Giving by individuals was up more than 6 percent during 2014 and another 4.1 percent for 2015, according to Giving USA. Donors gave more of their disposable incomes than before the Great Recession.
Work done by staff members and volunteers at all nonprofits impacts the world and creates change. It’s the stories of that change that inspire others to get involved and support the organization’s mission.
Government aid to nonprofits still exists, but obtaining a grant by taking a seat-of-the-pants approach is a surefire path to rejection.
Many people outside the executive office might not be aware of this, but good leaders know that they have to be resilient. No matter how many plans are made, or how well-thought-out they are, things happen that can make a hash of preparation.
When hiring, promoting or grooming for succession, it is always possible to let bias interfere with good practice, even unintentionally. That is why the people responsible for making decisions in those areas must be aware of biases, personal or institutional.
It is essential to reflect on goals and aspirations when taking steps to establish yourself in a career. It is also vital to deeply examine potential employers.
Anyone who has ever given a speech knows the agony of wanting to make sure everything goes right, including going through a checklist of questions to ask or points to cover.
Board procedures are a matter of routine for most organizations, with little change from one ear to the next.
Getting donors to give is a good thing, and getting them to give again is even better. And again, better yet.
Empowering employees to be engaged in your organization has a simple solution – volunteering.
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!