Puerto Rico – A Vacation to Volunteer by Rachel Glazer

My husband and I took our three children (ages 14, 12 and 9) to Puerto Rico during April school vacation to volunteer and help in disaster relief.  Coordinating the trip on our own, we booked flights and a hotel, hoping that the rest would fall into place. When we initially looked for volunteer … [Read more...]

Tis the Season for Galas and Donor Dinners

by Kerry Olitzky It’s the season once again for galas and donor dinners. And, if staff members, volunteer leaders as well as supporters, were honest with themselves, they would admit how few look forward to these events. They consume staff time, volunteer hours and generally cost a great deal of … [Read more...]

Would a Staff Member’s Sabbatical Revitalize Your Nonprofit?

I just read an interesting piece in the New York Times, “When Being Unproductive Saves a Career.” It focused on how a sabbatical could revitalize your nonprofit, among the highlights were the twenty years of data to prove: Sabbaticals help retain staff ("One recent study found that 34 percent … [Read more...]

The Key to Any Successful Fundraising Campaign

by Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky There is no obligatory giving Following World War II, as families moved out of urban centers and into the suburbs, they continued to support non-profit institutions, especially synagogues, out of a sense of obligation. Over the last decade, obligation diminished as a … [Read more...]

Prospect Research: A Rundown of the Basics in 5 Steps

by Sarah Tedesco of Donorsearch Modern nonprofit fundraising is all about multi-channel marketing because organizations cannot rely on one or two strategies to sustain their needs. Rather, most nonprofits find success by combining a variety of offline and online strategies such as: Direct … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Recognize Major Gift Prospects in Your Donor Pool

A guest post by Sarah Tedesco, Executive Vice President of DonorSearch, a prospect research and wealth screening company that focuses on proven philanthropy. Let’s open here with a quote from a recent post on this very blog. In speaking about increasing the likelihood that a prospect will say … [Read more...]

Board Leadership – A Burden or a Blessing?

by Rachel M. Woda During a recent conversation with a friend Sam, he mentioned that he had been asked to join a non-profit board. I began to congratulate him when he started to say “They promised me it would only be a few meetings a year and wouldn’t take too much of my time, so that’s good.” I … [Read more...]

Both Sides Of The Coin By Julie Shafer

“To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power.  But to decide to whom to give it, and how large, and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter” -Aristotle Helping individuals and organizations make difficult decisions concerning their … [Read more...]

Empowering Your Board to Make Informed Decisions By William Ferstenfeld, FTA

So you just walked out of your nonprofit’s board meeting.  You spent an hour listening to minutia about upcoming events and committee activities.  But, you also spent barely ten minutes listening to the organization’s financial reports and concomitant policy recommendations.  At the conclusion of … [Read more...]

Leadership – The Risk And The Reward

Every day, there are opportunities to “lead.”  It could be in the work place, at home, or while volunteering in the community.  The chance to make a difference, chart new territory and galvanize a team beckons us to the front of the line.  However, for all the excitement and promise, passion and … [Read more...]