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6 Ways to Pay Your Volunteers (Even When You Can't Pay Them)
February 22, 2018 at 10:50 am

Like many others in the charitable sector, your nonprofit organization is probably heavily dependent on volunteers. Those people freely give their time, and some of them may be so talented and dedicated that you wish there were money in the budget to make them full-time, paid members of the team. Fortunately, there are numerous ways you can show gratitude for your volunteers, even without giving them money...

4 Volunteer Management Best Practices of 2018
February 20, 2018 at 11:19 am

Volunteer management best practices have changed as volunteer expectations and the reach of nonprofit organizations evolve. That said, the ultimate goal has always been, and will always be, to provide great experiences to volunteers and impact the community in an organized and efficient way...

How to Recruit the Right Volunteers For Your Capital Campaign
February 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Because the goals are high, capital campaigns feel risky. And few people want to be associated with something they fear might not be successful. So you have to take great care in building confidence right from the start. And that starts with getting the right people on board...

6 Reasons Why Most Major Gift Job Descriptions Don’t Work
February 19, 2018 at 11:53 am

Most major gift officer job descriptions have everything in them, but the kitchen sink. And besides being really irritating, it actually hurts the MGO and what the organization is trying to do in major gifts...

Corporate Volunteer Grants 101: A Beginner’s Guide
February 15, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Although it’s tempting at times to think of the nonprofit and the business worlds as completely separate, they actually rely on each other in a number of significant ways. In a socially conscious age, businesses genuinely want to support good work in their communities to be rewarded with positive public image...

Think Hiring Experts Is Expensive? Try Amateurs
February 13, 2018 at 12:16 pm

A job listing recently came across my desk for the chief marketing officer at a major nonprofit who will remain nameless. My eye dropped to the requirements for the position: a bachelor’s degree—not even specifically in marketing or communications...

5 Fundraising Tips for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders
February 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm

The ongoing quest for funding can often feel like navigating a psychological minefield of cultural complexities and politics. Indeed, there were times I felt completely in the dark during the first few years that I was trying to get our ocean nonprofit Beneath the Waves off the ground and evolve from a small, grassroots organization.…

Tax Reform Tosses Nonprofits $1M Quandary
February 6, 2018 at 12:23 pm

The recent reform of the U.S. tax code has been lauded in many circles, but it has left some nonprofits reeling and facing potentially large excise taxes. For tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, tax-exempt organizations face a 21 percent excise tax on executive compensation that is above $1 million, prompting intense chatter among some nonprofits worried about hefty tax bills...

It Takes a Great Leader: CEOs Can Make or Break Nonprofit Organizations
February 6, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Nonprofits are a positive part of many people’s lives, whether they are clients in need of services, donors giving to organizations or volunteers participating in the mission. While most of us have had favorable relationships with nonprofit organizations, unfortunately, many of us can also cite frustrations with them...

It’s Time to Move From ‘Bored’ to Stimulating Board Meetings
February 2, 2018 at 11:30 am

I was recently asked to make a presentation at a hospital foundation’s board of directors meeting. The foundation executive director wanted me to speak on how to engage his board members in fundraising. I truly enjoy teaching and speaking to groups, so I was prepared. The secondary benefit for me in meeting with this group was to watch the executive director interact with his board chair and board members and see how the meeting was directed...

Be Brief and Compelling
February 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Today’s Associated Press Style, used by most journalists and professional communicators, seeks to abbreviate copy and save valuable space—whether in print or online—knowing that readership and comprehension both increase with brevity....

Nature Valley, National Park Foundation Announce Partnership
February 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Nature Valley granola bars, a long-standing advocate of the preservation of national parks in the U.S., has announced a partnership with National Park Foundation. The newly established partnership includes a three-year commitment and a donation of up to $3 million from Nature Valley...

Nonprofit Board Liabilities: What Are the Legal Responsibilities of Your Board?
January 31, 2018 at 1:18 pm

If you’ve ever worked or have been associated with volunteer leadership at a nonprofit board, then you are probably aware of a situation that can expose individuals to legal jeopardy. One of the most essential aspects of serving on a board and having board members is to ensure that everyone has an understanding for their legal and fiduciary obligations. Unfortunately, many do not realize that ignorance of the law is not a defense... 

Overcoming Board Challenges: 4 Key CEO Annual Performance Indicators
January 30, 2018 at 11:37 am

The annual performance review date has come and gone as our board acted like deer in the headlights. We can’t really understand what to assess. And, to be honest, some board members who don’t really like or trust our executive only want to assess the behaviors and personality they dislike. What to do?...

2 Keys to Improving Nonprofit Leadership
January 25, 2018 at 12:11 pm

There are some fantastic leaders in our nonprofit arena—CEOs, chief development officers and beyond. There are also some leaders who are underperforming and too often get passed from organization to organization...

The Right Stuff That Makes a Nonprofit Executive Successful
January 19, 2018 at 12:08 pm

If you intend to make a career in the nonprofit sector, seek to constantly have the right stuff. Also, be aware that “the right stuff” constantly changes and you must be proactive instead of being reactive. The dynamics of the nonprofit sector continue to evolve internally and externally in your world...

New Tax Law: How Worried Should Your Nonprofit Be?
January 12, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Tax benefits are icing on the philanthropy cake. What to do when the icing is melting? First, the good news. The sky is not falling. Human beings have given long before the existence of charitable deductions.  Human beings are generous. They like being helpful. They like making a difference. They like doing the right thing.…

Volunteer Retention: 3 Strategies for 2018
January 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Volunteer retention is as important going into 2018 as it has ever been before. Volunteer behavior is changing and supporters want to be engaged in exchange for their time. What strategies is your nonprofit deploying to keep volunteers coming back? How is your organization measuring volunteer impact and communicating with your volunteer base?...

A Big Pharma-Funded Charity Sues the Government
January 9, 2018 at 10:41 am

A charity that helps patients pay for expensive prescription drugs is suing the federal government over what it alleges are unlawful federal restrictions that put a “stranglehold” on its ability to communicate with donors—which happen to be pharmaceutical companies that sell expensive drugs. Patient-assistance charities have become a mainstay of drug companies’ efforts to ensure patients can afford…