Board Development, Executive Director Development and Governance
Using Board Members’ Time, Talents & Treasures
Nonprofit organizations want to strive to have the "best" board members working in tandem with staff to do their most impactful work to help the clients being served. This doesn't happen without being intentional with regard to recruiting and keeping board members engaged.Read more
What’s the Secret to a Successful Board Retreat?
Planning a Board Retreat is a lot like planning a road trip. Knowing from where you begin and to where you want to end is vital. Planning so you know where you may run into road blocks, delays, and construction make a road trip less stressful.Read more
Stop. Reflect. Lead.
You've probably heard the phrase "the cobbler's children have no shoes," which is used to describe the phenomenon where professionals are so busy with work for their own customers or clients that they neglect using their skills to help themselves or those closest to them.Read more
Financial and Risk Management
Numbers are a language like any other
Non-profit leaders devote a lot of time and effort in ensuring we use the right words to convey information. Yet how many of us outlay the same energy in our financial statements and the information they convey? Numbers are a language like any other, and, in that spirit, it is critical non-profit leaders learn this language.Read more
Anatomy of Nonprofit Financial ManagementRead more
5 Habits to Avoid Nonprofit Legal Disasters
In the world of nonprofit law, disaster scenarios are common. For example, since 2010, approximately 550,000 organizations have had their tax-exempt status revoked for failure to file the Form 990 (or 990-EZ, or 990-n, where appropriate) for 3 consecutive years.Read more
Fund Development and Communication
Research beyond Google
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of hoping that your charity will be the lucky recipient of donations from a wealthy individual. But hope is not a strategy. And if you spend your time chasing after wealthy individuals, you’ll be exhausted and probably not have much to show for it.Read more
Giving USA: Top 10 Points You Should Know
Giving USA is a publication of The Giving USA Foundation™, and is researched and written by The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Here are our top 10 takeaways from this year’s report:Read more
Writing Tips for Fundraisers
Whether you're writing a letter of inquiry, a proposal, an annual fund letter, a case statement, an interim or final report—these are some of the questions you'll want to ask yourself before your start to write.Read more
Human Resources, Leadership and Management
What does Emotional Intelligence mean?
Emotional Intelligence (EI) can be a powerful enabler for our ability to embrace change. It describes a set of emotional and social skills that collectively establish how well we: perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.Read more
Using Program Evaluation to Support Nonprofit Fundraising
Program evaluations act as accountability tools for those who might potentially give money to an organization, showing how and where the organization is most successful, and ultimately having a positive impact on fundraising.Read more
Leadership Presence – We Know It When We See It. Can We See Yours?
Leadership presence is one of the qualities people possess that we recognize almost immediately. It’s more than charisma or magnetism. Many describe it as a certain “je ne sais quoi.” Can’t quite define it, but people either have it or they don’t.Read more
Organizational Planning, Managing and Evaluation
6 Reasons Why Your Organization Needs a Crisis Communication Plan
Bad things happen to even good people and good organizations. Small nonprofits don't get a pass on crisis communication planning. Every organization should expect and prepare for the unexpected.Read more
Every organization needs a clear sense of purpose that people inside and outside of it understand. People need a strong sense of belonging. Purpose and belonging are the two key ingredients of identity. Without purpose and belonging there is no true organization.Read more
The Facilitative Leader
We all want to be part of highly performing teams. Yet so many groups get mired down in chaos and never achieve their goals. How do leaders manage group processes and inspire members to soar to new levels?
Successful leaders benefit from having facilitation skills – whether they consider themselves bona fide facilitators or not. To facilitate means to “make easy” or “ease a process.” Facilitative leaders carefully and purposefully structure meetings such that members are engaged and work together to achieve desired results.Read more