Are the Professionals and Service Providers Serving Your Nonprofit (or The One You Fund) “Just Okay”?

Does the AT&T commercial that shows the surgeon described by the attending nurse as “just okay” bother you as much as it does me? It makes me cringe when the surgeon jokes “just got reinstated” to an offscreen character and then admits to the patient that he is “nervous too.” I have seen the commercial literally … Continue Reading

The Global Center for Nonprofit Excellence is Granting Full OpX360® Scholarships to Struggling Nonprofits

Deadline January 31, 2020. No grant application required. If you are a nonprofit organization struggling financially and want to validate and improve your operational effectiveness but cannot afford the cost associated with OpX360® smart tools, we want to help. The Global Center of Nonprofit Excellence® is granting full OpX360® scholarships, through January 31, 2020, to … Continue Reading

10 Nonprofit Trends Shaping 2020 From The Global Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The Global Center for Nonprofit Excellence is an orchestrated network that brings Nonprofits, Funders and Recognized Experts together for the greatest impact. With scores of weekly encounters with nonprofit leaders from all corners of the community, obvious trends have emerged.   Co-Founder Bob Lipps says, “we have ongoing projects or are in discussion on projects that touch all … Continue Reading

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT MATTERS!

For our programs and ministries to be successful, we need to realize financial management matters. It is nearly impossible to accomplish the mission of your organization without cash and that is why financial management matters. Sometimes we are so focused on the specific program activities and outcomes that we neglect the infrastructure of the organization. … Continue Reading

Businesses Need Nonprofits as Much as Nonprofits Need Businesses

Why Businesses Need Nonprofits? Not long along, only a few enlightened businesses actively promoted social issues as part of their marketing and branding. Today, corporate philanthropy and corporate social responsibility are integral parts of most every serious business plan.  Corporate philanthropy used to primarily take the form of a financial contribution and to a lesser … Continue Reading

How One Nonprofit Sector is Benefitting from Community and New Funding They Did Not Create

While most companies are becoming greener, some businesses are actually baking sustainability into their businesses to create breakthrough innovations, larger profits and infectious social good.  These ecologically-minded organizations are magnetizing consumers with a similar worldview to buy their products and together with other likeminded individuals and entities are creating a “sustainable” community to help save … Continue Reading

Why Are Board Members and Funders Still Using “Trust-but-Verify”​ When Measuring Nonprofit Effectiveness?

The phrase “Trust but verify” was made famous by Ronald Reagan after the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty with Mikhail Gorbachev in December 1987. At the time the Soviet General Secretary bantered, “You repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan replied, “I like it.” What was President Reagan really saying? He was saying, … Continue Reading

Lagging Donations Could Be Symptomatic of a Much Larger Operational Problem for Nonprofits

Lagging indicators are easy to measure but can be hard to influence. For nonprofits, a clear lagging indicator that is easy to measure but hard to improve on is donations. The problem with lagging indicators is, well, they’re lagging. It’s not too tricky when we are experiencing year-over-year increases in revenues but quickly becomes a … Continue Reading

Would You Invest a Few Hundred Dollars and a Little Time to Impress Your Board and Capture Larger Donations?

Nonprofits want more funding. Funders want more confidence. More confidence comes from demonstrated operational competence. Funders with more confidence give more. Operational competence can be measured and improved. According to Overcoming Barriers to Giving, Fidelity Charitable’s latest study of over 3,200 donors, 64% of donors want to give more. While your donors may have other … Continue Reading