NonProfit PRO Leadership Conference: 8 Nonprofit Leadership, Board Trends for 2015
Although many of the participants worked at organizations that had rebranded very recently (in the past two years) and weren’t sure what the net gain might be, 50 percent of participants observed an increase in the revenue of their organization since they rebranded. The research also showed that new leadership and a new strategic plan or focus helped.
All of this focus on internal capacity is in the spirit of working smarter, more effectively and toward the mission. In 2015, I hope we also begin to see a greater alignment between technologies (fundraising software, databases, email service providers, marketing automation software) and people, too. The more leadership, staff and technologies are aligned, the more effective nonprofits will be at fundraising, communicating effectively and achieving their missions.
Pamela Barden, consultant, P J Barden Inc.
7. A board of directors that is qualified, engaged, passionate about the mission and committed is essential for nonprofit success. This requires training board members both in the role of a nonprofit board and in the nuances of the organization, communicating, engaging the board regularly and (as staff) being willing to be “directed.” Nonprofits that are led by value-adding boards are a step ahead when it comes to long-term growth.
Wayne Luke, managing partner, nonprofit practice, Witt/Kieffer
8. Identify key philanthropy leadership. In order to bring growth, key qualities for philanthropy leaders in 2015 include experience creating and deploying new programs and identifying and tapping fresh sources of funding. Some of these leaders may be “bridgers” who originate from the for-profit space and are transitioning to not-for-profit organizations with invaluable relationship management, business development, leadership and management experience.
Learn more about nonprofit leadership at the inaugural NonProfit PRO Leadership Conference. Again, the conference takes place May 5 in Washington, D.C. View more details here and register here. Use the promo code NPPNEWS for $50 off the full registration price.