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Characteristics of Financially Healthy Nonprofits

Board Development, Executive Director Development and Governance

  • Evaluation for Impact: Board/CEO Evaluations

    Why should boards evaluate themselves? A strong, vibrant board is an indicator of a healthy organization. Board assessment should be ongoing and touch many areas of the organization.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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. 

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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.

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  • Anatomy of Nonprofit Financial Management

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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: 

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  • 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. 

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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. 

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  • Organizational Identity

    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.

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  • 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.

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