Management Tips

7 Things Potential Donors Worry About

December 13, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

The need to support programs and services is a source of never-ending pressure on nonprofits to fundraise, early and often. That need can often come across as unseemly, especially if a politician or journalist on the make sees an opportunity for a career-defining “exposure” and resulting grandstanding.

Categorize Information In Proposals

December 13, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

One guaranteed way to sink your chances of winning a grant award is to confuse reviewers. “Reviewers don’t have time to decipher a bewildering proposal,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “They’ll give your document one solid reading and if they don’t understand your point, you’re out.”

They’re Already Excited About Something

December 13, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Looking for new members? Activists are the most promising group to target. Hundreds of activists become members of the American Association of University Women each year, according to Christy Jones, vice president of membership and direct response marketing for the organization.

Looking Ahead Through a Rearview Mirror

December 12, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Nonprofit managers need to be prepared for the future. Fundraising, staffing, operations, cybersecurity, changes in client demographics are just a few examples of the areas that offer potential challenges for the philanthropic sector as the 21st century gallops ahead. Some issues can be foreseen, but many cannot.

When It Comes To Staff: Train To Gain

December 12, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

The nonprofit section is more competitive than ever before in terms of hiring the best talents, so keeping them in tip-top shape is easier, and more critical, than ever before.

Asian Philanthropy Often Has Ancient Roots

December 12, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Effective fundraising requires such a sophisticated, nuanced approach that large-scale categorization will no longer suffice in many fundraising areas. For example, nonprofits might need to look more closely at the term “Asian.”

Leadership Retreats Develop Ties That bind

December 8, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Board members who play together stay together. That’s what Lewis Flax, founder of Lewis Flax Associates in Washington, D.C., told participants during a session at the Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference in National Harbor, Md.

Determining Why Something Went Wrong

December 8, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Determining how things went wrong can be helped with simple guidelines, sort of a navigation system.

5 Tips for Telling Nonprofit Stories

December 8, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

“Storytelling” is a common buzzword on social media and blogs, but few really explain how to tell a story that will drive engagement and donations. Here are five practical tips for aspiring nonprofit storytellers.

Match Considerations Funders Might Require

December 6, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Many funders require organizations to supplement grant funding with other resources. This required “match” can help stretch a funder’s limited dollars and can also boost confidence in your proposed program.