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Measuring Is Essential
May 27, 2015

We have to be out there—identifying, cultivating, engaging and asking prospective donors. The best way to ensure that this is being done is to set goals and to measure activity and success.

A Practical (and Possibly Provocative) Approach to Leadership Transitions
May 26, 2015

Leadership transitions in the nonprofit sector occur regularly. For small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations, the average term for an executive director or CEO is about six years. With sufficient time and preparation, these transitions can be positive events that make an organization stronger, even when the transition involves replacing a successful executive director.

The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vt., provides an excellent example of how this succession process can work. In early 2013, David Goudy, the highly regarded CEO of the Montshire Museum, informed the board of directors of his intent to retire in two years.

Why Are We Afraid to Fire People?
May 25, 2015

The primary reason a person does not perform in their job is that the job does not match the person's motivations and abilities. It's that simple. That's why, in my mind and management practice, I have changed the whole meaning of "firing" a person to "transitioning" a person to a place that really works for them.

Nonprofit Leaders React to News of Charity Fraud Case
May 22, 2015

Columbia nonprofit leaders are speaking out about the importance of integrity in the wake of four charities being accused of fraudulently using more than $187 million in donations and are working to ensure the case doesn't dissuade donors from giving to legitimate causes. The local leaders also emphasized that honest organizations will have nothing to hide, and donors should feel free to ask questions before giving.

The four organizations under investigation solicited donations in Columbia and throughout South Carolina, as well as elsewhere, primarily through telemarketing.

The Walking Dead Sabotage Nonprofits
May 22, 2015

Recently I've written about my personal epiphany regarding the expense-is-all-that-matters filter through which we/I have looked at nonprofits' effectiveness. The new movement afoot to evaluate nonprofits with effectiveness as part of the measure is sabotaged by villains like the four cancer charities that scammed millions from donors.

The Importance of Marketing Yourself
May 22, 2015

Don't ever forget to market yourself. You are your most important product and key to your ultimate institutional success. No less than 100 percent daily effort will do. People are watching you—and you set your own performance bar.

NonProfit PRO Offices Will Be Closed for Memorial Day
May 22, 2015

NAPCO Media's offices—home of your friends at NonProfit PRO—will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Our NonProfit PRO Today e-newsletter will resume daily operations on Tuesday, May 26.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend, and as always, thanks for reading!

Boy Scouts’ President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders
May 22, 2015

Robert M. Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America and former secretary of defense, called on Thursday to end the Scouts' ban on gay adult leaders, warning the group's executives that "we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be."

Speaking at the Boy Scouts' annual national meeting in Atlanta, Mr. Gates said cascading events—including potential employment discrimination lawsuits and the impending Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, as well as mounting internal dissent over the exclusionary policy—had led him to conclude that the current rules "cannot be sustained."

UMass Rising Campaign Exceeds $300 Million Fundraising Goal a Year Early
May 22, 2015

The University of Massachusetts announced its $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign in April 2013 to coincide with the school's 150th birthday.

The goal was to raise $300 million by June 2016, but as of May 2015, the campaign has surpassed that goal by $10 million.

UMass Amherst Foundation Board announced the fundraising success Thursday.

"We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights," said Robert Epstein, co-chairman of the fundraising campaign, in a press release.

The $310 million raised to date "reflects the passion and pride that our university inspires."