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6 Steps for Managing Independent Contractors...

No nonprofit executive would hire staff without performing background checks, obtaining regulatory forms and documents, confirming in writing the agreed upon salary and job specifications and submitting accurate payment information to your payroll processor. If your organization numerous programs that are funded for limited time periods and budgets, you might decide to retain the services […]

Let Your Donors Know You Love Them...

“I love her,” says the generic, square-jawed lead to open the third act of the recycled romantic comedy. “I know,” says his generic, less-chiseled friend. “But does she know?” The square-jawed lead rushes out of the apartment before it is too late. The same silly dynamic that you’ve seen in countless romantic comedies over the […]

Board Members As Fundraising Heroes...

Not all board members are the same, so it would be a wise strategy to not approach them all in the same way when it comes to fundraising. In her new book, “Nonprofit Hero: Five Easy Steps to Successful Board Fundraising,” Valerie M. Jones, CFRE, of Media, Pa.-based Valerie M. Jones Associates, breaks down the […]

Show Grant-Makers You Have Sustainability...

People generally agree that the work done by nonprofits should continue. Another area of agreement is that the work should receive financial support — from someone else. In their book “The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need,” Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox offer advice about seeking a grant at a time when everyone is […]

Get Back To The Endowment Basics...

Endowments, especially those of large universities, have come under the microscope of regulators, donors, and constituents in recent years. Despite the buzz, some in the sector still might not have a firm handle on the basics. John R. Kroll, associate vice president for finance and administration at the University of Chicago, and Jennifer Richards, senior […]

5 Methods To Make Your Staff Love You...

Is it better to be loved or feared? Michael Corleone grabbled with that question. While some bosses might prefer the latter, most would prefer their employees enjoy working for them. After all, that leads to better morale. Yet being a boss who everyone loves to work for doesn’t necessarily mean you let employees do whatever […]

5 Myth-Busting Common Accounting Traps...

They could have gotten away with it, the assumptions and practices leading your organization astray. You were buried under false beliefs and inefficient passages. If only for those meddlesome kids. Jane M. Searing and Jennifer Becker Harris, CPAs and shareholders at accounting firm Clark Nuber in Bellevue, Wash., stood in for the Scooby Gang. Instead […]

3 Steps To Addressing Financial Turmoil...

The red lights are flashing and the sirens are sounding. Seldom are nonprofit financial crises met with the same dramatic sights and sounds as a capsized ship, but the panic that sets in among organization financial professionals can come close. If such an incident were to take place at your organization, would you freeze with […]

5 Ways To Invest In Grants Professionals...

With a rock-star proposal writer on staff, why spend precious dollars priming the pump? The grant awards are rolling in and all is right with the world. But getting too comfortable with the successful status quo is risky. “Proposal development is stressful and over the years the job can wear away enthusiasm and energy,” said […]

8 Steps To An Emotional Appeal...

What worked last year might not work again this year. A fool-proof plan that you received from a peer at another organization went awry. Loyal donors are all of a sudden shuffling their priorities. Fundraising can be a volatile profession and with so much potential change year to year, it is sometimes difficult to string […]