Ethics/Accountability

Nonprofit Governance Is Not Intuitive
October 14, 2019 at 7:00 am

Few folks are “born” to be the volunteer leadership of a nonprofit, never mind the leader of the volunteers who are governing.

Why Cybersecurity Should Be On Your Nonprofit’s Radar
September 24, 2019 at 12:21 pm

There's a growing concern for the nonprofit industry in how unprepared organizations are right now for defending against cyberattacks. Are you taking your organization's cybersecurity seriously?

To Publish or Not to Publish?
September 12, 2019 at 10:59 am

Nonprofits face unique challenges when communicating their impact to donors. We all work daily to ensure we’re honoring those we serve while also accurately and powerfully conveying the value of our work to our community. Intentional, purposeful communications takes time.

#MeToo: Coming to a Nonprofit Near You
January 17, 2019 at 1:11 pm

Most of the readers of our blog not only work in the nonprofit sector, but are also personal supporters of various charitable missions. Speaking for myself (Otis), I consider myself to be an “animal rights advocate” and make monthly donations to a variety of animal welfare organizations...

What You Need to Know about Nonprofit Executive Compensation
July 10, 2017 at 11:46 am

On November 4 and 5, NonProfit PRO is hosting its annual peer-to-peer fundraising conference: Peer to Peer Advanced. Taking place in the heart of Philadelphia, attendees will gain a wealth of knowledge on advanced and innovative peer-to-peer tactics and learn how to strategize for future peer-to-peer programs, learning how to create sustainable programs that will […]

Torpedo the Ratio
April 24, 2015

I recognize the inherent risks associated with letting go of tight financial controls. I see the awkwardness of talking to donors about the cost of raising a dollar. I see our industry playing Twister—Semantic Version with expense allocation, coming out with legal structures that allow us to say, "100 precent of your donation goes to the cause." We all know that offices, desks, computers, employees, etc., are not free. We know a marketing-minded visionary donor agreed to "0 percent of your donation goes to the cause" to allow us to make that other statement legally, though not logically.

Build an Ethical Fundraising Program to Last
April 22, 2015

Those of us in the nonprofit arena have a responsibility—and an accountability—to build things that outlast us. It's not about us as CEO, or chief development officer, or board chair, or board member. It's about building an organization that is sustainable and can grow in support of a worthy mission.