Category Archives: Musings

Stewardship in the time of COVID-19

Different nonprofits have handled the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. In addition to having most, if not all staff, working from home, many have had to furlough, reduce salaries and/or shift around job descriptions among the people who are still working. Times are… [Read more…]

Can Nonprofits Turn Previous Failures Into Future Success?

Listen to any conference speaker, self-help guru or tech entrepreneur and you are sure to hear about their failures. Of course, they are speaking because they turned their failures into lessons that helped them succeed. Can you imagine going to a funder and… [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… [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… [Read more…]

#GivingTuesday Update – Development is Not Just Fundraising

On #GivingTuesday I received 20+ solicitations. On Wednesday, the following day, I received only 2 #GivingTuesday updates. Only 2 organizations thought I would care about the results? Here is a list of excuses I have heard from friends, clients, colleagues, and nonprofits around… [Read more…]