Does Your Organization Have an Emergency Leadership Transition Management Plan?

Emergency leadership transition management has been on my mind ever since the tragic, untimely death last month of Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., z”l, may his memory be for a blessing, the 12th  president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  As soon as shiva—the seven days of … [Read more...]

Afraid of Choosing the Wrong Executive Search Candidate? You Should Be.

Hiring a new executive director or other senior position? Most nonprofits assume it will be some work, but within their board/staff’s skills.  They believe they just have to follow some basics steps: create a job description post it on the major sites screen the candidates interview … [Read more...]

Interview Questions Explained by A Nonprofit Executive Search Firm

As a nonprofit executive search firm, we work with many executive directors and board members to find the ideal candidate for their organizations.  We guide them on how to create a process designed to attract the best candidates, review potential candidates, understand best practices for interviews … [Read more...]

Analyzing your Nonprofit Before Your Next Hire

In this column, I have previously talked about organizational and development assessments as a tool to understand your development skills or prior to a capital campaign, but recently we have employed this type of assessment at the beginning of an executive search. Why? We use this tool when … [Read more...]

Could A 55-year Old Development Professional Save Your Nonprofit?

Are you biased against hiring older employees? More and more reports have been surfacing about disadvantages in the workplace – many unintended by employers. But what if the answer to the problem at nonprofits is not only in creating awareness, but in creating long-term vision. Awareness From … [Read more...]

Donor Acquisition – Ways To Acquire New Donors, Staff Turnover and Resources

In week 10 of 100 Donors in 90 Days, Ken Burnett shares his expertise in Donor Acquisition. His early days included helping innovate Greenpeace’s now standard use of young people encouraging other people to give in public places. Since then, he has written books and helped many organizations … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Retain Fundraising and Development Staff and Reduce Turnover

Regular readers of my articles know that I am a firm believer that reducing turnover and focusing on how to retain fundraising and development staff is one of the best investments your nonprofit can make. The amount of money and time lost during a lame duck employee’s remaining tenure, interviewing … [Read more...]

A New Year – A New Chance to Make Staff Happy

Looking back at the past year of articles, we have focused on many of the human resources that nonprofits rely on to thrive.  We have suggested ways that boards can improve themselves, offered ideas for staff self-improvement and encouraged volunteer acknowledgement and growth opportunities.  In the … [Read more...]

Nonprofit Executive Director Skills

Two weeks ago we challenged you to look at your skills and knowledge to consider what areas were in need of improvement.  But what if you are unsure what areas you should consider. In other words, do you know what you don’t know? Well consider these areas for one of the more commonly held … [Read more...]

Hiring a Volunteer

The concept of “hiring” a volunteer has become increasingly relevant. A wide variety of organizations have “employed” volunteers for years in obvious ways – working at a hospital gift shop or helping with lunch duty at a school (I do this once a month). But pushing the concept a bit further, … [Read more...]