Don’t Teach Anything New – How to Write a Strong Case for Giving

The best stories don’t teach people anything new. Instead, the best stories agree with what the audience already believes and makes the members of the audience feel smart and secure when reminded how right they were in the first place. – Seth Godin Obviously, Seth Godin is talking about a … [Read more...]

Recent Executive Search Placements

We are proud to have helped the following organizations meet their needs with the following executive search placements: Senior Director of Teen Engagement Dana Prottas is an experienced educational leader who came to USCJ from Minnesota where she was the Director of Yachad, the Jewish … [Read more...]

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Most weeks we use this email to highlight how Mersky, Jaffe & Associates can help you and your nonprofit. Today, we would like to highlight ways that you can help us. Well, “us” in a "help the entire world way." Consider: 1.     Taking this short quiz from our partners at … [Read more...]

We All Want To Know Why Nonprofit Strategic Planning Is Sexy

Nonprofit strategic planning is sexy in the same way nonprofit governance, feasibility study reports and finding the perfect candidate is sexy. Oh wait, I didn’t mean sexy. I meant amazing for my nonprofit or energizing for my organization. The title of this piece was offered by Portent’s Content … [Read more...]

Preventing The Glazed Over Eyes Syndrome during Finance Committee Reports

5 Nonprofit Finance Committee Responsibilities As you can imagine, in my work consulting to a wide variety of nonprofits worldwide, I have attended more than my share of board meetings. Recently, I observed the treasurer of a client organization make the monthly financial report.  As the finance … [Read more...]

Getting Into College Isn’t A Fair Process. Is Getting a Donation For Your Nonprofit More Equitable?

The college admission scandal that has hit the news this week is both surprising and, seemingly, inevitable. There has always been an advantage for many people who have the means to do what is now being called, “socially acceptable” gaming of the college system.* The conversation about demographic … [Read more...]

We Did Not Follow Our Own Advice. We Tried to Go At It Alone. A Cautionary Tale

This is a bit embarrassing, but for the past 17 months, we have been working on a new website. Why 17 months you ask? Because we did not follow our own advice. We tried to go at it alone. It wasn’t a conscious decision or even financially based. We thought we were starting to create our website. … [Read more...]

15 Holidays You Can Celebrate with Donor Stewardship

Holidays come and go. We take days off, we celebrate with friends and family and, hopefully you express appreciation to your community through personalized donor stewardship.  At least, I hope that is what you are doing. Any holiday can be used as a good excuse to call, send a handwritten note, … [Read more...]

How Many Solicitors Does Your Nonprofit Need? Look at Your Solicitor Pool

If you are considering how many solicitors you need, you probably don’t have enough. You are probably relying on the Executive Director, a development staff member or two, and/or a few key board members. And, maybe that has worked for the past few years. But you are only one resignation away from a … [Read more...]

Set New Fundraising Goals for the Year? Make Sure You Have the Resources to Succeed

It’s a few weeks into the new year and, hopefully, you have set your new fundraising goals for the year.  And, if you intend to achieve those goals, we also hope that you have a fundraising plan with a stewardship calendar) in place. There is a reason for the adage, “A goal without a plan is just a … [Read more...]