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How to Create a Sustainable Volunteer Program

Turning one-time volunteers into longtime volunteers isn’t easy. That’s why establishing a sustainable, organized and engaging volunteer program should be one of your organization’s top priorities. Chances are, your nonprofit most likely couldn’t stay afloat without volunteers, so follow these tips in order to treat them right and manage them well. Set goals Ask your volunteers to […]

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Why your nonprofit should follow best practices

I am sure you have noticed big changes over the past years in the non-profit sector. They are related to leadership styles, new fundraising methods, new generations of donors… and the list goes on and on. In a digital age, non-profit leaders must change their mindset and follow best practices and new trends if they don’t […]

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3 Creative Ways to Get Generation Z Involved With Your Nonprofit

You don’t need to have spending power to make an impact, and young people today know this. Those who make up Generation Z (Gen Z), born between 1996 and 2010, are more involved with activism and addressing issues in their community, like gun violence and bullying, than any previous generation. They’re more than 27 percent of the global […]

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3 Big Ways Artificial Intelligence Impacts Nonprofits

The Oxford English Dictionary defines artificial intelligence as the “theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.” According to the Brookings Institute, nonprofit organizations are showing a surging interest in tapping into the capabilities of not only artificial intelligence […]

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How Your Nonprofit Can Partner with Local Businesses

When nonprofits and local businesses work together, both parties reap the benefits. The nonprofit gets the word out about its cause and expands its donor base, and the business boosts its sales and exposure in the community. It may sound too good to be true, but it’s really not. Here’s how to reach out to socially […]

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Why Your Board Isn’t Fundraising (And How to Fix It)

What’s the hardest job in the world? Parenting a toddler or teenager? Milking venom from poisonous snakes? What about motivating unpaid volunteers to raise money and reporting to them because those same volunteers are your bosses? Engaging a leadership team made up solely of volunteers is one of the most ambitious, delicate and daunting responsibilities a CEO […]

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How and When to Let a Volunteer Go

Chances are, as a nonprofit manager, firing volunteers ranks very low on your list of job duties. However, as with any relationship, sometimes you have no choice but to cut ties. Letting a volunteer go is uncomfortable, difficult and downright awkward, but hopefully we can alleviate some of that weirdness with these tips. Preventative measures […]

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7 Steps for a Successful Lean Implementation at your Nonprofit

From self-driving cars to artificial intelligence, we live in a period marked by rapid innovation and change. Now couple the accelerating pace of change with increasing pressures from funders to spend fewer dollars on overhead, and the fact becomes clear: we need to find new ways of doing things! Efficiency Drives New Ways of Thinking […]

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The 5 ½ Principles of Effective Donor Surveys

Do you know why your donors give? Is there consensus within your organization about the reasons they dip into their pockets to fund your mission? Or are there simply “best guesses” floating around that may or may not accurately answer that question?   Unless you ask your donors directly, your gut instincts are merely opinions. And research kills opinions. […]

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7 Articles to Improve Your Workplace Culture

A reading list to help your organization look inward and examine how to better foster a culture where employees are empowered to thrive, collaborate, and innovate for maximum social impact. The internal operations of social sector organizations can make or break their impact. “Toxic” workplace cultures make headlines for failing to support employees’ personal and […]

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Asking for Donations

Even after loads of practice, asking for donations can make our palms sweat and our hair stand up. It’s not easy, and it shouldn’t be—after all, you’re asking people to part with their hard-earned money. But don’t worry: as long as you avoid these common mistakes, your fundraising efforts will be just fine—even if your palms are still […]

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Three Roles of the Nonprofit CFO that Lead to Mission Success

Over the years, my experience in a variety of financial leadership roles has led me to the following hypothesis: nonprofit finance is critical to mission success. Whether determining how financial resources are spent or raised, clarifying organizational priorities, or building leadership—in many ways, finance determines mission success and impact. Completing the Circle With mission success […]