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...]

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...]

Lessons Learned While Prepping for a Strategic Planning Board Retreat

I recently offered to help a friend, Jen, plan her nonprofit’s retreat. We met for coffee and she explained that she had decided to start off her term as board president by holding a 3-hour strategic planning board retreat (replacing the second board meeting of the year).  The executive director … [Read more...]

Download Effective Board Committee Checklist | 16 Questions to Effective Nonprofit Board Committees

Efficacy and nonprofit boards (and their committees) are not often in the same sentence.  Use this nonprofit committee effective board committee checklist to create a positive experience for your board and its committees. This will help you retain your volunteers as well as their donations. It will … [Read more...]

Nonprofit Committee Checklist | 16 Questions to Ensure Effective Board Committees

Whether your nonprofit has three committees, or ten, make sure they are all efficient and effective board committees. Click here to download a pdf of this checklist Directives: Do they: ___   Know what the function of the committee, what they are expected to oversee and what they should plan … [Read more...]

A Stronger Fundraising and Development Committee

Chapter 2: What would help your nonprofit raise more money this year? A stronger fundraising and development committee. The results of my survey are in, and the schedule is set for a year of articles focused on what would help your nonprofit raise more money in 2017.  This month, I will focus on … [Read more...]

What Your Pop-Up Nonprofit Nominating and Governance Committee Will Miss

Or, turning that around, why YOU need a standing nonprofit nominating and governance committee Many nonprofits create pop-up/ adhoc nominating committees a month or two before they have their annual meeting to determine new board members. And while this is a common practice - this is NOT Best … [Read more...]

New Donors vs. SYBUNTs

The Fundraising Committee Experience, Month 2 Last month I started a series entitled, “The Fundraising Committee Experience.” I gave an overview of my new role as head of the fundraising committee for my town’s education foundation, NEF. Most of the feedback I received was positive, but I did hear … [Read more...]

The Fundraising Committee Experience

Last week I took the helm as the head of the fundraising committee of a nonprofit board on which I serve. That makes it sound like a much bigger deal than it is, but as I sat down last week with 4 of the 5 committee members and 1 staff person, I thought that this was the start of a new chapter for … [Read more...]