Management Tips

A Timeless Fundraising Strategy That Also Looks Good

November 29, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Just as spring cleaning helps to clear out old clothes, clutter, and cobwebs from your closet, the same can be applied for your nonprofit organization. During a session at the Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraisking Conference in National Harbor, Md., Janice Raeber, Gina Fromme, and Megan Nichols discussed how they applied style advice from the 1970s to the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services Foundation. In “The Capsule Wardrobe,” the trio discussed how to apply the idea of a capsule wardrobe to fundraising and marketing to create a clear, streamlined approach.

6 Ideas for Soliciting Gifts From African-Americans

November 29, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Discussions regarding challenges of fundraising within the African American community have always boiled down to the lack of an ask. African Americans support causes and are a prime targets for fundraisers. In her book “Diversity and Philanthropy” Lilya Wagner offers advice for fundraisers who might work with African American causes and donors. That includes:

Establish Acceptable Use Policies For Employees Online

November 28, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Employee viewing of porn sites can be troubling for many reasons, not the least of which is that accessing such a site through an employer’s equipment or network can leave the entire system vulnerable to cyberattack. And if it isn’t porn, it’s probably Facebook (which might involve its own kind of porn).

Subcontracting Part Of Your Grant Award

November 28, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

It’s rare for one organization to have the muscle and reach to tackle all aspects of a complex problem. Nonprofits must often bring in expertise from partner organizations to develop programs with sufficient depth and geographic range to produce impact. When the workload will be shared significantly, grant funding associated with the work must also be shared. That’s where subcontracts come in.

What motivates the wealthy to share?

November 28, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Donors with high net worth want to see how their gift makes a difference, in fact more than 72 percent of them said so in recent philanthropy study conducted by the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.

Speed Dating With Corporate Partners

November 22, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Trying to obtain a corporate sponsorship can feel a little like a first date: exchanging pleasantries and asking what they do, all while trying to figure out if this is someone you could see yourself with long-term. While trying to find the perfect corporate sponsor, there are a few simple tips you can follow to ensure the first date goes well and leads to wedding bells sooner rather than later.

Diversity Changing Fundraising Methods

November 22, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

The changing culture of America has created a wave of change in the nature of donors and their expectations of an organization.

Something Really Smells (Or Doesn’t)

November 22, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Nonprofits don’t have a choice — they have to use social media. Their only choice is how well they’ll do it.

7 Dos and Don’ts of Online Surveys

November 21, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

How do you know your nonprofit is meeting its mission? There are a lot of ways to get useful information that you can use to measure your success. One of the simplest — both to carry out and analyze — is an online survey.

4 Processes For Uncertain Decision-Making

November 21, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Despite the desire of many to believe in fixed, never-changing certainties, we live in an age of uncertainty. Just when we think we have things figured out, something comes along that was completely unexpected, something that sprang from, or will cause, uncertainty.