Lessons From the Results of the Nonprofit Feasibility Study: A Case Study

Last summer, I helped conduct a feasibility study for a nonprofit.  The study was geared toward understanding whether this community was willing to invest in a new building, programmatic improvements and a much needed endowment fund.  We presented the results and the answers were mixed.  The … [Read more...]

Criteria for Board Member Candidate Consideration

Every Board Member’s Responsibility As I wrote last month in Identifying Potential Board Members for Your Nonprofit, every board member should play an important role in introducing prospective board members to the nonprofit and cultivating their interest in it. It may take as long as several … [Read more...]

Identifying Potential Board Members for Your Nonprofit

Last month, in our continuing series on strengthening your agency’s board and volunteer leadership, I detailed the basic responsibilities of a board member and outlined how to begin “Assessing the Current Makeup of Your Nonprofit Board.” This month, I will focus on the ways in which you might … [Read more...]

Tip of the month: Hooray for Nonprofit Consistency

Often, our articles focus on the areas that are lacking in a nonprofit. How to improve yourself How to strengthen staff development How to engage your board members in the development process How to get your campaign unstuck, etc. But don't forget to recognize your strengths. Why not … [Read more...]

A New Year – A New Campaign Strategy

Sometimes, after the quiet phase is over and the initial excitement of a new campaign has passed, organizations realize their campaign is no longer moving forward.  It happens slowly, and then, all of a sudden you realize there has not been a new gift in more than a month, fewer people are showing … [Read more...]

Executive Coaching: Executive Presence When Hiring From Within

Nonprofits often promote from within which is commendable in many ways.   With hopes that the candidate will grow into the position, weaknesses are overlooked to enable quicker transition time, relationship retention and improved morale.  But when things settle, many of these newly promoted … [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...]

Management vs. Leadership

We’ve written articles on the difference of annual funds vs the annual appeal and fundraising vs development.  Now it is time to consider the difference between leadership and management. What is the difference? Management takes care of the nonprofit’s resources (financial, human, physical, … [Read more...]

What’s the Name of Your Leadership Style?

In the past week I have had three different friends recount bad manager stories.  The similarities were striking considering the businesses were drastically different in size, scope and non-profit/for-profit status.  Each friend has a boss that is fickle when making decisions, often caused by a … [Read more...]

Challenge: Improve Your Work

If personal growth is essential to contentment then I would extrapolate that development of your work skills enhances work-place contentment. However, most of us get caught up in the day-to-day of our jobs and do not look to do anything beyond the norm. Your challenge of the month is to do … [Read more...]