Management Tips

5 Reasons Spreadsheets Aren’t Donor Databases

January 11, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Nonprofits are very good at doing a lot with a little. Smart executive directors know when spending more will pay off big. When it comes to fundraising, spreadsheets are familiar and free, but they limit your potential to engage with donors and bring in steady funding.

5 CMS Mistakes That Ruin Your Website

January 11, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

A lot goes into building a new website or redesigning an existing site. You need to decide what you need it to do, how visitors will use it, how staff will use and update it, and what it will look like. You’ll also need to find ways to make sure it can be found on the web by people searching for it.

4 European Philanthropic Models

January 10, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Americans like to think that they have originated just about everything, that despite the arrival on the American land mass of people from all over the world, all that is Made in the USA is sui generis.

4 important elements to Storytelling

January 10, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Writers from Dr. Seuss to Hemingway readily proclaim the importance of editing when creating new material. But even thinking about editing can be terrifying when you don’t have a clue where to start. Seeking out stories to spread the message of your organization is not an easy process and there’s no magic solution, but telling good stories gives a great reason “why” to donors who may be on the fence.

4 Ways To Coordinate Collaborative Grant Proposals

January 10, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Pulling together organizations with complementary missions can accomplish more than one organization working alone. Collaboration is a best-practice expectation and it’s common for several organizations to play major roles in planning and implementing programs.

7 Reasons Giving Is A “Social” Event

January 3, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

You’ve captured the interest of a new donor and they gave to your cause. After you’ve said ‘thank you’ you might be wondering, now what? In the age of social media, giving is more social than ever. Turning your donors into your fundraisers is the key to acquiring new names and spreading the word about your organization.

4 Must Have Items On Your “To Do” List

January 3, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

How many items are on your to-do list? If asked to narrow it down to four things, what would strike you as the most important things to do? Choosing a smaller number of important ideas to focus on helps develop your strategic leadership, which is key to creating vision, empowering employees, and moving your organization in a new or more refined direction.

8 Acceptable Use Policy Mandates

January 3, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Increasing use by employees of the internet for purposes both work-related and non-work-related adds to the risk of damaging security breaches.

Energizing Your Board For Campaign Success

December 21, 2016       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Campaign success happens from the top down, so if you want a success, make sure your board is energized and engaged.

4 Things To Know About Donor-Advised Funds

December 21, 2016       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Donor-advised funds aren’t exactly the new, cool kids moving into the nonprofit neighborhood but their popularity is growing. The number of donor-advised funds has nearly doubled from 162,000 in 2007 to 269,180 in 2015 and doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon. But how can your organization make the most of this modern way of giving?