All special event planners should know that the worst thing anyone could possibly ask the day of an event is “what’s the worst that could happen?” People often cite Murphy’s Law for a reason, you know.
Socrates said to “Know thyself.” Being aware of your own personality quirks and natural proclivities can help you do your job better, especially if your job is fundraising. Andrea Kihlstedt put together a matrix of personality types specifically for fundraisers to know themselves in her book Asking Styles.
Individual donors contributed about 73 percent, or $217.79 billion to nonprofits in 2011, out of a total of nearly $300 billion, according to Giving USA. Knowing your donors’ motivations can help you create more targeted asks and get more contributions to your organization. Eric John Abrahamson, Ph.D., outlined seven types of donors in his book Beyond Charity.
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Nonprofits can be considered the melting pot of generations. They are a mix of baby boomers, Generation Xers, and Millenials. As the different groups permeate the workforce, it’s up to managers to adapt their leadership styles to accommodate the different viewpoints of these different generations.
Mission and money used to be separate in the view of boards and trustees. According to Eric John Abrahamson, Ph.D., in his book Beyond Charity, “As good stewards, boards of trustees have been expected to manager their investments prudently and allocate their budgets to maximize the effectiveness of their programs. Traditionally, the social mission of the organization was not supposed to color the organization’s investment strategy.”
One of the more popular types of special events is the auction or raffle. Not only do they have the potential to bring in big money for the nonprofit, they are also very engaging and fun for the audience.
A lot of nonprofits collect data for data’s sake; very few use it to change the shape their programs or drive social change.
When racing to meet application deadlines, don’t get stalled by the attachments. “Grant applications typically require a number of standard organizational documents,” according to Barbara Floersch, director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
There are two types of recruiting techniques that nonprofits practice: General and focused. A general recruitment campaign is basically a call for any volunteer, no matter what skills they possess. While this has its uses, a focused campaign can be more effective.
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