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Management Tips

  • Impact of the new Form 990

    By The NonProfit Times — May 11, 2011

    Recent changes by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to Form 990, at the prodding of Congress, will have an effect on transparency, especially regarding governance.

  • 16 consistent due diligence checkpoints

    By The NonProfit Times — May 11, 2011

    Applying due diligence to any decision can be trickier than it sounds. But in their book Making Critical Decisions, Roberta M. Snow and Paul H. Phillips maintain that there are 16 elements of the due diligence process that can apply to nonprofit organizations.

  • Make sure you show donors what you do

    By The NonProfit Times — May 11, 2011

    Donors make an emotional commitment to your organization before opening up their wallets. Nonprofits bent on maintaining that financial relationship must work harder to prove they are donation worthy, according to Troy Stremler, founder and CEO of Englewood, Colo.-based Newdea, a vendor of Web-based philanthropy management tools.

  • Make new members know what is expected

    By The NonProfit Times — May 11, 2011

    For board members who are new to your organization, it might be the first time they’ve been involved in the governance and operation of a nonprofit. While they might be aware of what’s expected in terms of duties, there also are other things they can do to be the best board members they can be.

  • Alerting the media the right way

    By The NonProfit Times — May 11, 2011

    The news media can help get the word out about your organization – if you know how to reach them. Press releases can inform journalists and editors about your organization and hook them for a story. But you should know what kind of news makes it to print before sending out a press release, according to Janet Rice McCoy, assistant professor at Morehead State University, and Jeanette Drake, associate professor at Kent State University, at Blackbaud’s 2008 Conference for NonProfits. So what are journalists looking for?

  • A dozen secrets to successful solicitations

    By The NonProfit Times — May 11, 2011

    Asking for money can be a little nerve-wracking, whether you’re a board member, volunteer or even if you do it for a living. But there are some simple things to remember to make solicitations a little easier on you.

  • 11 ideas for communicating in tough times

    By The NonProfit Times — May 11, 2011

    It’s not much of a newsflash — the economy is getting a little tighter. Campaigning for donations may get harder in the coming months with financial insecurity swimming in donors minds.

  • Board members should know what to expect

    By The NonProfit Times — May 11, 2011

    Candidates for nonprofit board membership should know what they’re potentially getting themselves into — not only for their own good, but also for the good of your organization.

  • 6 rules for resurrecting arts organizations

    By The NonProfit Times — May 11, 2011

    When the “turnaround king” talks, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for arts organizations to listen.

  • Loyalty to brand a thing of the past

    By The NonProfit Times — May 11, 2011

    Compared to the average adult (79 percent), Millennials (88 percent) are more likely to switch from one brand to another, given similar price and qualify, if the other is associated with a good cause, according to a recent survey. More than half of the Millennials surveyed bought a cause-related product or service in the past year, compared to 38 percent for all adults.

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