10 Pieces of Paper That Will Strengthen Your Nonprofit

Volunteer packet - Volunteers can be incredibly useful when it comes to ways to strengthen your nonprofit and incredibly time consuming.  Automate some of the systems by creating a packet for volunteers.  You can learn about their interests, explain your priorities and areas of need, and establish a … [Read more...]

MJA Nonprofit Challenge: Maintaining Momentum

One of the stumbling blocks that many nonprofits encounter is starting a project, capital campaign or new program only to have it fizzle out.  There can be many causes for this including the loss of the lead cheerleader, fatigue, or lack of clarity.  But the end result is often the same – less … [Read more...]

MJA Challenge: Judging Your Nonprofit

Last week I posted 3 articles (see the links below) that questioned whether your nonprofit was being perceived in a planned way, or evolved in a haphazard and counterproductive fashion.  The articles, focused on judging your nonprofit, were brief in both their problems and solutions (trying to keep … [Read more...]

MJA Challenge: Overcoming Distractions

Lately I have read, seen and heard a lot about efficiency at the office and various secrets to overcoming distractions. Maybe I am just seeing these ideas because I often work from home and like to remind myself of these gems, or maybe it is a hot topic that a lot of people are discussing. Or maybe … [Read more...]

10 Tips For Getting Organized This Fall

As I was looking at a recent school supply list, I saw the word organizer.  It occurred to me that this fall, my 3rd grade twins are not the only ones who should be considering some additional organization. I have been in my new home for two years and I now have a better idea of how I work in my … [Read more...]

Q: How can one person cultivate, solicit and steward prospects and donors as well as run a series of major fundraising events?

A. We have received quite a few questions in our annual survey on this topic. Let’s face it, there are fewer people having to do more and more every day. The simple answer is time management and prioritization. The more complicated answer is that there is no way to meet, let alone exceed, all … [Read more...]

You’ve Got email by Jordana of Live Organized

So your desk is clear, your files are color-coded, and your emails are....? Just because your desktop is spotless and your files are neatly sorted, doesn't necessarily mean that your e-mail inbox follows suit. Take a minute and open your email inbox. What do you see? Are there hundreds of subject … [Read more...]

How Clean Is Your Data?

If you are like most nonprofits, your Director of Development has turned over every 1 ½ years.  Among the chaos that this turnover leaves at the organization is mayhem in your development tracking systems.  Each new Director comes with lots of energy to incorporate their favorite tracking method, … [Read more...]

Procrastination – Or How To Avoid It

As a committed volunteer, a responsible employee and a family organizer, I am slightly embarrassed to admit this – but I often need deadlines to help me achieve my goals – especially my volunteer jobs. And, I am not alone. Life is busy for everyone. Single or Married. With children or childless. … [Read more...]