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  • Donors not giving all that they can

    By The NonProfit Times — March 31, 2015

    Underemployment, too much student debt, and an inability to move up in their field all are factors in holding back younger donors from giving more. But it’s not all bad news, according to Penelope Burk. The president of Toronto, Ontario-based Cygnus Applied Research shared a smattering of statistics and results from the 2014 Burk Donor Survey during a session at the 52nd annual Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Fundraising Conference.

  • 10 conversations between bosses and staff

    By The NonProfit Times — March 30, 2015

    Although conversations between bosses and employees can range from the hostile to the pointless, managers and managed do need to speak to one another now and again. Those conversations don’t have to be useless, and in his book “Thirteeners” Daniel F. Prosser offers what he calls 10 Connecting Conversations between bosses and those under them.

  • Sponsorships are negotiated business deals

    By The NonProfit Times — March 30, 2015

    Sponsorships generally mean that there is something of value for all participants, the person writing the check and the nonprofit receiving it. These are business deals, and they must be viewed as such from the very beginning.

  • 8 steps to a workplace investigation

    By The NonProfit Times — March 30, 2015

    Of course every nonprofit employee is a dedicated worker who could never do anything wrong on the job. The reality, of course, is quite different, and at the 2014 Nonprofit Risk Summit, Frank M. Pawlak, an attorney with more than 30 years representing management in labor and employment law, discussed the unfortunate topic of workplace investigations.

  • Social media in the workplace

    By The NonProfit Times — March 24, 2015

    The explosion in the use of social media is driving the workplace into a larger arena in the debate over free speech and employee rights and creating new concerns for human resource executives at nonprofit organizations.

  • Visualization for social good

    By The NonProfit Times — March 24, 2015

    Dr. John Snow mapped the cases of cholera in London’s Soho neighborhood in 1854, thereby tracing the source of the outbreak, and inspiring reform in water and waste management in London and beyond. Deemed the “father of modern epidemiology,” Snow saved countless lives through his data visualization.

  • Avoiding the toxic collaborators

    By The NonProfit Times — March 24, 2015

    When you’re fighting hard on behalf of the people or things for which your organization stands, you must be able to trust those fighting by your side. “You can deal with staff members who turn out to be scoundrels so long as you stick like glue to your organization’s personnel policies,” according to Barbara Floersch, director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Passion Trumps The Donor Pyramid

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 24, 2015

    Tom Gaffny was giving Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, hosts of the hit television show Mythbusters, a run for their money during the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation’s 2015 Washington Nonprofit Conference. Gaffny, who owns an eponymous fundraising consultancy in Wellesley, Mass., busted some myths of his own during the session.

  • Your case statement in 8 steps

    By The NonProfit Times — March 23, 2015

    The case statement is the building block of your organization, but particularly in your organization’s plan to move people to make donations.

  • No good reason for no sustainers

    By The NonProfit Times — March 23, 2015

    Some fundraisers say it all the time: “Sustainers aren’t right for my organization.” The excuses are myriad, from privacy concerns to having tried once to push a sustainer program to a focus on short-term ROI to a mission management believes don’t suit a monthly donor program.


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