5 Sustainable Habits Your Nonprofit Can Implement Today

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Nonprofit financial sustainability is necessary for organizations like yours to develop lasting strategies that help you not only maintain your current standing but also grow.

CharityProud’s article on sustainability explains that economically sustainable nonprofits “operate within their financial means and use their inherent resources responsibly. Your resources include both tangible (donors, technology) and intangible (staff skillsets, community partners) things.” [...]

Tracking Engagement, Gathering Data, & Putting the Data to Work

Monday, December 30, 2019

Have you ever heard the saying “what gets tracked, gets measured?”  I like to add my own spin to and say that “what gets tracked, gets measured. What gets measured, gets results!”  When nonprofits begin focusing on donor engagement, they have to take into account that their engagement plan must include gathering and tracking data, as well as how to put it to work to make educated decisions.

 

Before we jump into how to track engagement, let's [...]

5 Steps of Engagement: Successful Engagement is a Multi-Step Process

Monday, December 30, 2019

Being in nonprofits for 10+ years, I quickly learned that the engagement of your supporters goes a long way.  Another thing that I learned is that engagement doesn’t have to be hard.  You just have to learn the basics and decide to do them right. As the title of this blog suggests, successful engagement is a multistep process that centers around the following five steps.

1. Get to Know Your Donors

A crucial step in any good relationship is laying the right foundation. Wh [...]

Engagement: What is it and why is it so important?

Friday, November 22, 2019

Any successful nonprofit will tell you that their success can be attributed to their most loyal supporters.  Who am I talking about?  I’m talking about donors, members, volunteers, and advocates.  Those that have been successful also will tell you that without building a solid foundation with your supporters, it will be hard work to keep them around.  A key to helping you build and create those long-lasting relationships is making sure that your organization has an eng [...]

Living Your Values

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

When working in the non-profit world, we talk a lot about our organizational values. Our mission. Our core beliefs. Our purpose. Even in the for-profit world, many organizations proudly and prominently hang their values on their walls. There are sections on websites devoted to the organizational mission. They are showcased in strategic plans and annual reports.   

With all this talk about who an organization is, what they stand for, and why they do what they do, you would think [...]

Importance of Data in Succession Planning

Thursday, March 7, 2019

So you went through the interview process and got the job of your dreams! You’re going to be working at a nonprofit where you have a deep connection with the mission and will be surrounded by other like-minded colleagues. You walk in on your first day and think to yourself, where do I start? You ask your colleague for a login to your database may receive one of the following answers:

What database? Do you mean QuickBooks, Constant Contact, EventBrite and SignUpGenius? Haha! Her [...]

Essential Steps for Successful Volunteer Program Development

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

If you are employed by a relatively new nonprofit that has grown steadily since its founding, congratulations: you are on the path to success. You established your board, vision and mission statements, engaged an initial group of donors, hired your core staff and created community impact through your programming. What’s the next step? In a word: VOLUNTEERS.

Besides financial contributions, the gifts of time and talent are the most important donations that supporters can make to your [...]

Strategies for End-of-Year Campaign Success

Monday, November 28, 2016

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” ---said no fundraiser, ever.

The holiday season is a paradox for most fundraising professionals. Yes, holidays are a time of good cheer filled with turkey, mistletoe and quality time with loved ones. The holidays also are a challenging, pressure-filled time for nonprofits to strike while the iron is hot, capitalizing on goodwill towards men to fund services and programs in the coming year.

In 2012, Charity Navigator conducte [...]

The Three Pillars of (Fundraising) Sustainability

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sometimes, fundraising feels like trying to carry water in a leaky bucket. Donor retention remains at about 60 percent and there are high rates of employee turnover at many nonprofit organizations. The push to fundraise from a donor-centric perspective has proven beneficial but in order to raise more money in support of the mission, keep our donors and employees and create meaningful change we need to take our approach a step further. Nonprofits must be sustainable.

A good fundraiser recog [...]