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Performance Evaluations Shouldn’t Be Uncomfortable...

Performance evaluations for employees can be a pretty uncomfortable task, especially if the evaluation is unfavorable. A lot of managers would rather avoid them altogether but that’s not an option. Luckily, there are ways to make these meetings less tense for both sides. According to Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem in “The Big Book of […]

Study Shows Affluent Americans Changed Giving Behavior...

Americans’ generosity didn’t waver during the 2020 phrase of the COVID-19 pandemic but there were dramatic shifts in behavior. Near 90% of affluent Americans gave to charity during 2020 and 47% donating to charitable organizations or financially supported individuals or businesses in direct response to the pandemic.   The behavioral shifts were seen in an […]

Writing the Proposal, The Hourglass Method...

You’ve submitted a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and been invited to follow up with a full proposal. Now it’s time to actually write the thing. Here’s a system for making sure that your proposal is inclusive, accurate and compelling. It takes a little time but it’s worth it. Start with a call for input from […]

Federal Judge Rejects NRA Bankruptcy Filing...

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has made progress to correct past and present misconduct but a bankruptcy court judge stopped short of appointing a trustee because it can pay its creditors and continue to improve governance and internal controls. In a 38-page ruling handed down in U.S Bankruptcy Court’s Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, […]

Grants: Wait. What Is That Word?...

It’s tempting to slip into “specialized terminology” when we’re writing to potential funders from deep inside your own work. Grant writers who forget fluid communication is key to success can develop a nasty case of jargonitis. Your proposals and your organization are better served when you force yourself to be clear and precise. Find more […]

Nonprofits Reluctant to Raid Investments for Short-Term Needs...

Nonprofit leaders often use investments to supplement their revenue. But the holdings in an organization’s portfolios aren’t necessarily intended for the large, quick fixes increasingly required as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Among organizations with investment holdings, 94% of financial managers view them as having long-term horizons, and 78% plan to maintain their portfolios […]

2020: What Really Happened With Donors...

Donor mobility fueled a 5.2% increase in giving, both adding dollars and also moving them around to targeted causes. COVID-19 and social unrest were key factors in the uptick in giving, as expected. Those are among points of the debriefing found in the new report “Giving in Unprecedented Times” from GivingTuesday Data Commons, with more […]

When Less Might Be More...

Great writers agree. It’s harder to write short than write long. Mark Twain said: “A two-hour presentation, I am ready today. . . A five-minute speech will take two weeks to prepare.” Thoreau said: “Not that the story needs be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”  Just because a […]

Male To Female Ratio On Boards Impacts Pay...

Women earn 8.9% less than men at nonprofit organizations with the gap becoming greater when there is room for salary negotiations. Women close some of the gap if there are more woman on the organization’s board. The paper, “Negotiation and Executive Gender Pay Gaps in Nonprofit Organizations,” was accepted for publication in the Review of Accounting Studies. […]

Former CEO Going To Prison...

The former chief executive of a nonprofit in Connecticut is facing a long prison sentence after admitting to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization. Michael Meakem, 59, of Norwich, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty in federal court in New Haven, Conn., to one count of wire fraud stemming […]