Event Management

5 Trends Facing Nonprofits Now
April 20, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Evaluating—or re-evaluating—recruiting strategy, community outreach and ways to improve volunteer programs should include a thorough understanding of current trends and changes impacting the nonprofit sector. In conducting our latest research into the state of volunteerism and volunteer screening in America, we asked for feedback from more than 700 nonprofit professionals...

What Is the Most Important Position in a Nonprofit?
April 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

Leadership makes the difference! Of this, I have no doubt. Effective CEOs can transform an organization, and donors look to the CEO as a benchmark when considering a major investment. However, I believe that there is one leadership role more important to an organization—and more critical to its short and long-term success...

Bluegrass Nonprofit Split Over Float in San Francisco Gay Pride Parade
April 17, 2017 at 8:21 am

It was a simple idea: A live bluegrass band would “pick” music from the back of a flatbed truck. But the choice of venue—San Francisco’s annual Gay Pride Parade—wasn’t. The California Bluegrass Association, a nonprofit founded in 1975, is supported by nearly 3,000 banjo-playing members. And as the twangy music has gained popularity on California’s…

Capital Campaigns and Conference Calls: A New Meeting Format
April 10, 2017 at 9:04 am

If you are planning a capital campaign, you should develop your skills at managing conference calls. The success of capital campaigns will depend on your ability to recruit and manage great volunteers. And these days, pulling volunteers together for meetings is harder than ever...

The Walk Is Dead
March 29, 2017 at 8:42 am

Maybe it is time to accept that walk is dead. Maybe enough people have done walk that we just can’t attract enough participants. Maybe the digi-verse gives them a new way to fundraise, and they don’t need to face-to-face with each other. Maybe no amount of lipstick is going to dress up this pig...

Special Events: Look Before You Leap
March 10, 2017 at 10:02 am

I travel from time to time to Chicago for mandatory meetings, which I enjoy attending because I can interact with a variety of colleagues. During a recent trip, I had dinner with several senior peers where we thoroughly discussed special events. I have not been responsible for a significant special event for several years, so I listened intently. I am always interested in building new fundraising pipelines...

8 Step Guide to Planning the Perfect Nonprofit Fundraising Event
October 3, 2016 at 12:04 pm

With the advent and extent of social media marketing, nonprofit organizations are able to spread the word about their fundraising events farther and wider than ever before. Year over year, fundraising events have increased the revenue of nonprofits across the board—smaller nonprofits especially. It’s no coincidence. Social media has opened up the doors and allowed…

Millennials: The New Majority
September 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

While many nonprofit peer-to-peer programs have been able to connect with the Millennial audience based on school or institution structures, the audience often does not often transition to post-academia participation. Why is that?...

Infographic: Help Your Nonprofit Take Advantage of Retail Tech’s Best Practices
August 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Nonprofit organizations always are looking for new ways to engage with their supporters and solicit donations. To be as effective as possible, nonprofits need to embrace 21st century realities and meet their potential supporters wherever they are. To do so, these organizations can look to some of the emerging technologies taking hold in the retail…

When Stories Matter
August 19, 2016 at 9:56 am

Years ago, I was a boy scout in Charleston, W.Va., for a relatively short period of time. I enjoyed the experience but was faced with the dilemma of either continuing in scouting or playing little league baseball. I must say that baseball won the day but the positive memory of my scouting experience has stayed with me through the years...