Tax-exempt status is a form of governmental recognition of the work that nonprofit organizations, including religious institutions, do every day. It carries certain obligations, however, and for ministries the obligation can include preserving a perfectly clean image.
Fundraising isn’t easy. It is also a team sport. First though, people need to know they are on the revenue-generation team.
Nonprofit leaders know that generosity is the lifeblood of nonprofit endeavors, but they also know that generosity is not limited to money, not that money hurts.
Anything that interferes with a reader’s first-pass comprehension of a grant proposal detracts from its competitiveness. “There are many ways to damage the clarity of a proposal’s narrative,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “Grant seekers know they’ve got to avoid typographical and grammatical errors, but may not understand the danger of acronyms.”
People usually donate to religious causes or institutions out of conviction. That high-minded intent does not insulate religious entities from scrutiny by such bodies as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Networking can be extremely helpful for individual and for organization, but many people who appreciate the necessity for networking find that their personality and temperament make them indifferent, if not hostile, to the concept.
When nonprofit manager examine the organization, they need to know how to look. In his book “The Social Profit Handbook,” David Grant offers advice about rubrics to utilize when putting an assessment initiative in place.
This is only a test, but that does not mean taking no action. Testing can be applied in a variety of ways, and results of testing can be applied in many places across the fundraising spectrum
Problems are best handled if they are prevented from ever becoming problems. That’s easy to say, but trying to install system-wide quality can be a better approach than dealing with each disaster as it arises, even if it looks like more work.
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!
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May 1, 2016Table Of Contents
Vol 30 No. 6