Many nonprofit managers, beset with a mountain of issues even before they get to work, regard the board of directors as a necessary inconvenience. The truth, however, is that a dynamic board can do wonders for the mission of an organization.
Is your neck stiff from staring too long at the same source of constituents? The cure is to stretch and strengthen your skills for finding new online destinations related to your cause.
Is it worth it? That is a question asked daily by many people in many situations. In the nonprofit and for-profit worlds, however, the question very often refers to any decision to make in investment, in personnel, plant and property or equipment, to name a few.
When thinking of planned giving, it’s easy to focus on the second word and overlook the first. It is exactly such a second-word approach that Phyllis Freedman of SmartGiving tried to steer people away from during the Direct Marketing Association’s 2010 Washington Nonprofit Conference.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that personal goals and organizational aims are the same, but when they differ serious problems can result.
Metrics are important, but it is possible to get so hung up on measuring that we forget exactly what the purpose of all that measurement is. In other words, we can lose sight of the forest for all the trees.
With the U.S. Census being one of the few entities hiring recently, and people in business suits and briefcases lining up for entry-level jobs (if any are available), questions of finding the right employees do not jump to the forefront of many managers’ minds.
In these days when everyone is the star of his/her own reality series (aka Life), it can be difficult for nonprofit fundraisers to send effective requests to donors. If everyone is an exotic island, won’t every individual respond only to a personal pitch?
You might not have noticed, but there is a fiscal crisis in this country. It has been going on for a while now, and not too many people are wildly optimistic about its chances for ending soon.
The concept of doing more with less is a familiar one to nonprofit managers, even though during the past three years they have found themselves having to do more with a lot less.