While the eulogy may be written and the gravestone carved, wait just a moment before you start playing that funeral dirge, because direct mail is not dead. While anyone who is anyone has been predicting the end of direct mail, the Internet has not entirely usurped direct mail as the primary way that nonprofits attract and maintain donors.
Creating a relationship with your corporate sponsors is like building a burrito: you can’t put one thing in it and call it a day, especially if the ingredient is gassy.
Nonprofit boards have placed a focus on leadership training and succession planning for organizational executives in recent years. Board chairs, themselves, might be in need of some on-the-job training.
Any employer can struggle to meet governmental regulations regarding exempt employees: those who are not entitled to overtime (OT) pay for work done outside the normal hours. As nonprofit organizations struggle to do more with less, they often have to find innovative ways to get the best use of the talents and energy of employees.
While everyone wanted to be the line leader in kindergarten and Simon in “Simon Says,” many of us lose the desire to be the person others look towards as we grow older. Positive leadership makes or breaks an organization. Having the right people who know when to step up and when to let others be in charge creates more cooperation and more successful campaigns in the long run.
While nonprofit work isn’t all slaying dragons and saving princesses, your donor wants to think it is. Telling good stories helps your organization retain donors and have concrete evidence of the impact you’re making every day.
Many news outlets will write about millennials as if they are explorers documenting newly-discovered species, observing every action with bewilderment. Appealing to the sought-after generation known as millennials, however, is mostly common sense and not as hard as it seems.
Membership means benefits. Whether you’re eight years old and want to join the Boy Scouts to roast marshmallows on camping trips or 58-years-old buying a membership package to your local theater, membership means giving something to get something in return. Are you offering your members enough incentive to stick around?
Choosing the right financial dashboard can seem as complicated and time-consuming as finding “the one.” But, with an idea of the qualities you’re searching for in a financial dashboard, you can have a clearer idea of your “type,” narrowing down the field to only the true contenders for your organization.
Creating a simple, timeless approach to your fundraising and marketing is as simple as matching your shoes with your belt, probably.
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!