Solicitor Slowdown? 10 Tips to Motivate Volunteers to Continue Soliciting During a Capital Campaign

As a nonprofit consultant, I have found that even the most devoted board and development committee members have periods of time where they slow down and/or stop making calls and setting up appointments. How do you reset their enthusiasm and motivate volunteers to start solicitations again? … [Read more...]

Assertiveness in the Nonprofit Setting

My family recently got a puppy. Training her, as we have been told, is actually an exercise in training the people in the family. Interestingly, one of my daughters has no assertiveness when she is around the dog (that is not true of her in other situations). She says “come” in a soft sweet tone … [Read more...]

Creating a Meaningful Volunteer Experience – From HS to Retirement

Last week there was an article in the New York Times (an Op-Ed by Frank Bruni) titled, “To Get to Harvard, Go to Haiti?”  Through a conversation with a 17 year-old, followed up by interviews with admission officers, Bruni questions the impact of these week-long ‘mission trips’ to Central America and … [Read more...]

How to Ask Someone to Donate $1,000,000

Recently, I have become aware of a theory called rejection therapy. The idea is that to overcome the fear of rejection you ask for seemingly preposterous things and eventually, you will be immune to the rejection and focused on how to turn the “no” into a “yes.” But can you use this theory if the … [Read more...]

Why He Joined This Board (AKA The Importance of Time, Talent, and Treasure)

I was in a meeting recently promoting 100% board participation in the annual fund when a board member stated, in no uncertain terms, that the board benefits from his expertise, he doesn’t also have to give financially. He doesn't believe you have to give time, talent, and treasure. I can think of … [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...]

Who Is A Better Nonprofit Leader? The Strategic Thinker Or Worker Bee?

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. But at times I think leadership - especially fundraising volunteer leadership comes in two stereotypes so I will pose the question, who is a better nonprofit leader?  The Strategic Thinker or the Worker Bee? The Worker Bee is always in attendance at … [Read more...]

Should Everyone Be a Fundraiser?

Recently I ran a phonathon as the head of the fundraising committee. While this was not my first phonathon, I did learn a few things. Should everyone be a fundraiser? I know that many people do not want to make the calls or meet with people to ask for money. There are many other ways to … [Read more...]

The Fundraising Committee Experience

Last week I took the helm as the head of the fundraising committee of a nonprofit board on which I serve. That makes it sound like a much bigger deal than it is, but as I sat down last week with 4 of the 5 committee members and 1 staff person, I thought that this was the start of a new chapter for … [Read more...]

A Strong Leadership Team — Elements Of Organizational Success – Part 2

Creating A Culture of Asking Series Last month I outlined the first five of the ten essential elements that will help you realize nonprofit capital campaign success.  All of them have to do with,  “leadership…people who do what they say they are going to do.” Now, while this applies to … [Read more...]