Management Tips

Building Capacity Through Networks

October 19, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Alan Collins, former vice president of HR at Pepsi and Quaker Oats and author of Unwritten HR Rules, once said, “Pulling a good network together takes effort, sincerity and time.” The results are well worth it.

9 Ways To Make Major Giving Happen Online

October 17, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

If you think that major donors rely solely on face-to-face interactions when making giving decisions, you may want to reconsider the idea. They often rely on the Internet to conduct research on charitable organizations, their programs and how well they are fulfilling their missions.

Whose Job is It, Anyway?

October 17, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

In small nonprofits, it’s not unusual for one staff person to handle the entire grants process. These lonely grant professionals design programs, decide whether to enter competitions, represent the organization in community meetings and partnerships, develop budgets, and submit the proposals with little oversight.

Reboot Your Definition of a Grant Award

October 16, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

If you want to understand how to work most effectively with funders, you’ll probably need to reboot your definition of a grant award. Most grantseekers define a grant award as the money a funder gives their organization in response to a grant proposal. “That’s true,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calilf. “But if you limit yourself to that definition, you’ll limit your effectiveness as a change-maker and also be less successful in winning grants.” Money is involved in the grants transaction, but the transaction is not about the money.

3 Essential Cyber Security Protections

October 16, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

One need only read the news on a given day to appreciate the persistent threat cyber attacks pose on nonprofits and society at large. With so many external actors present, it is incumbent on organizations to be proactive in prevention when possible.

When Foundation Grants Are A Match For Federal Grants

October 10, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

There’s a huge difference between managing a grant from a private foundation and managing one from the federal government. When private funders don’t have specific requirements, adhering to generally accepted accounting practices and preparing periodic reports on expenditures and program implementation and impact is good enough.

Tracking North Star Leads To Sustainability Goals

October 5, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Wanted — sustainable air to breathe, water to drink and soil for growing crops. They are as American as apple pie, as desirable as helping elderly ladies cross the street. In his book “Strategy for Sustainability,” however, Adam Werbach preaches the values of sustainability as more than catchy-sounding words about our environment, but as being able to continue in perpetuity, staying in business forever, as it were.

Beating Risk By Holding Strong Opinions Weakly

October 5, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Imagine that organizational risk was forecastable in a similar manner as an approaching storm. The opportunity to see issues coming ahead of time might help your organization prepare and batten down the hatches. Such forecasting might be possible via workshopping with organizational experts.

10 Brainstorming Rules For Fundraising

October 3, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky was celebrating smashing her own world record for Women’s 400-meter freestyle a full four seconds before the silver medal finisher touched the wall. Other swimmers in the same events are often thrilled when they can even see Ledecky’s feet when competing against her. You want your organization’s campaigns to perform similarly.

Getting Serious About Sustaining And Proving Impact

October 3, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Grant awards are investments in change, and funders want to make a good investment. They don’t want to throw money away on programs that will cease to produce impact the minute the grant money runs out. “Sustainability doesn’t relate to the program activities,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “It relates to continuing impact. Think of it as ongoing dividends paid on the funder’s initial investment.”