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CharityChannel Relaunches its Famous Discussion Lists

By Stephen Nill

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.

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Can You Help Answer These Five Questions about Nonprofit Boards?

By Stephen Nill

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?

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Let’s Use Florence Nightingale’s Secret Weapons

By Amelia Kohm

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.

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Do your peers consider you a master practitioner?

By Stephen Nill

For the next few minutes, I want you to suspend all modesty and answer this question: Do your peers consider you a master practitioner? Do you?

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Who Develops and Implements the Plan?

By Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

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…

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Listen to the Podcast: Ted Hart Interviews Kent Stroman re The Intentional Board

By Stephen Nill

I've just posted a podcast from today's interview by Ted Hart of Kent Stroman, author of the new book, The Intentional Board.

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Two Minutes to the Sound of Silence

By Stephen Nill

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…

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Answering the Top 3 Monthly Donor Management Questions

By Erica Waasdorp

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…

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Do You Need a Written Development Plan?

By Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

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…

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Develop Your Case to Inform and Shape all Your Fundraising Activities

By Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

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…

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HALT – So Your Board Members Can be Their Best Selves

By Amy Wishnick

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.

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Orienting New Nonprofit Board Members – Don’t Make it Sink or Swim

By Amy Wishnick

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.

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Valuation of Gifts in Kind: Other Considerations - Part 3

By Darin Martin

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.

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Valuation of Gifts in Kind: Pharmaceuticals - Part 2

By Darin Martin

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?

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Valuation of Gifts in Kind Explained: Part 1

By Darin Martin

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.

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Why Aren’t They Talking to Each Other at Board Meetings?

By Amy Wishnick

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?

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You Can Get Through This: Crisis Management Strategies

By Tom Butero, LICSW

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?

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Podcast: Darin Martin is interviewed by CharityChannel's Stephen Nill

By Stephen Nill

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…

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How Nonprofits Can Avoid Reinventing the Square Wheel

By Darin Martin

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.

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Aid Distribution Programs: Good for Nonprofits, Donors, and the Poor

By Darin Martin

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.

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How to Increase Survey Responses

By Bernadette Wright

When nonprofits want to show the effects of their activities, they often use surveys. With online survey tools, creating surveys has become faster and less expensive. The challenge is persuading people to complete your survey.

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Are You Ready to Manage Staff Transitions?

By Amy Wishnick

If handled well, a staff transition can boost an organization’s well-being and capacity, but if handled poorly, morale and service continuity can suffer.

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Goodbye, Becki Shawver

By Stephen Nill

I am saddened to report the passing yesterday of Rebecca Vermillion Shawver, editor of CharityChannel’s Grants and Foundations Review and contributor of a trove of tell-it-like-it-is articles on grantsmanship. Becki had been bravely battling brain cancer.

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That thunderclap you just heard was The Donor Lifecycle Map being released

By Stephen Nill

That thunderclap you just heard is Deborah Kaplan Polivy’s just-released book, The Donor Lifecycle Map: A Model for Success (CharityChannel Press, 2017).

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Charity Auctions: Pros and Cons

By Abra Annes

I’ve been invited to talk honestly about the pros and cons of charity auctions. As a professional charity auctioneer for six years, how could I resist such an invitation? In my view, when they’re done right, there’s no better way to engage donors in just one night than a fundraising auction.

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