Of all the crapshoots that come with managing a nonprofit, hiring to fill a vacancy can be one that is extremely dicey. Not every ideal-looking candidate actually works out, but in the philanthropic sector, where employees can come into contact with vulnerable populations or large sums of money, a bad hire can turn into an overnight catastrophe.
Buying insurance can be a daunting task for an individual, but getting the right insurance for a nonprofit can be especially bewildering.
Leading when everything is going according to plan can be challenging enough, but leading when things go awry can really be challenging. It can be time to innovate.
The nonprofit sector relies on surveys in a variety of ways, but simply conducting a survey it not in itself a cure-all. If the research being done via a survey is not carefully thought out or the results are useless or ignored, then the only result is likely to be wasted money.
Inconsistencies in a grant proposal are evidence of a faulty planning process, rushed writing, or carelessness. “Inconsistencies can cause the reviewer to wonder if you know what you’re doing,” said Holly Thompson, contributing editor of The Grantsmanship Center, in Los Angeles, Calif. Pay particular attention to the following elements; they’re where problems are most likely to occur.
Email is so last week that only the most lumbering of dinosaurs would use it, for anything, including fundraising.
In any endeavor that involves bringing in money, the temptation is to make as much as possible as fast as possible. It is understandable, but it can lead to decisions that hurt over the long run.
Because knowledge is power (or just a good idea in fundraising), many organizations conduct extensive research and design comprehensive surveys for donors to take.
Ask nonprofit professionals about the process of applying for grants and you’ll hear some common responses. It’s exhausting. It seems repetitive and never ending. There’s always another deadline and never enough time. The grind of preparing and submitting proposal after proposal can lead to procrastination and burnout — both of which make things worse.
As the world, and nonprofit operations, become more complex, the makeup of a tax-exempt board takes on added importance. Gone are the days when a friend of a friend who happens to be available can fill a seat at the table.
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