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.
Risk management is such an acute concern that many managers, in their desire to minimize or prevent problems, actually cause them or makes easier to occur. The desire that everything go right all the time is a good one, but it can lead nonprofit managers astray.
You might call them the 7 Deadly Sins – only in reverse – and only when it comes to peer-to-peer fundraising events. OK, that’s a few caveats, but Plenty Consulting offers more than half a baker’s dozen of what it takes to have a winning peer-to-peer fundraising event.
Technology is great. We are all going to be replaced by it someday. But right now there is a very human element to it all. When people are involved, you need other perspectives.
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Vol. 29 No. 5
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