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  • 6 Ideas That Ensure Your Message Is Heard

    By The NonProfit Times — November 1, 2016

    If every action has an equal opposite reaction, what’s your organization’s reaction plan when the media shines a spotlight on your cause? Having a plan in place ensures that your message gets heard, increasing donations and visibility.

  • Beware the Rogue Grant Proposal

    By The NonProfit Times — November 1, 2016

    If your organization doesn’t have strict protocols in place for the development and submission of grant proposals, you risk the possibility of rogue funding requests flying out the door. Unless there are well established guidelines for the process, enthusiastic staff members can unintentionally stir up a hornet’s nest of complications by unilaterally applying for grants.

  • Adding An “A” To “RFM”

    By The NonProfit Times — November 1, 2016

    Those lapsed donors, so close yet so far, so tantalizing, so frustrating.
    Bringing backed lapsed donors can pay off big, but sometimes fundraisers look at the effort and wonder if it is worth all the trouble. It can be, if it is done intelligently.

  • 5 Insights To The Other Person’s Perspective

    By Darryl — October 31, 2016

    It’s common to wish you could read the other party’s mind when you’re negotiating. Understanding the social and nonverbal cues of the person is the next best thing and is the key to better understanding their perspective and sealing the deal.

  • Making An Offer They Can’t Refuse

    By The NonProfit Times — October 31, 2016

    Donors want to give, but they want to give because they want to do good in one way or another.

  • Via The Mobile Revolution

    By The NonProfit Times — October 31, 2016

    Ding! While hearing your cell phone go off every thirty seconds can get under anyone’s skin, it is truly a sign of the mobile world we are now living in, and smart nonprofit leaders will readily embrace it.

  • Communication Takes A Lot Of Listening

    By The NonProfit Times — October 27, 2016

    Are you talking to your staff every day or close to it? More importantly, are you hearing what they’re saying back? When fostering leadership within an organization, it is essential to analyze and break down silos that interfere with open communication and collaboration.

  • Basic Design For Financial Reporting

    By The NonProfit Times — October 27, 2016

    With all of the attention-grabbing techno tools available for documents, reports and presentations, it is tempting to load a “paper” with a huge array of charts, graphs, cartoons and clever uses of bright colors.
    They can help convey the message, but used injudiciously they can also detract from it.

  • 9 Things To Consider For Disability Accommodations

    By The NonProfit Times — October 27, 2016

    Nonprofit managers are often very attuned to disabilities and the talents disabled people can bring to the workforce. Unfortunately, that awareness does not always translate into easy provision of accommodations for those employees.

  • Putting Donors’ ‘DUXs’ In A Row

    By The NonProfit Times — October 25, 2016

    The average email user only opens 14 percent of fundraising emails they receive. Are your emails being opened, or tossed straight into the digital trash bin, never seeing the light of day?


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