Management Tips

9 mistakes made by planned giving committees

November 19, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Planned giving campaigns require a lot of work and preparation, including forming a committee. Just having a committee is not enough, because problems and mistakes can actually cause harm rather than just not working to maximum benefit.

3 keys for a sustainer program

November 19, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

More nonprofits are turning to sustainer programs lately, and they are finding them to be especially helpful for fundraising and even visibility.

5 drivers of innovation portfolio

November 18, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

The opportunity is clear. The goal is firm. All the information has been assembled. Everyone is ready and raring to go. Now what?

5 tips for better board recruitment

November 18, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

In the never-ending quest to get board members who do more than just attend meetings, managers have tried tactics from obvious, slobbering flattery to, well, not-so-obvious, slobbering flattery.

Young volunteers change your perspective

November 18, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

It is said that youth is wasted on the young, but it could be that, in the nonprofit sector, opportunities to harness the vigor of youth are being wasted.

Going viral is just the start

November 14, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

“Going viral” goes just fine as long as it works in favor of the people doing the viraling. When things go virally wrong, however, they go really wrong.

Tracking impact and data an HR issue

November 14, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Nonprofits are saddled with reporting requirements on the impact of their efforts, especially human service groups. They receive less, are asked to do more and then receive even less because they allegedly aren’t doing enough with what little they have — or they receive less because they are not reporting their impact.

Think small with giving apps

November 14, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Think about your organization from the perspective of a three-inch screen. Why? Because that’s all about all the space that your average smart phone can display.

Modeling might not be able to predict results

November 12, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Predictive models, which predict future behaviors based on past action, have proven to be very helpful in fundraising. They can isolate predictive response variables and be applied to large datasets, reduce interpretation subjectivity and identify opportunities for optimizing a universe.

A 10-point readiness assessment

November 12, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Few nonprofit leaders would launch a capital campaign with no preparation, but many don’t know how to determine how ready they are to start one.