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Management Tips

  • 10 questions for the board-staff alliance

    By The NonProfit Times — August 7, 2014

    The tough part of establishing a strong board-CEO/staff relationship lies in making that happen, and in his book “The Board Game” William R. Mott presents 10 questions a board must address to build the strongest possible alliance.

  • 7 steps to brevity and completeness

    By The NonProfit Times — August 7, 2014

    Say everything necessary. Don’t say anything unnecessary.

  • 5 things to do if the proposal is not funded

    By The NonProfit Times — August 5, 2014

    To have a grant proposal rejected is disappointing, but it’s not the end of the organization or the proposal writer’s career. “Your job is to plan a strong program, prepare a competitive proposal, and submit it to an appropriate funder,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Trouble and disarray brought about change

    By The NonProfit Times — August 5, 2014

    When Matt Panos arrived at Feed the Children as its chief development officer in June 2012, the organization was, by his own admission, in disarray. “There were only four remaining board members,” said Panos. “The founder left under difficult circumstances. There had been four years of declining revenue. We had bad customer service, both internal and external, and retention was well below industry standards. The 90s called and wanted their website back.”

  • Valuing your gift-in-kind contributions

    By The NonProfit Times — August 5, 2014

    The worth of an item or service is clear in the business world: whatever people will pay for it.

  • 4 major presentation mistakes

    By The NonProfit Times — August 4, 2014

    As any savvy eater knows, a beautiful presentation on a plate is very nice, but it doesn’t amount to much if the food is lousy. So it is with presentations in the business/nonprofit world: People often have to make them, and they want to make them as eye-appealing as possible.

  • 8 tips about reserves

    By The NonProfit Times — August 4, 2014

    An organization’s financial reserves are a discrete subset of its net liquid assets. They are a distinct pool of assets that an organization can access to mitigate the impact of unbudgeted, undesirable financial events and/or pursue opportunities of strategic importance that may arise in the future.

  • 20 lessons from a hiring debacle

    By The NonProfit Times — August 4, 2014

    In his book “The Board Game” William R. Mott illustrates lessons that were learned due to the resignation of the head of a private school. Mott wrote that these have wider nonprofit implications.

  • 5 ways to acquire monthly donors in the mail

    By The NonProfit Times — July 29, 2014

    Monthly giving donors give more and stick around longer. If your organization doesn’t have a sustainer program, it might be time to start one. Consultant Erica Waasdorp has five tips for both new and established programs seeking to acquire new sustainers through direct mail in her book, “Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant.”

  • 5 benefits of your branding efforts

    By The NonProfit Times — July 29, 2014

    Even on the best days, work in a nonprofit can feel like a never-ending uphill battle against forces that not only don’t weaken but multiply and become stronger.

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