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I’m constantly surprised by leaders in organizations dismissing the importance of a clear, concise, and comprehensible vision statement as an essential tool for coordinating collaboration. It should be lucid, illuminating the core purpose the organization serves. It should be short – fifteen words max, preferably fewer. And it should be made up of words that are loaded with value and feeling. That’s what makes them understandable and sticky. You can remember them easily. They can refocus and align your hearts and heads quickly in the midst of distractions and disputes.Read More
Nonprofit organization leaders sometimes make the mistake of thinking that the management principles developed in the business world have little to do with the management of nonprofit organizations. The thing is, the staff of a nonprofit organization has a management structure, too. Organizations that have a handle on management are better able to fulfill the mission while those that are more “accidental” in their approach often have an underproducing and unhappy staff. (Which is yours?)Read More
As executive search consultants, we’ve seen and worked through a lot of scenarios, from navigating the succession of a dynamic organization founder to reorganization and replacement of an ineffective, short-term chief executive. There is no single right way to approach a chief executive search and transition. That said, we do observe certain truisms that serve boards well regardless of the specifics of their situation. In this article, we cover the most important truisms.Read More
Performance review coming up soon? How can you measure something at a still point, yet in constant motion? If you don't know, someone else surely will. Here's a concept of mastery in fundraising that may help.Read More
What role can a planned giving or fundraising professional play as elders engage in their life review? The best professionals invite prospective donors to connect their values and what has given their lives meaning to their philanthropic planning.Read More
In this fifth and final article in my series on data visualization, I show you how data viz can transform the way you work by using real-time, highly digestible data.Read More
When it comes to nonprofit fundraising, one of the most powerful things you can do is to multiply a single gift. Of course, we're talking about a matching gifts program where the donor's employer matches the gift. In this video, I sit down with Steve Hafner, the visionary behind HEPdata, a company that does the heavy lifting of connecting your prospective donors with their employer's matching gift program.Read More
Too many organizations focus their core message on their internal processes, such as distributing, coordinating, managing, constructing, and facilitating, while the most powerful thing they have to say is left unspoken. People become inspired to join causes because of the impact of nonprofit processes, not the processes themselves.Read More
It's Friday, the perfect day to let you know about our newest book released today, Zen and the Art of Fundraising: 8 Pillars of Success.
At just 84 pages, you could easily read it on a weekend, though its profound lessons may well take a lifetime to perfect. It's by Alexandra Pia Brovey, JD, LLM, a true master not just of fundraising but of Shotokan karate, for which she holds a black belt.
So why write about obstacles anyway? I have two primary objectives. First, since we all bump up against barriers from time to time, I want you to rest confidently in the fact that you are not alone. Second, I share these common obstacles for the purpose of revealing how to overcome them. Someone wisely stated, “The difference between those who succeed in life and those who don’t lies not in whether they encounter difficulty. Rather, the difference is how they respond to difficulties.”Read More
Brian, a member of the CharityChannel professional community, believes that to really improve ourselves in asking for major gifts takes a commitment of time and willingness to hone our skills. He provides a rich learning environment through his state-of-the-art membership site, Asking Matters. He has carefully designed it to enable us to really learn and grow as fund raisers, particularly with regard to major gifts.Read More
Charts, graphs, maps, and other types of data visualizations (aka “data viz”) often pull me in, especially if they are visually striking. But until I became well versed in the art and science of data visualization, even charts that caught my attention would often frustrate me. I could not extract their meaning quickly and thus I moved on, missing out on the story the chart might have told. This article describes the method I have since developed to read data visualizations so that their meaning rapidly comes into focus.Read More
In today's third and final installment, I ask Brian about his free four-video online workshop for nonprofit fundraisers March 7th-14th.Read More
I recently sat down with Brian Saber, a CharityChannel colleague and leading expert on how to make face-to-face asks. In the first installment of my discussion with him, I asked him why people struggle so much to make that all-important face-to-face ask. In this installment, I ask him how a development officer (the person making the ask) can become comfortable making the ask, and, as importantly, how to become effective in doing so.Read More
I just sat down with Brian Saber, a CharityChannel colleague and leading expert on how to make face-to-face asks. In this fast-paced 11-minute recorded discussion, I asked him why people struggle so much to make that all-important face-to-face ask. This is the first of three recorded segments with Brian on asking.Read More
I hope you’ve enjoyed Let’s Use Florence Nightingale’s Secret Weapons and Data Visualization: Wielding Your Secret Weapons. Let’s now explore how to turn a good viz into a great one by following ten data viz “suggestments,” or rules of thumb, based on the science of how we perceive visual cues as well as the hard-won experience of other data visualizers.Read More
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
As nonprofit professionals, you and I would do well to borrow some strategies from Florence Nightingale’s playbook. She skillfully deployed two “secret weapons” that nonprofit managers and fundraisers today also can use to great effect.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