Eliminating waste and abuse in a means of both running an organization efficiently and preserving public trust. In “Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations,” Gary M. Grobman reviews eight methods of being proactive in preventing waste, fraud and abuse in an organization.
In the effort to make big donors bigger or land new donors or reclaim lapsed donors, it can be easy to overlook an important source of support: existing members. They are there, and they are willing to help, but they cannot just be taken for granted. In addition, they can also be a source of upgraded donation levels.
Requesting gifts throughout the year can be a challenge for any nonprofit fundraiser. When it is time to ask for major gifts, those challenges can be magnified.
Hollywood movers and shakers have learned the value of telling a good story well (or even telling a bad story well), and that value is big.
With donations serving as the lifeblood of an organization, when a donor stops giving it could be cause to hit the panic alarm.
Though many nonprofit organizations have been founded on principles and ideals, they are not immune to common ethics issues.
The most essential step in securing a gift is asking for one. Once a potential donor is identified, the key becomes finding the right person or team to make the ask.
Great service is always expected by the finest hotels and restaurants, but by great nonprofits? Absolutely, according to Pamela Grow. The fundraising coach and consultant writes in the recently published “The Essential Fundraising Handbook for Small Nonprofits,” that nonprofits too should strive to provide exemplary service, i.e., stewardship, to their donors. She recommended a few ideas that can foster great service:
Using first responders in a fundraising campaign can get a heartfelt response from donors, but just putting an untrained person on the phone and saying “Let ‘er rip” will have about the same effect on fundraising that sending them on an emergency without training will have on lifesaving.
Once the ink on the grant award dries, a swarm of start-up tasks sends staff off and running–sometimes, unfortunately, in the wrong direction. “Too often organizations look around after six months and find that program implementation is off track,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center, in Los Angeles, Calif. “If you want to stay on track, don’t start running. Get organized.”
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