Not So Fast: Keep Chairs and Committees for Virtual Programs
It’s September in the nonprofit universe--the time when many nonprofit organizations kick-off a slate of programming to showcase the importance of their mission, and educate and engage their community. Now that everything is remote, likely for the year, this may have
Don’t Go It Alone–Lean On Your Leadership
Now that we’re settling in to business in the time of Covid, organizations are reinventing their programming. They’re focused on being safely accessible, and rethinking ways to communicate their missions without in-person events. I see teams of talented professionals spending
What’s the Buzz on Fundraising Now?
Buzz, buzz, buzz… What’s that sound? In one ear, it’s the sound of those Japanese Murder Hornets. In the other ear, it’s the sound of the country reopening for business. And non-profits need to get onboard with that latter buzz. The first
Program and development: how and why to build the bridge. Now.
When I get acquainted with a nonprofit, the divide (more like crevasse!) between the organization’s development side and programming side is something I can usually count on. From an operational perspective, this divide makes no sense at all: programs cannot
Prospecting: A Productive Expansion Method, or Why “Donor Reviews” Need To End
As far back in my career as I can remember, I’ve sat in meetings with other professionals and/or volunteers, talking about how we might meet the annual campaign goal for that particular year. Lists of contributors to previous campaigns were
Words Matter–Let’s Change Them
Fundraising. I’ve seen rooms of people cringe at the mere mention. It’s a word with infinite negative associations--residues from years of bad practices. I’d suggest we call the whole thing off if there weren’t so many life-saving, world-changing, mission-driven organizations