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

Time-Based Projects In Part 1, I talked about an overview of time management in prospect research and prospect management. In Part 2, I discussed time management within the realm of proactive and reactive research as well as predictive and summary analytics. In this part, I’m going to talk about how I approach bringing together quick

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Can Nonprofit Boards Suffer from Agenda Deficits?

In a recent study of 772 for-profit and nonprofit directors from around the world, McKinsey & Company found that 25 percent of the sample assessed their board impact as moderate or low, “… while others reported having a high impact across board functions.”  http://bit.ly/1iFEINR Following are brief abstracts from the study, followed by my analysis

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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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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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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

Overview of Time Management for the Busy Prospect Researcher 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

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Nonprofit CEOs: How to Ask for Charitable Contributions

You’re out to dinner with your significant other. Your children are at home with a sitter. Suddenly, an earthquake shakes the ground, obliterating the only road between you and your house. When you learn the news, what is your response? Do you telephone your children to say goodbye? “Sorry, kids, we’d like to get home,

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