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 […]

There Are Only Three Ways to Increase Your Nonprofit Fundraising Revenues

With hundreds of fundraising tactics to choose from, how great would you feel if you could walk in perfect assurance that you were making the right choices? There are so many choices to choose from, aren’t there? You could increase your Facebook advertising. You could create a new landing page. You could raise your major […]

Why All Nonprofit Best Practices Are Not Created Equal

With hundreds of Best Practices to choose from, it is incumbent on the Nonprofit leader to carefully consider which Best Practices to prioritize for their organization as some are more important than others.  In other words, depending on the situation, some Best Practices should be weighted higher in order of importance. In reality, by selecting […]

Why Your Nonprofit is Probably Operating Below Operational Competence Levels? (Part 2)

It’s the Leader’s Fault The best Nonprofit leaders understand that a good strategy and a healthy culture ultimately control the level of operational competence your organization will achieve. Strategy decides your flight plan for organizational effectiveness, impact and sustainability by intentionally mobilizing people, allocating resources and implementing systems to arrive at a predetermined destination. Culture, […]

Why Your Nonprofit is Probably Operating Below Operational Competence Levels?

Have you ever met a Nonprofit leader that intentionally manages below operational competence? Neither have I. The problem is that only 6% of managers actually perform above operational competence. (Source: HBR 2017) 94% of all managers mistakenly assume that are above average in operational competency. They are not.  Is it any wonder that most Nonprofits […]

Best Practices for Nonprofits Wanting to Stop Mailing the Wrong Donors

At a recent quarterly meeting reviewing donor mailing, a prominent Nonprofit discovered that they and their Agency had been over-mailing almost 20,000 pieces many times a year for over 10 years. Yes, potentially millions of direct mail pieces that should never have been mailed.  What!? How does that even happen?     In this case, it was […]

Why Nonprofit Leaders Should Not Stop Talking About Best Practices

Nonprofit leaders share a primal instinct to maintain the minimum standard of operational competency in their respective area of responsibility. In short, this is the common survival mechanism that allows our leaders to serve another day. When a drop in operational competency occurs anywhere within the Nonprofit, the leader responsible experiences an immediate, unpleasant response that […]

Best Practices Leads to Operational Competency, Innovation to Excellence

If your organization is lacking in any area of operational competency, best practices can help. Best practices are the commercial or professional procedures that are accepted or prescribed as being correct or most effective within a given industry or discipline. In essence, best practices are the currently accepted industry standard but here’s the wrinkle. Depending […]