Nonprofit Management & Operational Advice

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...

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...

4 Things To Consider Before Opening Your Wallet- A Lesson in Wise Giving

In 2014, Americans hit an all-time high of charitable contributions. More than $350 billion dollars were given over the course of the year, from pennies dropped into jars to checks written in generous form. As a county, we should feel proud of our increase in attention, both in time and in money, to … Read More...

Five Steps to Build Capacity of Overseas Field Offices

One of the fundamental goals for nonprofits engaged in international development is to build local capacity in the recipient country.  Most often, however, international development organizations only look at building capacity within the programmatic areas in which the organization is engaged.  For e … Read More...

Nonprofit News & Opinions

Social Media Strategies in Times of Crisis

The variety of social media channels are great for engaging and building a network of supporters. These same channels can also prove challenging in times of crisis. In developing effective strategies of communications on social media, one overarching question is: does this communication truthfully … Read More ...

Volunteers as Customers: New Take on Age Old Ideas for Volunteer Management

Customer service isn’t a new concept in the for-profit industry.  It’s commonplace for businesses with paying customers to have a robust customer service management process in place, and they should, considering their customers keep their doors open.  Through the use of customer service management so … Read More ...

Responding Before and After a Crisis Is as Important as When It Happens

The last time I checked, nonprofits were still businesses. People are served by a nonprofit’s actions. A nonprofit has staff that addresses those people’s needs. Planning is involved to ensure the business mission is carried out. There is money exchanging hands. So tell me why a non … Read More ...

Five Misconceptions about Fundraising

Fundraising and nonprofits go hand-in-hand like a horse and carriage, with one powering the change for the other. In this comparison, fundraising provides the means that allows nonprofits to carry out their goals with speed and efficiency. However, with more than 10 years of fundraising and … Read More ...

4 Ways to Get Corporate Sponsors and Donations for your Next Fundraising Event

Let’s face it. Fundraising events are tough to pull off. Even if you have a comprehensive plan in place, a strong team of staff members and volunteers, and a great speaker lineup, things can always go wrong. This isn’t meant to discourage you from hosting fundraising events. On the contrary, it’s … Read More ...

Dos and Don’ts of Charity Auctions

Charity auctions, run properly, are a tremendous fundraising opportunity with the right items and organization.  We consider auctions part of the evening’s entertainment … So make sure they are engaging and fun!  Auctions can make upwards of $1 million (this involved auctioning a Ferrari), but on ave … Read More ...

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