A Guide to Remote Working for Nonprofits

With all the panic around COVID-19, remote work is trending. Given that the WHO has announced it has reached pandemic status and many nonprofit organizations are cancelling large events, one of the next logical steps to prevent groups of people from gathering is asking employees to work remotely if they can. In fact, many large companies, such […]

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How to prepare your nonprofit for a pr crisis

Sometimes, bad things happen to good organizations. Because of this, even the best-run nonprofits need to have a crisis communications plan. A crisis communications plan ensures that you are ready if your organization is ever thrown into a situation when the news is bad — and a slow or ill-informed response can make the situation […]

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4 Important Focus Areas for Social Good Organizations in 2020

As we venture into the new year, and a brand-new decade, the world around us feels chaotic in many ways. So much seems to change every day, from the effects of climate change to the political landscape to constant innovations in technology. Through it all, YOU—the social good community—stay committed to your important work, regardless […]

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Communications New Year’s Resolutions for Fundraisers

Important question, fundraiser. What portion of your job is communications? Answer: more than you probably realize. After all, two very large portions of the development cycle (cultivation and stewardship) involve a lot of communications. The nature and format of these communications can vary depending on whether you work with annual level donors or major donors. […]

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The ABC’s of Winning a Lapsed Donor Back

Imagine this scenario: Your organization received a donation from a donor once or twice but have not received anything this year. Some nonprofit professionals may say well that donor is gone, time to find a new one. WRONG! Studies show that it costs less to retain, or re-engage, a lapsed donor, then it does to […]

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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 Matching Gift Fundraising Tips for Savvy Nonprofits

If your organization doesn’t have a matching gifts fundraising strategy, you’re missing out on easy money. In fact, through matching gift programs specifically, you can double your fundraising power with little-to-no extra effort. Here are my top three tips on how you can maximize your matching gift program: Promote matching gifts during magic moments. Promote matching gifts year-round. […]

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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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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 […]