Discipline Is Beautiful
November 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Being disciplined to work out your plan is the absolute key to major gift success. Conversely, it’s the downfall of many major gift fundraisers. At Veritus, we know that introducing a disciplined approach to major gifts will lead to deeper relationships with donors, higher retention rates, lower value attrition rates and much more revenue...

It’s Tax-Deductible—So What?
November 15, 2017 at 11:40 am

If passed this week, the new Republican tax legislation will “simplify” the tax code and increase the standard deduction; thereby reducing the number of people who itemize their taxes...

Meeting Preparation Leads to Successful Opportunities
November 10, 2017 at 10:55 am

Several years ago, I was asked to be part of a meeting between a nonprofit and a significant business in the community. At first glance, one would expect that the nonprofit did not have the total resources it needed for success. The business the nonprofit was soliciting had tremendous resources, plus community clout. I was just asked to attend and observe...

Are They Coachable?
November 3, 2017 at 8:54 am

Especially if you are looking at a chief development officer position, will the CEO, your peers and the board listen to you? Do they understand that fundraising is an established profession with educational programs, professional associations (that you should be connected with) and an established body of best practices?...

Small or Big? You Make the Choice
November 2, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Whether you’re a one-person charity or a multinational nonprofit, the question of whether to go “big” or stay “small” is always there. Make the smart choice, and you’ll soar. Guess wrong, and you’ll be stuck in the doldrums—or worse...

3 Essential Ingredients to Recruit and Retain Top Nonprofit Talent
November 1, 2017 at 10:20 am

Not too long ago, I got into a conversation with an executive director who brought up the survey that was published by Guidestar and Nonprofit HR. He recently graduated with a Master's in organizational development, and he genuinely wanted to see if he could recruit and retain top talent at his nonprofit organization with his newfound knowledge and expertise...

Get to Know Your Volunteers as Individuals
October 31, 2017 at 10:24 am

People volunteer for many different reasons, which mean they also have different motivations for lending a hand. Regardless of the reason, if someone is willing to lend their time and talents to your organization, you should take the time to get to know them as individuals…

4 Keys to Designing Better Surveys
October 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm

If you want to prove a point, nothing is better than a survey. You can, as you likely know, get any result you want by positioning the questions carefully. Today, it’s easy for anyone to put together and send out a survey using tools like SurveyMonkey...

Are There Too Many Nonprofit Organizations in the US?
October 20, 2017 at 11:44 am

The 2017 calendar year has been a very interesting year for me. It seems that I have contacted more prospects and made a larger number of asks than in recent memory. That said, I have also received greater numbers of refusals from an array of individuals, corporations and foundations...