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Get Back To The Endowment Basics...

Endowments, especially those of large universities, have come under the microscope of regulators, donors, and constituents in recent years. Despite the buzz, some in the sector still might not have a firm handle on the basics. John R. Kroll, associate vice president for finance and administration at the University of Chicago, and Jennifer Richards, senior […]

5 Methods To Make Your Staff Love You...

Is it better to be loved or feared? Michael Corleone grabbled with that question. While some bosses might prefer the latter, most would prefer their employees enjoy working for them. After all, that leads to better morale. Yet being a boss who everyone loves to work for doesn’t necessarily mean you let employees do whatever […]

5 Myth-Busting Common Accounting Traps...

They could have gotten away with it, the assumptions and practices leading your organization astray. You were buried under false beliefs and inefficient passages. If only for those meddlesome kids. Jane M. Searing and Jennifer Becker Harris, CPAs and shareholders at accounting firm Clark Nuber in Bellevue, Wash., stood in for the Scooby Gang. Instead […]

3 Steps To Addressing Financial Turmoil...

The red lights are flashing and the sirens are sounding. Seldom are nonprofit financial crises met with the same dramatic sights and sounds as a capsized ship, but the panic that sets in among organization financial professionals can come close. If such an incident were to take place at your organization, would you freeze with […]

5 Ways To Invest In Grants Professionals...

With a rock-star proposal writer on staff, why spend precious dollars priming the pump? The grant awards are rolling in and all is right with the world. But getting too comfortable with the successful status quo is risky. “Proposal development is stressful and over the years the job can wear away enthusiasm and energy,” said […]

8 Steps To An Emotional Appeal...

What worked last year might not work again this year. A fool-proof plan that you received from a peer at another organization went awry. Loyal donors are all of a sudden shuffling their priorities. Fundraising can be a volatile profession and with so much potential change year to year, it is sometimes difficult to string […]

10 Ways To Calm A Really Cranky Donor...

An angry donor is a nonprofit’s nightmare. Even nonprofits with the best of intentions can make a mistake that will lead to a long, and often loud, phone call with a donor. In their book “Being Buddha At Work,” Franz Metcalf and B.J. Gallagher outlined 10 steps to take to both calm the individual down […]

8 Membership Principles To Follow...

Any nonprofit needs support, and usually the more the better. Members donate money, but they also can spread the word about the organization or the mission or both. Sometimes sheer numbers can have an effect on impact. The need for fundraising is so constant that sometimes the opportunities for increasing membership are overlooked. Members do […]

Good Work Requires Strong Infrastructure...

Almost every nonprofit requires grant funding. But even though they’re often a major revenue source, the infrastructure to support grant acquisition and management is commonly neglected. “Large nonprofits, hospitals, and educational institutions typically invest in infrastructure to support the grants process,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “But […]

8 Membership Principles To Follow...

Any nonprofit needs support, and usually the more the better. Members donate money, but they also can spread the word about the organization or the mission or both. Sometimes sheer numbers can have an effect on impact. The need for fundraising is so constant that sometimes the opportunities for increasing membership are overlooked. Members do […]