Strategic Planning

What’s the Monthly Donor Secret Sauce?
June 10, 2019 at 12:26 pm

What’s the monthly donor secret sauce? This was one of the questions that came up in a recent podcast I recorded. The answer is that there really is no secret sauce for generating more monthly donors other than...

The Impact Investing Mystery Revealed
May 30, 2019 at 10:49 am

If you have major donors, then chances are someone has spoken to you about impact investing. Even if you haven't had the experience yet, it's an idea that you should know. Impact investments are becoming more popular in the philanthropic sector. That, in turn, may make a huge change in the industry...

3 Capacity-Building Activities Your Nonprofit Needs
May 23, 2019 at 10:10 am

As the most critical process that ensures the long-term success of an organization, capacity building is not something nonprofits should ignore. Quite the opposite, actually; capacity building should be a priority for every nonprofit looking to grow...

Don’t Knock It Until You Try It—New Ways of Fundraising
May 22, 2019 at 12:21 pm

I can picture a few skeptics out there thinking, “We have a strong major gifts program. I’m not going to dilute that with some new social fundraising fad.” That makes sense, to a point. If you have a robust and successful major gifts program established, do everything you can to keep it thriving!...

Make Succession Planning and Staff Development a Priority
May 21, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Recently I enjoyed lunch with two friends who also happen to be my mentors. One is a former manufacturing operations guru who, for decades, has enjoyed success in human resources. The other is the former CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The focus of the conversation ended up on a vital nonprofit and fundraising topic: succession planning...