Nonprofit Management & Operational Advice

Tips for Achieving Diversity on Nonprofit Boards

I knew that question would arise. My last article was entitled “Diversity on Nonprofit Boards.” The question I received was “You have convinced me that diversity is important. But how do I go about achieving diversity on my board?” I knew that excellent question would arise. First, identify the … Read More...

A How-to Publicity Primer

The good news for nonprofits feeling a bit perplexed about publicity-seeking is that the media is indeed always hungry for content. So whether your nonprofit is local, regional, or national in its scope, the key is to reverse-engineer what they’re seeking and provide compelling information to them i … Read More...

Back to the Basics: Getting Started in Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Do you feel like your organization has exhausted its fundraising opportunities? Does making your ever increasing budget feel like getting blood from a stone? Has your organization considered peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising as a way to expand your donor pool and your bottom line? Read on for a P2P … Read More...

Technology Creates a New Giving Economy

Technology can be very good for the nonprofit world. While technology has fundamentally changed the way we do business, the world outside of the for-profit sector has just recently caught on to its benefits. Some tech phenomena have already successfully infiltrated the nonprofit sphere, including … Read More...

Draw on the Crowd: How Not-for-Profits Can Take Advantage of Crowdfunding

Not-for-profit organizations face new opportunities for receiving support from their community, and one of the fastest growing resources comes from crowdfunding platforms. Crowdfunding, the practice of using a broad base of contributors through established online platforms, promises to surpass … Read More...

Four Key Questions for Writing an Effective Mission Statement

Several years ago, while working with the leaders of a family-owned business to set their strategies for the next year, I asked to see a copy of their mission statement. Looking confused and more than a little annoyed, the father said he thought it was somewhere around there in a framed picture, and … Read More...

Nonprofit News & Opinions

How Will the New Guidance for Financial Statements Impact Nonprofits?

After almost four years of research, analysis, and debate, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released its highly anticipated update on financial reporting for nonprofits. The update, which was officially released on August 18, 2016, has been designed to “help not-for-profits tell their … Read More ...

Updated Standards for Nonprofit Financial Reporting

On August 18, 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14 changing the way nonprofits prepare their financial statements.  FASB’s overall goal in solidifying these changes was to improve financial reporting for nonprofits so that outsiders … Read More ...

New Data Helps Nonprofits Develop Better Donor Relationships

The vast majority of nonprofits use relationship management software to create donor profiles, record information and track giving history. Relying on traditional technology for administrative support is a regular and essential practice across the industry. But as competition for charitable dollars … Read More ...

Employing a Social Media Strategy to Supplement Volunteer Recruitment

With the expectation of immediacy in the digital age, it’s no surprise over 75% of American adults use social media.  As millions connect daily, social media has become cross-generational and a part of everyday life; those same millions using it to gather daily news and connect with social causes.  I … Read More ...

Crowdfunding: The Do’s and Don’ts

Crowdfunding is exploding in popularity in both the for-profit and non-profit space. According to a Massolution report, the crowdfunding industry is doubling, or more, every year and will far surpass the yearly average of $30 billion raised from venture capital by the end of 2016. Currently, the … Read More ...

Writing a Mission Statement That Stands Out

The importance of a mission statement for a nonprofit simply can’t be understated. It is a public proclamation of your organization’s reason to be and why, quite honestly, the reason people should care about it. But writing an excellent one is difficult and must be well thought out. The best mission … Read More ...

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