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Management Tips

  • No good reason for no sustainers

    By The NonProfit Times — March 23, 2015

    Some fundraisers say it all the time: “Sustainers aren’t right for my organization.” The excuses are myriad, from privacy concerns to having tried once to push a sustainer program to a focus on short-term ROI to a mission management believes don’t suit a monthly donor program.

  • “Lucky” 13 ways to make reply devices work

    By The NonProfit Times — March 23, 2015

    It’s no secret that attention spans are short. You only have a few seconds to make that connection to the donor, entice her to open your direct mail piece and send back a gift. With such a narrow margin for error, everything in the package must work double-duty to funnel the donor toward a gift, even the reply device.

  • 5 key mistakes made with donors

    By The NonProfit Times — March 17, 2015

    Quick, what’s more valuable, $15 or $150? If you answered that question correctly, you might be ready to focus on your mid-level program. But it’s not as simple as 1+1=2. In rejuvenating a lagging mid-level program, there are lots of opportunities to make mistakes.

  • 7 website elements that keep visitors

    By The NonProfit Times — March 17, 2015

    When a supporter or potential donor visits your charity’s website from a tablet or smart phone, it’s not the same experience as if they visited via a laptop or desktop. It’s important to take that into account when considering your nonprofit’s mobile website.

  • 9 ways of highlighting your ask string

    By The NonProfit Times — March 17, 2015

    Fundraisers know it’s not all about the money, it’s about the relationship. But money’s an important part. If you’re using a direct mail piece, you have to let the copy do the talking and build the relationship.

  • 4 phases of ERM implementation

    By The NonProfit Times — March 16, 2015

    Just as new challenges have caused nonprofit managers to utilize innovative approaches, the concept of enterprise risk management (ERM) requires a new kind of thinking for minimizing or handling risk.

  • Whole leadership leaves few holes

    By The NonProfit Times — March 16, 2015

    Like it or not, leadership is usually a full-time gig. It carries responsibilities, even off the clock.

  • Strengthen the Organization

    By The NonProfit Times — March 16, 2015

    Strong founders and leaders can make strong organizations that last for a long time, but the departure of a strong leader can leave an organization much weaker than just the loss of one executive. A bad transition can have repercussion far beyond a rough couple of weeks.

  • Telling your budget’s story

    By The NonProfit Times — March 10, 2015

    If you’re not careful, the budget could be the most boring part of a grant proposal. You don’t want management’s eyes glazing over while reading it or they’ll never approve the budget.

  • 6 things to know about high net worth individuals

    By The NonProfit Times — March 10, 2015

    People with a lot of money can be a great source of support for nonprofit causes. That does not mean, however, that they can be taken for granted, either as a never-ending fountain of cash or as people who know all there is to know about charitable giving.

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