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  • Staying on track with program implementation

    By The NonProfit Times — October 4, 2015

    Once the ink on the grant award dries, a swarm of start-up tasks sends staff off and running — sometimes, unfortunately, in the wrong direction. “Too often organizations look around after six months and find that program implementation is off track,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “If you want to stay on track, don’t start running. Get organized.”

  • 5 tips to asking for a bigger gift

    By The NonProfit Times — October 2, 2015

    Just as fishing for swordfish requires different preparation than fishing for flounder, fishing for large gifts requires different methods than typical fundraising.

  • A first-timers’s guide to a capital campaign

    By The NonProfit Times — September 29, 2015

    You might be preparing to launch your organization’s first capital campaign, and your head is swimming. For those new to the process, Laura Fredricks, in her book “The Ask,” outlines the four phases of capital campaigns.

  • Resolving the tug of war and internal conflicts

    By The NonProfit Times — September 29, 2015

    Maybe it shouldn’t be so, but often you’ll find fundraisers from different departments within an organization fighting over the same donors. Are they medium or major, annual or continuing?

  • 6 steps to a great case statement

    By The NonProfit Times — September 29, 2015

    Despite the creative spark that exists in most of us, good fundraising can often be more about making a good case than about writing the Great American Novel.

  • 7 drivers of donor loyalty

    By The NonProfit Times — September 27, 2015

    While fundraisers are constantly searching for ways to expand organizational donor bases, making sure that existing donors keep giving is integral to continuing missions and keeping the lights on.

  • A good start — the proposal cover letter

    By The NonProfit Times — September 27, 2015

    The cover letter is the grant seeker’s first opportunity to make a good impression — and first impressions matter. While the job of the proposal summary is to provide context for reading the entire proposal, the job of the cover letter is different. Its job is to provide a snapshot of what’s being requested and to demonstrate the unwavering commitment of the organization’s highest leadership.

  • 5 tips to combat organizational fraud

    By The NonProfit Times — September 26, 2015

    Fraud within an organization is capable of damaging donor trust, pushing away good employees and siphoning off much-needed funds.

  • Survey: Anti-Fraud Safeguards Are Lacking

    By The NonProfit Times — September 23, 2015

    Nearly 40 percent of financial management teams lack annual fraud prevention procedures, checklists and similar reviews, according to results of the new Nonprofit Financial Management Survey from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

  • 11 Questions For Reference-Checking

    By The NonProfit Times — September 23, 2015

    When it comes to checking the references of a job applicant, a thorough job can help prevent a lot of problems down the line. With that in mind, anyone who is doing the checking wants to ask good questions.

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