Management Tips

Andy Warhol And Nonprofit Workplace Safety

October 2, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Workplace safety is a managerial task that is easy to overlook. It is seldom top-of-mind until an accident happens. It is difficult to monitor and often dry to think about and map out. Perhaps the answer is to take an artist’s approach.

6 Tips To Approaching Ethical Conundrums

October 2, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

It’s a hard scenario to avoid. An incoming donation just doesn’t feel right and, before you know it, a tiny white angel appears on your right shoulder followed by a little, red, horned figure on your left. What are you to do?

Housekeeping For Clean And Tidy Proposals

September 26, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Developing grant proposals is a fast paced, make-a-difference profession with the allure of bringing in big dollars that make a big difference. But doing it well is not all about high-level organizing, lofty thinking, and brilliant writing. “There are many mundane, but absolutely necessary tasks in this work,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “You’ve also got to make your bed and wash your bowl.”

6 Tips For 30-Day Crowdfunding Campaigns

September 19, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

What do Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” have in common? They can both be spruced up with a bit of effectively organized crowdfunding, a fundraising method built on reeling in a large number of small donations over a short period of time.

Installed Vs. Hosted – What’s The Difference?

September 18, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

A growing number of donor management systems are hosted entirely online, and accessible via a web browser. In this model, sometimes called Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), or using an application “in the cloud,” you pay a software vendor to provide online access to the software. The software and all your data are stored on the vendor’s servers. You don’t have to purchase any hardware, the vendor handles software updates and data backups, and your staff can access the system from anywhere there’s an internet connection.

5 Ideas For Motivating And Managing

September 13, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Motivating and managing staff are no easy tasks. They quite literally require plugging into staff members’ brains to tap into logic, emotion, and other motivating factors.

Keeping Employees By Interviewing Them

September 13, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Timing is everything, and time is something of which managers have precious little.

Get Others To Tell Your Story

September 12, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 10 years, you already know that storytelling is an important gizmo in your nonprofit toolbox. Communications, marketing and fundraising teams have become master storytellers. It’s time to turn the microphone around and let our die-hard fans become passionate spokespeople for our organizations.

There Is ‘Method’ To Funding Madness

September 11, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

The purpose of a grant proposal is to convince a funder that the situation you plan to address is significant and the change you plan to achieve (aka outcomes or result) is meaningful. The methods you’ll use to achieve the change are only a means to an end. They only matter to the extent that they’re capable of producing outcomes.

Clarity, Conclusions, Decisions In 6 Steps

September 11, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

What is critical thinking, and why do you need it? Critical thinking, explains Michael Kallet in Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills (John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2014), explains that critical thinking is thinking — but in a different way.