Thoughts on Nonprofit Leadership

How to Help Board Members Measure Up board relations evaluation for executive directors

     According to BoardSource, fundraising tops the list of board challenges, as it has since they first started collecting these data in 1994. In multiple studies, fundraising ranks first among board areas needing improvement.

     According to data from an Evelyn...

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How to Find Good Board Members board relations for executive directors relationship building

     You may look forward to board meetings as much as a visit to the dentist. In my experience, most board members are good people who know next to nothing about nonprofit governance. Yet, your board is the most valuable leadership asset your nonprofit has. Board members teach the...

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How to Raise More Money on a Limited Budget fundraising marketing and communications

     If you want to recruit more volunteers, donors, good board members, motivated staff, and advocates for your cause, you need the community to get excited about supporting your nonprofit. Even though it’s counterintuitive, you will improve your community’s response...

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How to Help Donors Meet Their Goals and Raise More Money fundraising relationship building

     What are donors’ motivations to give? What are they hoping to achieve? And how do you, as the lead fundraiser, help them attain their goals? As I explain in my book The Sustainable High ROI Fundraising System:

Individual Donor Motivations

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How to Inexpensively Broadcast Your Nonprofit’s Message building community support marketing and communications

     You have only so much funding to do all that needs to be done. For sure, you can use more money. There is so much more you could do if only you had the budget.

     Your funding comes from the community, whether you are talking grants, special events, business...

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Moving Your Agency Forward by Getting Your Message Out building community support marketing and communications

     How many times have you felt stuck in place? That no matter what you try, your nonprofit is still your community’s best-kept secret? It happens to everyone at one point or another.

     How do you get your nonprofit ahead? You start by infusing the...

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How to Attract the Money Your Nonprofit Deserves building community support marketing and communications

     Your cause deserves to be supported. And, to help you get the support you need, we’ve been talking about what it takes to motivate people to give to your nonprofit. In How to Raise More Money on a Limited Budget, we addressed the cost-efficiencies of targeting specific...

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The Executive Director-Development Director Relationship for executive directors work relationships

     Today, we’re talking about how to approach your relationship with your development director. As I state in my book The Sustainable High ROI Fundraising System:

     “Often, the executive director-development director relationship is somewhat...

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Affording Talent on a Shoestring Budget financial management for executive directors work relationships

     So, how do you afford to hire development staff who are skilled, qualified, and experienced, especially if you are a small to midsized nonprofit? Don’t these types of candidates apply to the jobs that pay well, usually found in big organizations?

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