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Is Your Nonprofit an Excellent Place to Work?
March 16, 2018 at 12:50 pm

How often do you think about your current job and look back on your nonprofit organizational stops? I suggest you do an analysis on this area, especially if you have many jobs ahead of you. If you spend at least a third of each day at work, I assume you would like to enjoy the daily experience...

DCCC Tops $50M in Online Fundraising for 2018 Midterms
March 13, 2018 at 11:34 am

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week crossed the $50 million threshold in online fundraising for the 2018 election cycle, more than doubling its 2016 pace ahead of the party's push to take control of the House in November's midterm elections. The figure far outpaces the House Democratic campaign arm's previous records. It topped $50…

Anatomy of a Great Major Gift Job Description
March 12, 2018 at 11:07 am

Today, I want to get positive and practical, and talk about the anatomy of a great major gift job description. You may find these suggestions simple—and that’s fine. One thing for sure, they are not simplistic; a good job description is complex and serious, but that does not mean it needs to be long and detailed...

Section 1031 and Done: New Opportunities for Charities
March 6, 2018 at 11:43 am

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act that went into effect on Jan. 1 contains sweeping changes to the entire tax system. Corporate, personal and estate taxes have been revamped entirely, and practitioners are scrambling to adapt to the new regime and to provide the “right” advice for their clients...

Innovairre to Invest $4.85M to Expand Operations in Bedford County
February 28, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Innovairre Communications, a global manufacturer of direct mail fundraising campaign materials for the nonprofit community, will invest $4.85 million to add state-of-the-art digital printing equipment and expand its operations in Bedford County.

3 Things to Help You Be a Happy, Healthy Nonprofit Leader
February 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Studies show that nonprofit organization executives have an increased susceptibility to over-extend themselves, especially if their idea of a personal mission aligns with the mission of their organization. The irony? The leader feels like he or she is doing the right thing by giving too much of themselves for the organization, but is hurting the organization by burning themselves out prematurely...

Transformational Fundraising Campaigns
February 27, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Large-scale problems demand large-scale solutions. In order to dramatically improve outcomes for the constituents and communities they serve, nonprofits are increasingly expanding their thinking and vision to tackle problems they might have deemed beyond their reach five or 10 years ago...

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...