Norman Olshansky, President of NFP Consulting Resources, Inc.,  has over 30 years of professional and executive level leadership and consulting within both the not for profit and for profit sectors.  His clients have included both large and small service, cultural and faith based organizations ranging from local and national home health care companies, to hospitals and health care systems...from community centers to national membership organizations...from military and law enforcement agencies to botanical gardens...from public school systems to State Universities...from human relations organizations to faith based social service and religious entities throughout the U.S., Canada and Israel. He recently seved as President and CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation and continues to provide them with consulting services.

Mr. Olshansky has received national recognition for his work in human service and executive leadership. A frequent lecturer at Universities, he has also published a syndicated column, is a national book reviewer for CharityChannel, and is active as a volunteer in several civic, religious and professional organizations.

Norman Olshansky is one of the editors of the CharityChannel Press book, You and Your Nonprofit,  and is a contributing author to the book.  He  is also the author of many published articles on nonprofit management, leadership and fundraising. Check out some of his articles at www.nfpconsulting.blogspot.com or on his web site at www.nfpconsulting.com.

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Is the Use of Social Media for Nonprofits Worth the Time and Effort?

We are hearing a lot about the new technology and importance of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. After all, social media was the powerful tool used to overturn dictators and to bring public awareness to critical issues such as child soldiers and Joseph Koni. Its use was also extremely effective in…

Capital Campaign Budgeting: Beyond Construction Costs

If you and your nonprofit are considering a major capital campaign, such as a renovation or construction of new facilities, one of the first things to do is to develop a realistic budget, which you can use as a beginning basis for developing your campaign goal. Nonprofits usually start the process of budgeting by taking their “ideas and needs” to an architect who determines how many square feet of space is needed and then applies a formula for determining estimated cost for construction, furnishings and equipment. Too often, that number alone is what is used to estimate the budget for the project. As you can see from the following, there are many other items to consider for inclusion within your campaign budget that will contribute to the ultimate costs for the project.

How Well is Your Board Handling “Risk” in Your Nonprofit Organization?

Over the past few years, increasing attention has been given to potential liability, mismanagement and ethical practices within the nonprofit sector. Whether as a result of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 or more recent high profile Ponzi schemes and fraud cases, boards and executives of nonprofit organizations have begun to put more focus on risk management.…

Tips on Volunteer Leadership Succession for Nonprofits

Leadership succession planning in nonprofit organizations is a critical and high stakes endeavor. Too often nonprofit organizations struggle to fill vacant top leadership positions. The consequences of poor succession planning can be devastating. Every organization has a unique culture and history. When there is a lack of succession planning, organizations find it difficult to fill…

Major Gift Prospecting and Prioritization

One of the most important activities a nonprofit needs to undertake prior to initiating a major gifts campaign is the identification and prioritization of prospects. Some organizations spend a lot of money, time and human resources on prospect mining and research. Others try to identify pockets of wealth in their community and then determine what…

Why does your nonprofit organization need a gift acceptance policy?

Decisions related to acceptance of out of the ordinary donations and pledges can be among the most challenging issues nonprofit professionals and leaders have to address, related to fundraising. Have you experienced any of the following issues? How do you deal with a donation from someone who is well known and of “ill repute” in…