Management Tips

Best practices for staying on track

December 17, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

A successful planned giving campaign requires a good planned giving committee, but John Elbare, founder and owner of Florida Philanthropic Advisors LLC in Sarasota, Fla., argues that a good committee is not just going to happen.

8 reasons to add young board members

December 16, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

How can you describe the benefits of younger members on a board: their passion, their vigor, their ability to use a cell phone?

8 elements of an effective vision statement

December 16, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Walt Disney famously said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” According to nonprofit management expert Terri Temkin, organizations would be wise to listen to Disney’s words when it comes to crafting a vision statement.

5 rules of enterprise risk management

December 16, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

As more and more nonprofit managers learn that risk is not something confined to the entity known as “Someone Else,” they might find that their own risk-prevention and risk-management policies are inadequate for modern-day contingencies.

Story overshadowed by visuals on most sites

December 12, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

The need to draw people to a compelling story through interesting visual devices is well known in the nonprofit sector, so well known that the visual attraction has often overshadowed the story.

6 cloud computing tips

December 12, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

By now the cloud has become the storage haven for countless individuals and organizations. Ease of access and freedom from costly upgrades or repairs are usually counted among the chief benefits from cloud computing.

Cities have strategies for nonprofit outcome measurements

December 12, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Results for America, an initiative of America Achieves that works to improve outcomes for young people, their families and communities by emphasizing data and evidence, and The Bridgespan Group released a paper highlighting the nation’s best cities at using data and evidence to get better results for their citizens. “Geek Cities: How Smarter Use of Data and Evidence Can Improve Lives” reports on a new focus in local governments.

Avoiding the last-minute budget

December 10, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Throwing together the budget section of a grant proposal at the last minute causes problems and, unfortunately, happens all too often. Some grantseekers agonize over the narrative, but treat the budget as “just another attachment” that won’t get much scrutiny. Others shy away from numbers, avoiding the dreaded budget section until the deadline is upon them.

6 steps to forming a planned giving committee

December 10, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Committees, such as those for planned giving, usually begin with a burst of fervor but often veer off course or collapse under their own weight.

6 points capture the essence of good stewardship

December 10, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Stewardship is a feel-good term that floats around the nonprofit sector, usually honored more in the breach than in the observance.