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In the first article in this series, Let’s Use Florence Nightingale’s Secret Weapons, we saw how nonprofit practitioners have two “secret” weapons: the data packed away in databases and spreadsheets and the visual superpowers of the organization’s staff and board members, funders, clients, participants, visitors . . . indeed any human being involved in the organization. Data visualization (aka data viz) capitalizes on our visual superpowers and puts our data to work. Now that you know what your secret weapons are, how best to use them?Read More
One of my forever-resolutions is to increase engagement of the CharityChannel professional community. One of the best ways to do that is to get everyone talking shop with each other. So, as you can imagine, I’m pleased to announce that CharityChannel has relaunched its award-winning email-based discussion forums, once again running on L-Soft’s industry-leading LISTSERV(r) software.Read More
As a practitioner, you no doubt have access to board leaders for your organization and maybe even serve on a board or two. Would you ask them to take an online survey sponsored by the Alliance of Nonprofit Management?Read More
So, how does the busy development officer find time for planning and who will implement the plan once it’s done? By involving the right people in developing the plan and then implementing it, the development office can move forward in a timely manner and provide a framework for evaluating all their programs. Many times, we…Read More
Did you hear the news? The Doomsday clock is now just two minutes to midnight. Midnight is an atomic nightmare that none of us wants to even think about. My first grandchild is about to be born, baby Stetson Thorp. That got me to thinking. How could I possibly explain this to him, once he…Read More
There’s been somewhat of a landslide of late when it comes to “sustainers,” also known as monthly or recurring donors. These are donors who give automatically from a credit/debit card or bank account. Have you seen these amazing recent statistics? Monthly donor retention rates: 90 percent and up (double the average donor retention rate of…Read More
How many times has a well-meaning board member or volunteer come to one of your board meetings and offered this sage advice—“We should do a (golf tournament, gala dinner dance, art auction, walkathon, etc., etc.) because (the scouts, the hospital, a local church, etc., etc.) did one and raised $100,000?” Before the meeting ends, the…Read More
Sometimes development professionals only think about the importance of having a case for support when they are preparing to launch a capital campaign. However, you need a case for support for all your fundraising activities. The reason for having the case in place before creating any materials—brochure, website, grant proposals, speeches, PowerPoints, DVDs, and more—is…Read More
During his freshman orientation, my younger son was introduced to HALT – Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired – a stress management technique. For entering college students, it was supposed to help them increase self-awareness and understand what was going on with themselves and how this affected their interactions with roommates and others. It was geared to help them from becoming less pleasant versions of their normal selves. HALT resonates with me. Especially regarding nonprofit boards and board meetings.Read More
Does your nonprofit bring on new board members annually as a class, rather than randomly throughout the year? If they start out together, I commend you for choosing this wise approach. If not, I hope you will consider making a change after reading this.Read More
There are many variables to consider when assessing the fair market value of a donated item. As with so many things in life, a task that should be simple and straightforward too often is not. Two of the most commonly misunderstood variables in assessing fair market value are donor restrictions and international customs values.Read More
Fair market valuation for most products is pretty straight forward. Where nonprofits tend to experience vertigo is with donated pharmaceuticals. Why are they more complicated?Read More
Very few organizations with an aid distribution program feel confident in how they approach the valuation of gifts in kind. In this article I focus on what is known, understood, and foundational to fair market value so that nonprofits can gain confidence in their approach to valuing their donated goods.Read More
When I read a story or hear about a nonprofit in extremis, I wonder if the leadership has been asleep at the wheel. Did no one see the signs? Why did they not point these things out to each other? What were they (or were they not) talking about at board meetings?Read More
Despite our best efforts, crises will occur. Some may be small and manageable and call for a minimum amount of attention. Others may be more serious and threatening to the organization, its management, or employees or the population served by that organization. No matter what the range and scope of the crisis, the most important issue is how that crisis is managed. How do you do that?Read More
Darin Martin first came to my attention in April, 2017 when he contributed an excellent blog post, Aid Distribution Programs: Good for Nonprofits, Donors, and the Poor and then, in May, 2017, his follow-on post, How Nonprofits Can Avoid Reinventing the Square Wheel. Both posts show how nonprofits that distribute aid can leverage their effectiveness several times over…Read More
When it comes to helping those in need, charities should strive for efficiency and effectiveness, which is why many charities have an Aid Distribution Program.Read More
What if a charity could put money to use in a way where every $1 spent produced $100 worth of impact? Enter: Aid Distribution Programs.Read More
That thunderclap you just heard is Deborah Kaplan Polivy’s just-released book, The Donor Lifecycle Map: A Model for Success (CharityChannel Press, 2017).Read More