Why Every Board Member Should Write An Annual Appeal Letter

Here is a great (and relatively short) exercise to encourage donor-centric thinking among your board and/or committees. Use this with anyone and everyone you can.  In addition to a new way of thinking, you can improve donor retention and have new ideas about what to write in your donor appeal … [Read more...]

Download Effective Board Committee Checklist | 16 Questions to Effective Nonprofit Board Committees

Efficacy and nonprofit boards (and their committees) are not often in the same sentence.  Use this nonprofit committee effective board committee checklist to create a positive experience for your board and its committees. This will help you retain your volunteers as well as their donations. It will … [Read more...]

Nonprofit Committee Checklist | 16 Questions to Ensure Effective Board Committees

Whether your nonprofit has three committees, or ten, make sure they are all efficient and effective board committees. Click here to download a pdf of this checklist Directives: Do they: ___   Know what the function of the committee, what they are expected to oversee and what they should plan … [Read more...]

Who, What, How, Why and When to Follow Up After Each Appointment

Last week, I wrote asked, and answered, What Makes a Successful Fundraising Campaign?  In the list of essential tasks for volunteers and staff, I included, “follow up after each appointment.” I didn’t want this to get lost because follow up from volunteers will, literally, make or break a campaign. … [Read more...]

What Makes a Successful Fundraising Campaign?

Recently, a prospective client asked whether we thought that they had the resources for a successful fundraising campaign. They were questioning whether their staff had time to dedicate to a new fundraising initiative, their current database could manage the new data, and whether they would have … [Read more...]

Taking a Leadership Position? Start with the Right Habits

Quick question: If you are starting a new job and you want to start going to the gym again do you: Wait until you settle in, then figure out how gym time can fit into your schedule Start hitting the gym the first week of your new job, making both a bit harder (but, you are doing both) … [Read more...]

Strengthening Your Board, Staff and Clergy

This past week I presented at the NATA conference with David A. Mersky and Rachel M. Woda. We knew there were interesting competing sessions, so we were pleasantly surprised with the strong turnout.  I’d like to think this was based on the presenters and the firm’s reputation but I’m sure a lot of … [Read more...]

The Role of the Executive Director in Nonprofit Governance

Managing relationships among lay leadership and staff. Navigating the relationships between senior staff and lay leadership is critical to mission driven work and seamless operations.  We believe this so strongly that we even wrote a book about it.  You can get your own copy—either electronic or … [Read more...]

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...]