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The Value in Involving Your Team in the Hiring Process for executive directors professional development relationship building

By Katherine Spinney, ACC, MT, MSW

Since I was nine, I have had some type of paid work. From newspaper delivery to babysitting to nonprofit executive-ing, I have had more jobs than most people have in a lifetime - which means I have gone through countless different hiring processes along the way....

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How to Rebuild Public Trust Amidst the Negative Organizational Effects of COVID-19 communications for executive directors

Every nonprofit I know has suffered greatly under COVID-19. As revenues declined and expenses went up, many nonprofits have had to reduce services. There may be people who were getting services who aren’t now. Or people aren’t receiving the same level of services as they did before....

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How to Set Good Revenue Goals Amidst COVD-19 development planning financial management for executive directors

In some nonprofits, the fundraising goal is determined by a budget deficit. Expenses are set first, then committed revenues are put in. The deficit is the fundraising goal for the year. For other nonprofits, the annual fundraising goal is last year’s budget increased by whatever percentage....

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How to Rebuild Your Nonprofit’s Finances During COVID-19 financial management for executive directors

We’ve all been hit hard by COVID. Every nonprofit I know has experienced some kind of negative financial impact because of the pandemic. Expenses went up as cleaning guidelines got stricter. Your nonprofit may have had to invest heavily in personal protection equipment. Revenues are down as...

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How to Regain Staff and Board Support Still Reeling from the Effects of COVID-19 for executive directors relationship building

Morale has waned as staff and board struggle to cope. Staff may feel insecure in their jobs, Board members may fear organizational nonexistence. Trust has eroded amidst layoff’s and downsizing. Staff are angry. Board members feel helpless. Emotions are high. Productivity is down. Customer...

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The Last Ten Days of 2020: If you Haven’t Yet, Start Now to Improve Your Annual Fundraising Results development planning fundraising

It’s December 22, 2020. It’s probably slow at your office, with many of your co-workers or employees off for the holidays. I always liked being in the office during this time. I liked the fact that I had more time than usual to concentrate on improving my year-end fundraising results...

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Optimizing Your Fundraising Resources evaluation financial management

In Measuring Overall Fundraising Performance we talked about the difference between gross and net income and how net income is a better indicator of fundraising success than gross income. We also discussed influencing the relationship between the amount of donations and number of donors. In Data...

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Developing a Nonprofit Fundraising Strategy that Optimizes Fundraising Performance development planning financial management

Every executive director, board member and fundraising professional I know wants to increase income for their nonprofit organization. The question they have is, “What nonprofit fundraising strategy will generate the most income?”

By increasing income, I mean increasing net income....

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Creating a Fundraising Budget that Increases Both Mission and Money development planning financial management

Do you want to raise more money in 2021 than you did in 2020 for your nonprofit agency’s mission? Do you want to have money left over after all the bills are paid? Do you want your nonprofit to make the most money it can? Then you need three things: 1) strict adherence to mission; 2)...

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