Sponsorships generally mean that there is something of value for all participants, the person writing the check and the nonprofit receiving it. These are business deals, and they must be viewed as such from the very beginning.
Of course every nonprofit employee is a dedicated worker who could never do anything wrong on the job. The reality, of course, is quite different, and at the 2014 Nonprofit Risk Summit, Frank M. Pawlak, an attorney with more than 30 years representing management in labor and employment law, discussed the unfortunate topic of workplace investigations.
The explosion in the use of social media is driving the workplace into a larger arena in the debate over free speech and employee rights and creating new concerns for human resource executives at nonprofit organizations.
Dr. John Snow mapped the cases of cholera in London’s Soho neighborhood in 1854, thereby tracing the source of the outbreak, and inspiring reform in water and waste management in London and beyond. Deemed the “father of modern epidemiology,” Snow saved countless lives through his data visualization.
When you’re fighting hard on behalf of the people or things for which your organization stands, you must be able to trust those fighting by your side. “You can deal with staff members who turn out to be scoundrels so long as you stick like glue to your organization’s personnel policies,” according to Barbara Floersch, director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Tom Gaffny was giving Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, hosts of the hit television show Mythbusters, a run for their money during the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation’s 2015 Washington Nonprofit Conference. Gaffny, who owns an eponymous fundraising consultancy in Wellesley, Mass., busted some myths of his own during the session.
The case statement is the building block of your organization, but particularly in your organization’s plan to move people to make donations.
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.
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.
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.
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