Fundraiser Education

How Hitting Goals Can Damage Your Nonprofit’s Value
April 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Each individual metric we track and try to improve upon is a KPI. And if we just try to improve KPIs, we will fail at accomplishing our missions because we are focused on the wrong things. Why is focusing on KPIs bad?...

‘Being Fearless’ to Create Real Social Impact
April 11, 2019 at 12:37 pm

Taking that first step is what separates those who dream about creating change from those who actually create change, those who are change-makers. The nonprofit sector is a unique and powerful sector because of this...

Profile of Ernie Vargo and How a Hospital Changed Its Name
April 5, 2019 at 10:26 am

When you have been in the nonprofit profession for a number of years, you interact with many colleagues. I am blessed to have known and continue to know colleagues who have impacted me during my career. One special person who I admire for a variety of reasons is Ernie Vargo, II, CFRE, in Indianapolis...

Doing More With Less Often Gets You Less
April 4, 2019 at 10:41 am

In previous blogs, we have been critical of the way in which nonprofits are often evaluated—their so-called “overhead ratios.” An overhead ratio compares the operating costs of the nonprofit with its income. A low-overhead ratio implies that the organization is minimizing its expenses (e.g. salaries, office rent) and, therefore, has more resources available to dedicate to its mission...

Opinion: The NCAA Should Have Its Nonprofit Status Revoked
March 21, 2019 at 12:03 pm

One of the great pleasures in working with nonprofits is getting up every day and knowing that you are helping them do good on behalf of their constituencies. There are nonprofits out there that advocate on behalf of people living with autism, cancer, ALS and cystic fibrosis...

An Outside Perspective Can Help Your Nonprofit Succeed
March 19, 2019 at 11:11 am

It’s always good to have that outside perspective. That voice of experience. Those fresh eyes. The wisdom of someone trained in your area. That is the role of a good consultant—not only to be that objective voice that can speak to you and others, but to bring needed expertise and experience...

Is a Nonprofit Career in Your Future?
March 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm

I have been writing articles and blogs for many years. I love to promote having a nonprofit career and to share information with others. The by-product of writing is the variety of questions asked of me in a given month. These questions represent a wide range of topics...

10 Ways to Make 2019 Your Most Successful Fundraising Year Ever
March 12, 2019 at 11:36 am

For the past several years, we’ve been advising smart fundraisers to zero in on their individual giving program with a laser-like intensity. And despite the current political and fundraising climate—or perhaps especially because of the current climate—that’s still sound advice. How will you be increasing fundraising revenue AND strengthening donor relationships in 2019? Make plans…

7 Reasons to Reframe Your Nonprofit Fundraising Strategy
March 6, 2019 at 11:56 am

While you were sleeping, something transformative happened. People began to behave differently. To get their information differently. To communicate with their friends differently. To purchase things differently. We live in a digitally revolutionized, highly connected, hugely networked zeitgeist...