If a board meeting is concluded without any of the members throwing chairs at one another, the night is often seen as a success. That’s one way of looking at board meetings, but many people in the nonprofit sector think that boards should aspire to more. Much of the responsibility rests with the chair, and that goes beyond riding herd around the meeting table.
Nonprofits traditionally rely heavily on volunteers. But, recent court cases involving interns and paid and unpaid positions in a variety of settings make the use of non-employee help a tricky one.
As Tom Mix and the cowpokes knew, a good brand means more than the burn on the cowhide.
Volunteer board members are not required to be involved in fundraising but it sure can help. In fact, Gayle Gifford, ACFRE, president of Providence, R.I-.based fundraising firm Cause & Effect, wrote in “The Essential Fundraising Handbook for Small Nonprofits,” a fundraisers’ checklist for working with board members:
Grant proposal writing requires thoughtfulness and precision. “Your grant proposal is a reflection not only of your organization’s ideas, approaches, and effectiveness, but also of its professionalism,” said Holly Thompson, contributing editor for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Although Twitter is by now an established form of communication, in many ways it is still undergoing a period of trial and error. Many people tweet, but often they are still stumbling about in their efforts to get the best results from their tweetings.
Employee newsletters can be effective ways of keeping the workforce focused and energized, or they can add to the employee’s recycling pile at home. How can an organization make internal newsletters a positive force in the life of workers?
If you’re looking to build its mobile list for your organization, there are a few key things to remember, but most importantly: don’t forget your call to action.
There are networks, and there are networks. The assumption by most people is that all networking is by entities having everything in common, and for nonprofits that means sharing the same vision on the same issues.
There’s cost, and then there’s cost. Any executive, in a nonprofit or for-profit setting, faces pressures that make immediate considerations appear to be the only considerations.