Teaming up with another organization can be exciting, nerve-wracking, productive and fulfilling. Frances Dunn Butterfoss outlined eight ways to be a good collaboration partner in her book “Ignite: Getting Your Community Coalition Fired Up for Change.”
Corporate donations, major gifts and bequests are necessary, but nonprofits rely on donors. And more donors. And more donors. Even donors who start out small are important, because they can become bigger donors over time.
The perception often is that major donors are reached only through face-to-face contact and that the Web is for middle- to low-range donors.
Mistakes, they’re part of life. In fundraising, as in life, there are mistakes, and there are MISTAKES.
Although everyone in the nonprofit sector pays lip service to good working relationships, not everyone acts on those words, and that can be especially true for relationships between paid staff and volunteers.
The old model of media distribution has changed almost beyond recognition, according to Michael Hoffman. Effective strategies for nonprofits cross all channels – traditional, social, hybrid – to present compelling content, whether video, audio, photos, infographics or text. Which channel is more important for video distribution, he said.
Good governance requires accountability and trust. Your employees need to know that if they think something’s amiss, they won’t be punished for acting on their consciences. You need to reassure your employees that they can safely point out wrongdoing, just as you need to reassure your donors that there is no malfeasance in your company.
Even with all the instant, electronic, airborne communication available, direct mail (DM) still works, and it looks as though it will keep working for a while.
When it comes to budgets, some funders take an “everything but the kitchen sink” approach, requiring grant seekers to list and justify the minutest of expenses. Other funders employ a more “impressionist” strategy, asking for a broad-stroke overview of expenses and funding sources. What is a grant seeker to do when there are no budget guidelines at all?
Landing a sponsorship can look like a dream come true for many nonprofits, and there are organizations that have done extremely well because of sponsorships.