Management Tips

Tracking North Star Leads To Sustainability Goals

October 5, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Wanted — sustainable air to breathe, water to drink and soil for growing crops. They are as American as apple pie, as desirable as helping elderly ladies cross the street. In his book “Strategy for Sustainability,” however, Adam Werbach preaches the values of sustainability as more than catchy-sounding words about our environment, but as being able to continue in perpetuity, staying in business forever, as it were.

Beating Risk By Holding Strong Opinions Weakly

October 5, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Imagine that organizational risk was forecastable in a similar manner as an approaching storm. The opportunity to see issues coming ahead of time might help your organization prepare and batten down the hatches. Such forecasting might be possible via workshopping with organizational experts.

10 Brainstorming Rules For Fundraising

October 3, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky was celebrating smashing her own world record for Women’s 400-meter freestyle a full four seconds before the silver medal finisher touched the wall. Other swimmers in the same events are often thrilled when they can even see Ledecky’s feet when competing against her. You want your organization’s campaigns to perform similarly.

Getting Serious About Sustaining And Proving Impact

October 3, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Grant awards are investments in change, and funders want to make a good investment. They don’t want to throw money away on programs that will cease to produce impact the minute the grant money runs out. “Sustainability doesn’t relate to the program activities,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “It relates to continuing impact. Think of it as ongoing dividends paid on the funder’s initial investment.”

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.