How Your Nonprofit Can Increase Donations by Ignoring Competitive Impulses and Increasing Your Organizational Trustworthiness

Is there competition between nonprofits? Probably, even if it is not head-to-head competition.  Here’s why: The number of nonprofit organizations increases daily. Charitable donations by individuals are declining as the number of givers.  Major donor giving has stalled and the number of givers is shrinking.  In short, more nonprofits are seeking funds, less money is […]

Strategic Planning: A Path to Success by Guest Contributor Dan Prater of BKD CPAs and Advisors

One of the most important jobs of a nonprofit board is to craft a strategic plan that keeps the organization focused and on track toward mission accomplishment. A thoughtful, properly executed strategic plan can transform an organization and help unite team members toward shared priorities. Here are seven considerations for planning success: 1. Commit to […]

What Your Nonprofit and Funders Can Learn from Jeff Bezos and Amazon®?

By studying industry leaders from other sectors, you may be able to immediately adapt their insights to address challenges that your nonprofit (or the one you are funding) is facing or will face in the future.  Amazon® Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos unknowingly gave your nonprofit (or the one you fund) a huge gift in […]

The Good News is Your Nonprofit Achieved 100% Accuracy on Your Reporting. The Bad News is You Have Been Measuring the Wrong Things.

Business leader and philanthropist Bill Gates said, “I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition.” Thought provoking, isn’t it? I wonder what questions the founder of the largest software company and largest private foundation in the world would ask your nonprofit (or the one you fund). […]

What Gets Measured in All Six Areas of Nonprofit Operations Ultimately Determines What Gets Accomplished and How Much Funding You Receive

All Nonprofits want to operate effectively and efficiently. Most do not. According to the Harvard Business Review, 94% of all managers assume that they are operating above operational competency. They are not.  Given its systemic nature, this must be an extremely difficult problem to solve. It is not. What Gets Measured Gets Managed The complete […]

Best Practice “Recognized Expert” Becomes #1 Best Seller on Amazon’s Nonprofit Fundraising List

When a book about Nonprofit best practices by one of our Recognized Experts hits #1 on an Amazon’s Best Seller list, it’s worth celebrating. The book is 101 Biggest Mistakes Nonprofits Make and How to Avoid Them, by Andrew Olsen, CFRE and friends. This book is brimming with fundraising best practices and helpful instruction to remedy 101 […]

Best Practices for Inviting an Outsider Inside Your Nonprofit Organization

There are many reasons to consider inviting an Outsider inside your organization. Most always, it involves a specific outcome or objective that you need or desire to achieve. Are your donations lagging? Do you need fresh messaging? Have you lost key employees? If you already possess what needs to be accomplished inside your organization, you […]