Are you spending most of your time meeting deadlines while other essential — but not deadline-driven — tasks go wanting? With a full to-do list, getting out each grant proposal on time usually becomes the urgent matter that drives a grant professional’s days.
Fundraisers need to be on the alert for changes in trends anywhere in the world, and that includes the Middle East, where fundraising might not have seemed like a worthwhile project early in this century.
Most people would rather have a long, slow root canal performed on them than make an type of IT transition. But, it has to be done and there are things to consider before you do it.
The bottom line is money. You can have the best mission but cash is your ten, jack, queen, king and ace. Finance has to be at the top of the agenda when developing organizational strategies.
Even a hint of abuse of children can be disastrous for a nonprofit, and most organizations have come to adopt comprehensive approaches to dealing with the issue.
Many people have nothing but fear and loathing of change, but waving a cross or handful of garlic is generally not viewed as a reliable means of preventing change or handling it when it comes along. Neither is “We realize now, but we didn’t then, that …”
Most nonprofit executives are aware of the need to include board members in fundraising, either through their own donations or solicitations of friends and business associates. Many such managers approach the task by making up the process as they go along.
Hold on to your seats, but rich people give a lot of money to nonprofit organizations.
Are your board members visionaries? They should be, said Roxanna Trivitt and Jean Anne Zappa of Shively Area Ministries. They’re the ones with the 30,000-foot view of your organization. They’re the ones who can look down the road to where the organization and its mission will be five, 10, or 20 years from now.
Like many worthwhile lessons, financial information can have a value in inverse proportion to listeners’ interest in it. Regardless of interest, however, financial information is important, and it is important for nonprofit staffers at all levels to have some idea of the organization’s financial situation.
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