Nonprofits have found that allowing user-generated content can be very helpful as a way to spread the word and to fundraise. Such a step, as with any involving the Internet, can also carry risks.
Nonprofit executives face so many challenges that a typical day can be yet another decision of which chainsaws to juggle and which to leave aside. It can be tempting to overlook that chainsaw of financial management.
A letter of inquiry (LOI) is the first chance to make a good impression on a funder, so take the time to get it right. “Make your LOI clear and energetic,” according to Holly Thompson, contributing editor for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles. “You don’t have a lot of room to make your case, so make every sentence count.”
Motivating volunteers can be as important as motivating paid staff. And, it’s not just executives who are responsible but staff members can help, too.
More is good, and more more is better. And, more, more, more is even better.
Accepting the fact that fraud will happen is a big part of, ideally, preventing it or, more practically, minimizing the damage if it does occur.
Avoiding trouble on the federal Form 990 regarding compensation is often a matter of just making sure that I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed, small things rather than huge gaps. It can be extremely difficult to emerge from a governmental cloud, and especially frustrating if that cloud falls because of a small clerical error.
Although the very word “committee” can send people running for the exits, they are necessary in many areas of nonprofit operations. One such area is audits.
Individuals have their own styles about doing things, from the most public to the most personal.
The demands of running a nonprofit can obscure the need to be a part of the community, to fulfill mission.