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...]

Fundraising Begets Fundraising

“Doing begets more doing. It sounds simple, but I’m a firm believer that action can solve so many worries, and just powering through, no matter what, can give you the confidence you need when you feel like you’ve got nothing to offer. It’s in those moments that we must dig deep, ignore the noise, … [Read more...]

Judging a Nonprofit by its Board

This is Part 3 in a mini-series that asks - how do people determine which organizations deserve their donations? While you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (or as a sign in my local library reminded me – you shouldn’t judge a book by its movie), should you judge a nonprofit by its direct mail?  … [Read more...]

Orienting New Board Members

Bringing a new board member on board requires more than an introduction to their new colleagues. To welcome and acculturate them to the board, take the time to plan the process. First, consider creating both individual and group orientation sessions – particularly if you establish one time of year … [Read more...]

Assessing and Improving Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising Skills

If you were to rate your organization’s fundraising skills capabilities on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest), how would you rate your institution? Consider this guide as an overview to improve your organization at any level. If you rated your nonprofit’s fundraising skills and … [Read more...]

Nonprofit Finance Committee 101

In many nonprofits, the few people who specialize in finance review the budget and the rest of the board nods – without any real understanding either of the information, let alone the specific role of the finance committee.  Here is a brief overview of what ought to be expected: The finance … [Read more...]

Working in a Committee

If you are involved in a nonprofit, as staff, board member or volunteer, you are probably participating in at least one committee.  And whether you spend your time on an executive committee, building committee, development committee or nominating committee you are sitting with other people thinking … [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...]

Q & A: Annual Reviews for Nonprofits

Q. I know that our employees deserve annual reviews and that you recommend board self-assessments, but what other aspects of our organization needs annual evaluations? A. At least once a year you should evaluate your: Mission Statement Strategic Plan Campaign Materials Methodology for … [Read more...]

Q & A: Motivating a board to give and solicit

Q. How do I motivate my board to give and solicit funds? A. Board members have the responsibility to both give and solicit funds, but if these financial responsibilities were not mentioned during the recruitment process to the board, it is harder to achieve. Materials provided to all potential … [Read more...]