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

As a member of charity projects or nonprofit organizations, you know how challenging it can be to communicate a nonprofit message to people. In today’s world of content shock and short attention spans, most people don’t read, but scan, the information. So, if you want people to listen to you or, what’s more, do what […]

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.