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Management Tips

  • An ode to low dollar donors

    By The NonProfit Times — May 12, 2011

    If low dollar donors gave more money … they wouldn’t be low dollar donors. And if pigs had wings, their tails would still curl.

  • Promoting from within works when handled with care

    By The NonProfit Times — May 12, 2011

    Promoting employees to leadership positions from within a nonprofit organization has a tremendous upside for both nonprofits and their employees. The evaluation and hiring process must be handled carefully to overcome potential challenges that can include miscommunications and ill feelings, according to a recent issue “Leadership Matters,” published by Bridgestar, a nonprofit initiative of the Bridgespan Group.

  • Developing your strategic plan

    By The NonProfit Times — May 12, 2011

    Having goals is great, but all the happy-talk goals in the world will not mean a thing if they are not put into action.

  • 10 message questions to answer

    By The NonProfit Times — May 12, 2011

    If you talk, will they listen? Rebecca K. Leet, a strategic consultant to nonprofit organizations, believes that an important part of an organization’s message is the message need — creating and using the right message.

  • 8 suggestions for diversifying

    By The NonProfit Times — May 12, 2011

    Almost everyone agrees that diversity is a good thing, but trying to bring about diversity can be a difficult proposition. At a meeting of foundation CEOs, trustees and senior executives in 2007, titled “Assessment to Action: Creating Change” and sponsored by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), an open panel arrived at eight suggestions for bringing about diversity on foundation boards.

  • Expenditure responsibility required by law

    By The NonProfit Times — May 12, 2011

    Under the Pension Protection Act of 2006, a foundation must exercise “expenditure responsibility” if the grantee is a public charity classified as a supporting organization under 509(a)(3).

  • Rural infrastructure needs some repair

    By The NonProfit Times — May 12, 2011

    Nonprofits located in rural areas often face difficulties that are unlike those in more densely populated areas. Lack of networking or collaboration ability, difficulties in fundraising and problems related to distance can pose huge problems.

  • Family foundations can make their case

    By The NonProfit Times — May 12, 2011

    Family foundations usually steer clear of advocacy, both because they are instinctively inclined to do so and because it can bring serious if the advocacy is construed as lobbying.

  • Staffing for community and constituent diversity

    By The NonProfit Times — May 12, 2011

    Diversity is a word that has become prominent in the American vocabulary, and its currency shows no sign of abating. Nonprofits have had to be aware of the issue of diversity for many years now, in terms of fundraising, and mission.

  • What’s You SROI?

    By The NonProfit Times — May 12, 2011

    In an era when many people consider a simple investment to be inadequate, quantifying – even describing – the accomplishments of a nonprofit organization can be troublesome.

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