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Avoiding Nonprofit Scandal: Regulations & Ethical Standards to Know
If you’ve ever googled “nonprofit and scandal” or “charity and scandal,” you were probably shocked at the number of results. There are some bad apples out there. Unfortunately, scandals and wrongdoing receive the bulk of media attention, and this can tarnish the sector. As the leader of a nonprofit organization, you can’t fix the sector, but you can make sure your organization is accountable and ethical. Here's how.
Chapter 2 from: Help! They Want Me to Fundraise! A Nonprofit Fundraising Manual for Beginners
Editor's Note: We are pleased to share with you Chapter 2 of Susan Black’s book, Help! They Want Me to Fundraise! A Nonprofit Fundraising Manual for Beginners, published by CharityChannel Press. Our hope is that sharing this free chapter will help you discover how valuable the book will be to your success or the success of someone you know. You can pick up your copy at leading booksellers, including Amazon.
You Are Now the Interim Executive. Now What?
Stephen Nill has invited me to share with you my most recent experience where I stepped in as the interim executive and successfully led the nonprofit organization to a healthy place, ready for its next full-time executive director. I’ll do that and go further – I’ll give you the benefit of my experience by talking about the questions you should be asking and steps you should take both for the organization and for yourself, should you find yourself facing, as did I, this kind of a challenge.
Grant Readiness: Seven Questions the Board Must Answer
I recently consulted with a nonprofit board on building a grant portfolio. Since its founding, the organization had depended on a local government grant to cover more than half of annual operating expenses, funding its one full-time position. Unfortunately, that grant had failed to renew for two funding cycles.
Grant Seeking vs. Individual Gift Solicitation
Let me start by observing that, by convention, we separate those who work in “fundraising,” by which we typically mean the solicitation of funds from individuals, from “grantsmanship,” by which typically mean seeking government, foundation, or corporate grants. It’s as if grantsmanship is something wholly different from fundraising. I’m not sure I agree with that distinction, but in any case, for purposes of this article, I’ll preserve the distinction as a convenient way to compare and contrast the two. Let’s dive in.
A Primer on Major Gifts
In this article, we’ll be focusing on major gifts – that tier above the annual fund and below estate gifts. Before going further, though, let’s drill down a bit on what, exactly, constitutes a major gift because if we don’t, we’ll have fuzziness in deciding whether it’s a large annual gift or a bona fide major gift. Keep in mind that, on the one hand, we are talking about calendar; on the other, about amount.