Management Tips

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.

11 elements of messaging a traditional campaign

November 12, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Just because you think you know what I said doesn’t mean I think you know what I meant when I said what I said compared to what you were thinking I was trying to say.

Invest in people for better financial results

November 5, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Even if nonprofit decision-makers don’t accept the idea that nonprofit employees are so idealistic that their pay must be lousy (although some might), politicians needing a cause and journalists needing a story accept it wholeheartedly, even enthusiastically.

6 components of enterprise risk management

November 5, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Even with constant awareness, people will find ways to commit fraud, and in the nonprofit sector that can be lethal.

Risky governance questions and policies

November 5, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Managers like to have a free hand to do things the right way, but every organization needs some kind of structure or guiding principles. For most, that means some kind of governance.