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  • It’s Becoming A Mobile-First Environment

    By The NonProfit Times — October 10, 2016

    Modern smartphones have more processing power than the Apollo space shuttles that carried astronauts to the moon so your organization might as well take advantage of it. While it’s no secret that mobile fundraising is the new frontier, fundraisers might still struggle with tweaking their message to fit into a digital, mobile world.

  • When The Buck Stops And When To Pass It

    By The NonProfit Times — October 10, 2016

    You can’t do everything yourself. There’s simply not enough hours in a day for nonprofit managers to get everything done without a little delegation. Making difficult decisions and handling the delicate balance of when and when not to delegate are two difficult tasks of an organization’s leader.

  • 8 Examples Of Leveraging Mutual Assets

    By The NonProfit Times — October 10, 2016

    Cause marketing is a partnership that can go to seed if one of the partners loses sight of the fact that the arrangement is supposed for the benefit of both.

  • Is Your Ask For A Campaign Or Institutional

    By The NonProfit Times — October 4, 2016

    Devising an effective case statement is a matter of having a clear idea of exactly what case is being made. If it’s a matter of making a case for the organization, that’s one thing. If it’s a case for a certain cause or initiative, that’s another matter.

  • 5 Ways To Get Donors Comfortable

    By The NonProfit Times — October 4, 2016

    The old adage goes “ask and you shall receive,” but is there ever a point where you’ve asked too much of your donors, making them feel that you only want their money and potentially alienating them from your cause?

  • 7 Ideas To Get Noticed By Partners

    By The NonProfit Times — October 4, 2016

    It’s no secret that every organization hopes it will become the “next big thing,” however it can be difficult to find where to start.

  • Building Trust With A Target Funder

    By The NonProfit Times — October 3, 2016

    No matter how good a grant proposal is, it won’t succeed unless the funder has confidence in the applicant organization. When you have a solid relationship with a foundation or corporate funder, your proposal is the starting point for discussion.

  • Diversity in the interviewing and onboarding process

    By The NonProfit Times — October 3, 2016

    Choosing the right person to fill a leadership role in an organization is essential to the collaboration of a team and the ongoing success of an organization. But, finding the right person can be a difficult process.
    During a recent session at the AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference, Joan Pastor, president of JPA International Inc., gave a talk entitled “The Benefits of Considering Diversity and the Importance of Succession Planning,” addressing the importance of embracing diversity in the interviewing and onboarding process for new employees in leadership positions. Some of the points she addressed were:

  • 4 Requirements For Religious Accommodation

    By The NonProfit Times — October 3, 2016

    The issue of religious diversity has become a pressing one, and not just because of demagogues whipping up hatred in pursuit of elective office.
    Many more people are becoming assertive about religious affiliation in the workplace. Balancing competing demands of workplace productivity and religious observance can be a serious concern for managers.
    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has made a wide variety of material available on its website (, including an online resource for small businesses, the Small Business Resource Center (SBRC).
    The site offers the following advice about employee requests for religious accommodation:

  • 5 Things To Know About The Bond Market

    By The NonProfit Times — September 29, 2016

    While learning about the bond market might not be as fun as watching James Bond fight bad guys and drink martinis (shaken, not stirred), understanding the appeal of your nonprofit to enter the bond market and the potential debts that may be incurred is important when first entering the capital market.


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