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Building a Successful Board of Advisors for Your Nonprofit
December 5, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Gathering a great board of advisors is one of the most important and crucial steps to help make your nonprofit successful. Your board is foundational for your organization’s support and development. They are the men and women who can help you focus on your mission by helping provide support, advice and resources...

Make Your Nonprofit Financially Sustainable
December 5, 2018 at 11:51 am

You know that delivering on your organization’s mission over time requires financial resources. The alternative is not pretty—no money, no mission, as it is said. As a board member, one of the most important components of your governance role is to ensure that the finances of the nonprofit you help oversee are sustainable...

PayPal, Facebook Matching Donations Up to $7M for #GivingTuesday
November 27, 2018 at 12:22 pm

PayPal and Facebook have always been big supporters for charitable organizations. Today, on #GivingTuesday, to help encourage our community to give in a big way, the two have partnered up to match donations up to $7 million, their largest giving program to date...

The Orr Group: Embedding Effective Nonprofit Leadership
November 9, 2018 at 1:09 pm

The average chief development officer moves on after 12 to 18 months in the role. This nonprofit leadership “churn” can be enormously detrimental to a nonprofit’s ability to raise funds and achieve its mission. Nonprofits need continuity and consistency in order to keep staff motivated, engage stakeholders and represent the organization to their key constituencies...

3 Common Legal Issues Nonprofit Boards Experience
November 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Many laws that impact the commercial industry are still applicable to nonprofit organizations. Good intention doesn't justify a lapse in protocol, and board members should take meticulous care to research regulations that might affect their operation. Let's take a look at three common legal issues that nonprofit boards experience, so that you can identify and avoid them...

The Orr Group: High-Performing Boards
November 7, 2018 at 11:27 am

An engaged, high-performing board of directors is critical to the success of any nonprofit. In this video, leaders from Orr Group talk about how to transition a nonprofit board from a “listening” board, to a “reporting” board, to a truly engaged board...

Blackbaud, Points of Light Enters New Partnership to Enhance Volunteerism
October 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Without doubt, volunteerism can be a tremendous asset to any nonprofit organization. Volunteers hold the ability to empower and excite the community with passion and drive, getting them to donate more to your nonprofit’s cause. Blackbaud knows the power of volunteerism...

Timeless Nonprofit Lessons in Leadership From a Timeless Fundraising Leader
October 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Last week I made a quick trip to New York City for the memorial service for fundraising legend Jerry Panas. I am sure that Jerry was smiling down on the gathering at the Century Club. Seeing Felicity, Jerry and others was heartwarming. It was a pleasure meeting new friends and learning nonprofit lessons from a fundraising leader...

Bridge the Gap: The Thin Line Between Financial Donors and Volunteers
October 16, 2018 at 11:55 am

Did you know that 80 percent of volunteers donated to charitable organizations? This statistic is double the giving rate of non-volunteers. There is a good chance (probably 100 percent) that your nonprofit would not be able to reach its mission of achieving good without the support of donors...

Leading With Heart and Humanity: Put the Love Back in Leadership
October 10, 2018 at 9:52 am

On my last day as interim executive director of Slide Ranch, my team threw me a heartfelt going-away party. I was touched and moved by their outpouring of love, and the feeling was very much mutual. I cared deeply about their wellbeing, not only as employees but as individuals...

What to Look for in a Nonprofit Leader Today
October 9, 2018 at 11:04 am

Passion for the mission has always been a critical quality that boards or search committees seek in a new leader, but today's nonprofits cannot afford to run solely on passion alone. As organizations seek new executive directors or CEOs, they look to identify a nonprofit leader who can build a brand...

Be Nonprofit Leaders Who Actually Lead—14 Ways to Show It!
October 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Recently, I took part in a LIVE call in which is part of our nonprofit leaders and managers course for major gifts. It gave me such hope because the leaders that are taking this course are doing it because they want to learn about major gifts and, even more importantly, lead their nonprofit to be supportive of the major gift team...

Build Your Own Symposium—Educating Your Nonprofit Constituents
October 5, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Education and communication are vital attributes when working in the nonprofit arena. All of us work with a variety of nonprofit constituents. It is imperative that various players in the nonprofit universe continually learn the same language and grow as professionals...

3 Essential Abilities for Social Enterprise Success
October 4, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Despite consistent growth in Americans’ charitable giving, depending solely upon the generosity of private donors and government contracts often leaves our programs in precarious circumstances. For these reasons, launching or acquiring a social enterprise to develop a source of earned revenue can be a tempting idea...

Training Your Nonprofit Constituents to Fundraise
September 28, 2018 at 12:22 pm

In a nonprofit, we work in a complex maze of dynamic interactions, both internal and external in scope. Administration, staff, board, volunteers, donors and community, for example, are engaged daily in the progress of a nonprofit. When the subject of fundraising comes up with these nonprofit constituent groups, I am amazed how fast the room goes silent...

Earned Income Depends on You, Grants Depend On Them
September 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Every nonprofit executive you speak to will tell you plainly that grant dollars alone won’t sustain an organization’s work. Sure there are huge foundations that are repositories for cash, but most nonprofits cannot rely on grants or even donations to keep the organization vital and thriving...

Charity Shaming—Maybe Not So Bad After All
September 12, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Most of us are familiar with “charity shaming” at the checkout. It’s where you’re asked if you’d like to donate to XYZ Charity, as you’re standing there paying for your merchandise with a bunch of other people around. Being put on the spot to make a donation in this way—even a small one—can feel disconcerting...