Management Tips

The logic in writing a grant proposal

January 14, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

The most critical elements of a winning grant proposal are the logic of the argument for support and the thoroughness of the program plan. Still, logic and planning won’t matter if your writing is so garbled reviewers can’t understand what you’re trying to tell them.

7 approaches to CSR

January 14, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

Nonprofit leaders hoping to harness the desire by many people for corporate social responsibility (CSR) might benefit from knowing what is on the minds of those people.

10 tips for monthly giving programs

January 14, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

Most nonprofits don’t leverage their monthly giving programs as well as they can. Erica Waasdorp, president of A Direct Solution in Marstons Mill, Mass., shared some tips on getting the most out of your monthly giving program in her book, “Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant.”

6 reasons for rethinking concepts

January 13, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

Every organization pays lip service to stopping and reflecting on what it is doing and the best way(s) to continue doing a great job.

The move to evidence-based programs and practices

January 13, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

The move toward providing philanthropic support to “what works” has gained support during the past few years. These are known as evidence based programs/practices (EBP).

7 statistics about volunteers

January 13, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

All nonprofit managers know that volunteers are an integral part of their organizations, but do they know the more minute details about them?

4 elements of accountability and ethics

January 7, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

A worthwhile mission clearly stated and effective fundraising are crucial stones upon which a nonprofit foundation rests, but as all-too-many people inside and outside the sector can attest, ethics violations — or even the appearance of ethical lapses — can damage a cause and possibly even destroy an organization.

Letting funders meet constituents

January 7, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

Engaging with constituents, as noble as it sounds, is often easier said than done. By engaging with the people served, nonprofits can do an even better job of delivering the broad range of needed services they provide.

Essential elements of a call report

January 7, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

Once you’ve visited a major giving prospect, you’ll have to get the information you’ve learned down on paper. Your call report or trip report will help others know about the prospect, and can act as a refresher the next time you contact the potential donor.

Collaborating: Play fair and play smart

December 24, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

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.