Management Tips

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.

10 basics of stewardship

November 5, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Wouldn’t it be nice if every donor gave and kept on giving? Fact is, donors give but don’t keep on giving, meaning nonprofits have to work at keeping them happy and loyal.

6 elements of web content and structure

November 5, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Heart-tugging appeals are still surefire ways to get people to donate to a cause, but even the most high-minded mission can benefit from having an organizational Website that offers compelling content and a structure that is pleasing to the eye and comfortable to navigate.

For retail, use the strategy of 4 Ps

November 5, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

If a nonprofit wants to offer retail goods as part of its fundraising, it is not just a case of finding some schlock and putting a price tag on it.

5 pathways for addressing disagreements

November 4, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Nonprofit boards, more than any other part of the organization, are rife with opportunities for disagreement. Whether it’s an argument regarding one of the candidates for CEO, new initiatives, or finances, it’s not an unusual site to see board member squabbling.