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16 03, 2017

How Nonprofits Can Overcome the Sustainability Challenge

By |March 16th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on How Nonprofits Can Overcome the Sustainability Challenge

Recently, we partnered with a company promoting fundraising ideas. That got me thinking about nonprofit sustainability. I've been talking about it for years. Nonprofits are great, but I think people who begin or work for these organizations need to understand two things: Nonprofits are a business. The fundamental difference between a for-profit business and nonprofit [...]

27 12, 2016

7 Social Media Tips to Help You Kick-Start Your Fundraising for 2017

By |December 27th, 2016|blog, leadership, news|Comments Off on 7 Social Media Tips to Help You Kick-Start Your Fundraising for 2017

I happen to work with thousands of schools, churches, missions and nonprofits every day and one of the things I keep getting asked about most is how to master social media. Some Facts About Social Media According to Global Web Index[1], here are some key facts about social media, you should be aware of since [...]

15 11, 2016

A Conversation With a Nonprofit Fundraiser – Part 1

By |November 15th, 2016|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on A Conversation With a Nonprofit Fundraiser – Part 1

Not too long ago, I had dinner with a professional fundraiser. Neil has been in the business for decades. Earlier in his career, he worked with large organizations, but after about a decade he decided to become a consultant. Neil became a fundraising consultant and strategist and worked with organizations large and small with digital [...]

15 09, 2016

3 Ways Nonprofits Can Stop Wasting Time on Social Media

By |September 15th, 2016|blog, leadership, news|Comments Off on 3 Ways Nonprofits Can Stop Wasting Time on Social Media

Social media is important, but many nonprofits are not using tools effectively. That means they’re not having the results they should be seeing. Facebook for nonprofits can be a boon for organizations, but charities have to understand the opportunities, as well as limitations. Facebook is Still King, But… Facebooks is by far the leading social media [...]

7 04, 2016

Get Your Marketing Up To Speed So You Can Compete

By |April 7th, 2016|blog, leadership|Comments Off on Get Your Marketing Up To Speed So You Can Compete

I’ve been writing a lot about the massive changes happening in philanthropy. Competition is no longer a dirty word for nonprofits. Frankly, it should never have been. If you’re paying attention, nonprofits are going to be experiencing even more massive changes. Here are some of the reasons why, but they by no means encompass everything [...]

4 02, 2016

3 Brilliant Things to Do as a New Nonprofit CEO

By |February 4th, 2016|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on 3 Brilliant Things to Do as a New Nonprofit CEO

Are you a first time CEO or the top executive at a new organization? I’ve had the privilege to serve as CEO for both a nonprofit and social enterprise. Being a leader of a nonprofit takes a lot of thought. Times are changing quickly and in today’s fast-paced world, you have staff, donors and others [...]

2 02, 2016

5 Decisive Ways to Support Your Nonprofit Board’s Fundraising Efforts

By |February 2nd, 2016|blog, branding, personal|Comments Off on 5 Decisive Ways to Support Your Nonprofit Board’s Fundraising Efforts

You want to succeed in your fundraising. One of the best places to begin is with your board. It doesn’t matter what type of board giving policies you have and it’s not important who serves on your board. Every board needs the support and motivation to raise money for their organization. All boards have a [...]

28 01, 2016

How Fear-Based Decision-Making Affects Your Organization

By |January 28th, 2016|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on How Fear-Based Decision-Making Affects Your Organization

I’ve written about the permeating fear that exists in the nonprofit sector. I think we’re fast approaching a time where this will hurt many organizations more than they can ever imagine. Nonprofits are not the only game in town any more for social impact and change. If you read my articles, you know a lot [...]

21 01, 2016

5 Things to Keep In Mind When Hiring a New Director of Development

By |January 21st, 2016|blog, branding, personal|Comments Off on 5 Things to Keep In Mind When Hiring a New Director of Development

In 2013 CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund produced a report entitled Under Developed: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising. It shook the social sector. It proved what many people suspected. It focused on the exceptionally high turnover of development professionals. It also explained the contributing reasons for this situation. [...]

6 10, 2015

#ContentMarketing For Nonprofits and the Blackbaud Study

By |October 6th, 2015|blog, development|Comments Off on #ContentMarketing For Nonprofits and the Blackbaud Study

Recently I came across a report from Blackbaud, the Content Marketing Institute and Fusion Spark Media. You can find the study about content marketing in the nonprofit sector here. It’s an excellent presentation and something executive leaders should be reading, not just marketing and fundraising staff. Content marketing is the value your organization provides to [...]