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...]

Should You Keep Someone On Your Nonprofit Board For Their Name?

As we have been promoting the eBook (and now soft cover version on Amazon), How You Can Engage New Board Members, a few questions have surfaced as trends across nonprofits. One such issue is whether to keep - even if it is a name that is well known? If you are still reading this article, then … [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...]

Knowing Your Donors: Creating Marketing Personas for Your Nonprofit

The past week has been filled with talk about the Super Bowl - both the game and the commercials. This year, the large majority of the post-game ad talk was focused on the two commercials trying to gain awareness for causes. One was an insurance company that focused on a topic that scared the room … [Read more...]

Defining Success

A few weeks ago I attended a conference where Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post gave a keynote address. She gave the attendees many things to think about –in business, marketing and life – but one idea that struck a chord with me was about, “defining success according to what is important to … [Read more...]

Speaking Engagements to Increase Your Annual Fund

Week 8 of 100 Donors in 90 Days offers a compelling case to pick up the phone and begin to arrange speaking engagements for your development staff.  Or CEO. Or both. Why?  Because sometimes it feels as the only talks that your organization gives are to your inner circle and that you are preaching to … [Read more...]

Expanding your Volunteer Pool

Recent articles have focused on volunteers with a stress on board and leadership volunteers.  Nonprofits rely on a steady stream of these individuals – how do you make sure you have enough people feeding the organization’s needs? Current Donors The first place to start is always among your … [Read more...]

Nonprofit Volunteers – From the Over-Committed to the Creative

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article about assessing your volunteers’ satisfaction and offered a download of the four forms that should cover most of your volunteers. (Click here if you missed Reading A Volunteer’s Mind Or Nonprofit Volunteer Evaluation Forms). It got me thinking about my current … [Read more...]

Reading A Volunteer’s Mind

It may come as a surprise to some of you that we encourage everyone to learn how to read a volunteer’s mind as soon as they walk in the door and volunteer to help.   Some of our clients are more successful than others.  Here are some recommendations for “the others.” If you are an organization … [Read more...]

10 Year-End Fundraising Tips

Identify the 10-15 major donors who have yet to give in 2011, assign them to board members for solicitation. Identify 50-100 donors who have yet to give in 2011 and make face-to-face visits to ask them for increased year-end gifts. Don't let reluctant volunteers hold you back. Warm up your … [Read more...]