Executive Issues

Stay Relevant By Soliciting Supporter Input
June 26, 2018 at 10:40 am

Nonprofits need to be flexible, open to new ideas and willing to change when appropriate. Soliciting supporter input on a regular basis will help organizations stay relevant and in touch with their base...

Building a Nonprofit as a Business—5 Scale-Up Strategies That Matter
June 21, 2018 at 12:17 pm

As some industries deal with revenue challenges, giving rates for early 2018 also reflect a slow start to the year. First quarter giving marks the mildest year-over-year growth rate since 2012. While it’s too early to predict annual giving trends, nonprofits should take time to evaluate their growth strategies now...

Ineffective Nonprofit Leadership: When Is It Time to Go?
June 18, 2018 at 11:54 am

Let's talk about ineffective nonprofit leadership, shall we? Some time ago, I passed along a VP of development job opportunity that came across my desk to a former colleague who was looking for a new position...

The Importance of Correcting Mistakes
June 15, 2018 at 11:18 am

The truth is the fundraising world is very complex and dynamic. We use simple tools and basic principles that we feel will provide easy answers for us. The truth is all of us make mistakes daily in our jobs. The question is do we know we are making mistakes and try to correct them, or do we assume the wrong way to do things is the right way to accomplish success?

Finding Common Ground Between Nonprofit Board and Leadership
June 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

There is no question that one of the biggest challenges in nonprofit board and leadership work is… people. Because people are also who make up nonprofit board and leadership teams—and who makes the work so good, too. It helps to have some good and effective ways to untangle things...

A New Age in America: Incorporating Diversity in Philanthropy
May 30, 2018 at 11:42 am

America is in the midst of a dramatic cultural shift, but evidence suggests that organized philanthropy may be stuck in the past. As the nation becomes more ethnically and racially diverse, it is more important than ever to consider whether the fundraising playbook is due for an overhaul...

Nonprofit Evaluation: Own Your Financial Transparency Story
May 14, 2018 at 11:56 am

In any industry sector, it is vital to own your story. This is especially true in the nonprofit sector where many prospective donors rely on nonprofit evaluation sites, like Charity Navigator, for making decisions on what organizations to give money...