: The Essential Facts and Figures for Managers, Researchers and Volunteers," updated and released by the Urban Institute, growth in the sector occurred mostly in the health care and social assistance sectors, which include hospitals, mental health centers, crisis hotlines, blood centers, soup kitchens, senior centers and similar organizations. That…

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"...