It takes a lot to run a humanitarian organization, but Wayne Elsey, founder and chief executive of Soles4Souls, a nonprofit providing footware to people in need, has come up with 12 ideas that he says he has put into practice and that he suggests can make nonprofits work. They are:
The chief determining factor in deciding if an individual is a disqualified person under the Immediate Sanctions heading of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is that a person is in a position to exercise “substantial influence” over the affairs of the organization.
Don’t stymie your grant proposal efforts by underestimating or overestimating the difficulty of the process. According to Holly Thompson, contributing editor for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif., two misconceptions are common:
Planned giving campaigns require a lot of work and preparation, including forming a committee. Just having a committee is not enough, because problems and mistakes can actually cause harm rather than just not working to maximum benefit.
More nonprofits are turning to sustainer programs lately, and they are finding them to be especially helpful for fundraising and even visibility.
The opportunity is clear. The goal is firm. All the information has been assembled. Everyone is ready and raring to go. Now what?
In the never-ending quest to get board members who do more than just attend meetings, managers have tried tactics from obvious, slobbering flattery to, well, not-so-obvious, slobbering flattery.
It is said that youth is wasted on the young, but it could be that, in the nonprofit sector, opportunities to harness the vigor of youth are being wasted.
“Going viral” goes just fine as long as it works in favor of the people doing the viraling. When things go virally wrong, however, they go really wrong.
Nonprofits are saddled with reporting requirements on the impact of their efforts, especially human service groups. They receive less, are asked to do more and then receive even less because they allegedly aren’t doing enough with what little they have — or they receive less because they are not reporting their impact.