Why It’s Important to Know the Numbers
October 4, 2017 at 12:52 pm

This week, I was having breakfast with an incredible leader. He owns three significant businesses in a metropolitan area and is one of the region’s most respected leaders, fully engaged in the civic affairs and direction. One of his affiliations is with a university. He was sharing with pride the caliber of the university’s current and past presidents and how, while with different leadership styles, they have taken the university to another level...

What Nonprofits Can Learn From the NFL
September 27, 2017 at 11:43 am

Former NFL Super Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a lone nut. He was the guy who famously took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem before games to protest discrimination and brutality against minorities by police. The events of the past week transformed him from a lone nut into the leader of a movement...

4 Reminders to Prevent Donors From Getting Compassion Fatigue
September 19, 2017 at 10:57 am

Given the recent string of catastrophic events, amplified by nonstop media coverage, you certainly can’t fault people for beginning to feel compassion fatigue. After making personal or workplace donations to charities helping out in Texas, the Caribbean, Florida and elsewhere, it’s understandable that donors might begin to feel worn out...

Giving for Disaster Relief
September 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Because I work for a disaster relief agency that also provides a variety of other important daily services, I am always interested in studying why certain donors only give for disaster relief. On a small sample, I noticed that more than 4,000 of our donors gave for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005, but did not give in subsequent years...

Can Transactional Donors Become Monthly Donors?
September 5, 2017 at 11:07 am

First of all, let me add my thoughts and prayers to those who lost their home and everything else after Hurricane Harvey. And I know we’re not out of the woods yet, with other storms coming near. Fortunately, there are many wonderful experienced organizations on the ground to help the victims. And, of course, fundraising activities have ramped up. People are literally walking in the door with donations...

What Nonprofits Can Learn From Houston
August 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Recently, people throughout the U.S. watched the saga of people using their own small boats to rescue complete strangers. They did so, disregarding their own well being, performing repeated acts of heroism…

The Importance of ‘Real-Time’ Education
August 18, 2017 at 11:09 am

I was fortunate enough to participate in a session of meetings with national community relations/development leaders of The Salvation Army at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University last week. The Salvation Army was meeting with Lilly representatives to discuss a number of issues, including plans for their involvement with a 2018 National Community Relations/Development Conference in Indianapolis, Ind...

Charlottesville: The Art and the Crime of Polarization
August 16, 2017 at 10:55 am

We watched in horror as Charlottesville, Va., erupted into violence this past week. Otis graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 1979. There, he met the Dalai Lama, he met students of diverse backgrounds, he played basketball on a diverse team and he became a Buddhist…

It’s Prime Hurricane Month: Monthly Donors to the Rescue!
August 7, 2017 at 10:06 am

My first experience with a hurricane came in August of 1991, when “Bob” hit Cape Cod. I was actually still in the Netherlands, but I watched video of my then future in-laws wade through chest-high water near their beach house. Power was out for many days. Life came to a screeching halt...

Nonprofits Battle Radical ____ Extremism
July 12, 2017 at 10:56 am

Without a doubt, the best thing about working with nonprofits is the feeling of being involved in their missions—even if the view is from the backseat, rather than riding up front. Each nonprofit client that Turnkey works with has a worthy mission. But every now and then, a nonprofit comes onto our radar that really resonates with us personally...