So, You Want to Become a Nonprofit Consultant?

Many nonprofit staffers dream about going to “the other side,” as a nonprofit consultant. There are many real challenges in making that leap, and even once you do, the career choice entails continuous learning around both the content of your consulting as well as business acumen. The idea of running a business is quite foreign

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The Busy Prospect Researcher – Part 3: Time-Based Projects

This is Part 3 of a multiweek series on managing your time as a busy prospect researcher. In Part 1, Dr. Hancks began talking about the framework for time management in the field of prospect research and prospect management. In Part 2, she discusses how to organize your time for different types of research and analytics. In this Part 3, Dr. Hancks shows how she approaches bringing together quick projects and long-term projects.

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Competitive Intelligence in Fundraising

Just as competitive intelligence is essential to the development of sound for-profit business strategies, it is also critical to the development of successful, sustainable fundraising strategies for nonprofits. Competitive intelligence in the nonprofit sector is the process of defining, gathering and analyzing pertinent information that supports strategic fundraising plans and decisions.

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Capital Campaign Readiness (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a multiweek series on capital campaigns by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE. In today’s article, Linda starts with the basics, asking, “What is a capital campaign, and why do you need one?” In the next few articles, Linda will talk about how to evaluate your internal readiness for a campaign and then move on to assessing your community’s willingness and ability to support the campaign.

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Nurturing the Bond between the Nonprofit Board Chair and CEO

Keeping boards focused on strategic issues is a major challenge for nonprofit leaders. One problem is that nonprofit CEOs are leaving their jobs in droves, partly because they’re reaching retirement age and partly due to the increased stresses of the position. ** This leadership crisis is intensified by the fact that board chairs tend to

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Nonprofit Staff: Too Much Deference to the Board?

Excessive deference to the board by nonprofit staff can lead board directors to passively accept lower performance standards. From my decades of experience as a nonprofit director and consultant, I have seen the development of an unwritten compact between nonprofit boards and managements, with each tolerating minimal performance from the other. Where subtly or overtly present, these compacts need to be eliminated in the 21st century. The organization needs a relationship between the two that provides an equal partnership, with a clear trust and respect for the differences in the required roles.

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The Busy Prospect Researcher – Part 1: Overview of Time Management

Are you a busy prospect researcher? Me, too. A few years ago, I got an email from a colleague who was new to the profession. In it, she asked me, “how do you get everything done and still leave the office by 6:30 at night?”  I don’t think I have ever stayed until 6:30 p.m.

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