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Meet Carla. Carla is a prime donor for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada, better known stateside as Doctors Without Borders. She is well-educated, lives in a Canadian metropolis, is age 55 or older, and is either employed full time or retired. Carla is not a real person.
No one escapes the wrath of Doug White in his written overview of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) fiasco earlier this year. The organization, its board, major media organizations, former employees and so-called whistle-blowers, former executives, charity evaluators, and even the Department of Defense all had some part to play. In the end, he still suggests that the five members who served on the board at the time should quit.
The National Vietnam Veterans Foundation (NVVF) is no more. The organization’s former president in under internal review by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs NVVF came under the microscope in May, when a CNN investigation showed that less than 2 percent of organizational revenue was going toward charitable causes. The organization’s demise was first reported by CNN this week, with an employee quoted as saying that NVVF President J. Thomas Burch, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), had resigned and the organization had closed operations.
The National Vietnam Veterans Foundation (NVVF) is no more. The organization’s former president in under internal review by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), one of the fastest growing charities in the country the past decade, announced a reorganization that reduced its workforce by 15 percent – including cutting almost half its executive staff – while adding positions in “areas essential to its mission.”
Mark Perkins has been tasked with righting the ship at software as a service fundraising firm Kimbia. Perkins has taken command of the Austin, Texas-based online firm as chief executive officer.
You’ve spent hours perfecting the copy for your fundraising email. You have a great case for support and a clear request for a contribution. However, even the world’s best copy will fail if the email doesn’t get opened. And no matter how much your donors care about your cause, they will walk away if the post-donation experience isn’t positive.
Mailers might be getting more bang for their buck come January as weight caps on standard and first class commercial mail are expected to increase, according to a United State Postal Service (USPS) proposal.
In an effort to promote trustworthiness and transparency by nonprofits, the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (WGA) is wagging its finger at some of the nation’s largest charities that have not provided information requested by the charity evaluator. The Arlington, Va.-based WGA today released a top 10 list of what it deemed “red flag charities.”
Tim Kachuriak’s first digital experiment came with the George W. Bush Presidential Library. He was playing around with a message for support and tested nearly identical messages, one asking readers to “stand with President and Mrs. Bush,” the other offering the reader to be a “charter member” of the library.
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!