Staffing & Human Resources

Leadership Tips
April 1, 2008

Here are some useful approaches leaders I have worked with from both the nonprofit and for-profit sector are using. You may find them inspirational. Retain important human capital. * Train and empower employees. Many employees are looking for growth and development, not just money. * Invest in young, innovative minds and allow them to be creative. Innovative thinkers are not just for the technology world. Stay fresh and relevant with young talent in order to continue making a difference. Take risks. * Explore new approaches to meet your business and customer needs. These approaches may be in human resources, fundraising or even the delivery

So You Got A New Job, Huh?
April 16, 2007

After a year as a consultant and a reporter-at-large for Fundraising Success magazine, I was offered a full-time employment opportunity by one of my nonprofit clients, the United Spinal Association. I was excited about getting back on the “other” side of the desk again. This would be my first new job since becoming director of fundraising for Consumers Union more than eight years ago. That seemed to me like the distant past (in a galaxy far, far away), and I was trying to remember what I did when starting at CU. My first day at United Spinal was supposed to be Jan. 2 but, under the

The Care and Feeding of the Creative Mind
February 6, 2007

Breakthrough creative. Everyone wants it. Few achieve it. If you’re on the client side and want to get the most out of your creative partners, here are a few tips on how to play the muse to your creative team. 1. Provide useful background In the “olden days” before the Internet, I used to ask all new clients for annual reports, articles, press releases, direct-mail samples and other printed materials to get a feel for the mission, tone and voice of the organization. Today, much of that background information is available online. It’s generally a good thing, but only if the client Web

How to Get to the Top
January 22, 2007

Following are some things to keep in mind if you want to rise to the top of your field -- whether in nonprofit fundraising or any other field -- and a few caveats about how to stay there once you do. How to get to the top 1. Don’t work for anyone or anything you don’t admire. 2. If you aren’t excited about your job or your field, change jobs or fields. 3. Don’t be afraid to fail. 4. Do every possible job in your company -- at least briefly. 5. Be 100 percent dependable; do what you promise -- and on time.

Building Your Dream Team
November 1, 2005

Do you yearn to work in a development office where professional staff members are considered among the best in their field; where the entire staff works as a team to exceed program goals year after year; where no silos exist and everyone gets along famously; and where it’s rewarding and fun to go to work every day?

Of course you do. Who doesn’t? To make this ideal scenario a reality, you have to start with the team you already have in place.

U.K. Author Finds Out What Makes U.S. Charities Tick
July 1, 2005

Building organization capacity is about systematically investing in developing an organization’s internal systems (for example, its people, processes and infrastructure) and its external relationships (for example, with funders, partners and volunteers) so that it can better realize its mission and achieve greater impact, writes Mike Hudson, director of Compass Partnership, a U.K.-based management consultancy specializing in the nonprofit sector, in his new book, Managing at the Leading Edge: New Challenges in Managing Nonprofit Organizations.

Soliciting Major Gifts?
June 1, 2005

The 2004 Association of Fundraising Professionals’ annual survey cited two important trends. First: Large organizations once again outperformed smaller organizations in fundraising — no surprise there. Second: Major gifts and planned gifts are on the rise.

More than 80 percent of AFP’s 3,000 survey respondents said they expect revenue from major gifts and planned giving to remain strong or increase in 2005, while casting direct mail as essentially flat.

Help Someone Else Succeed
April 1, 2005

I have come to believe that those who contribute the most to the leadership in our profession, as well as achieve the greatest success raising funds for their organizations, are those people who were mentored and inspired by other development professionals.

Grow With the Flow
March 1, 2005

Bernard Ross is an authority on fundraising in the nonprofit sector and an inspiring public speaker, but he wouldn’t describe himself as a motivator.

In fact, the influential 50-year-old director of the London-based Management Centre thinks the idea of motivating anyone to do anything often is nothing more than a conceit that managers harbor about themselves.

Recruiting and Retaining the Best and Brightest
January 1, 2005

For the past 27 years, I’ve been recruiting senior-level development professionals and training younger, aspiring individuals to be fundraising consultants and executive recruiters in the nonprofit world.

In all my years of consulting with nonprofit leaders and their boards, I’ve learned that finding and holding on to great talent is no easy feat, yet it’s one of the most pivotal factors contributing to an organization’s success in fundraising.