As more and more nonprofit managers learn that risk is not something confined to the entity known as “Someone Else,” they might find that their own risk-prevention and risk-management policies are inadequate for modern-day contingencies.
The need to draw people to a compelling story through interesting visual devices is well known in the nonprofit sector, so well known that the visual attraction has often overshadowed the story.
By now the cloud has become the storage haven for countless individuals and organizations. Ease of access and freedom from costly upgrades or repairs are usually counted among the chief benefits from cloud computing.
Results for America, an initiative of America Achieves that works to improve outcomes for young people, their families and communities by emphasizing data and evidence, and The Bridgespan Group released a paper highlighting the nation’s best cities at using data and evidence to get better results for their citizens. “Geek Cities: How Smarter Use of Data and Evidence Can Improve Lives” reports on a new focus in local governments.
Throwing together the budget section of a grant proposal at the last minute causes problems and, unfortunately, happens all too often. Some grantseekers agonize over the narrative, but treat the budget as “just another attachment” that won’t get much scrutiny. Others shy away from numbers, avoiding the dreaded budget section until the deadline is upon them.
Committees, such as those for planned giving, usually begin with a burst of fervor but often veer off course or collapse under their own weight.
Stewardship is a feel-good term that floats around the nonprofit sector, usually honored more in the breach than in the observance.
One manager will react differently from another when presented the same problem, such as public relations disasters. There might be differences, but when it comes to a public relations headache, a response is necessary, if involuntary.
Organizations devote attention to drawing and keeping the best talent, but many fall flat when it comes to managing employees in such a way as to get the very best out of them, and thus get the very best out of the organization.
That good ol’ Form 990 just seems to get more baffling each year, and nonprofit executives have all they can do just to keep up with the changes, which are usually one step ahead of them.