Brand Alignment: Part 1 — Start With Strategy

Earning the trust of a local community is tough. Getting people to give of themselves is even harder. Asking donors for money? It’s the ultimate challenge for nonprofit organizations. But, regardless of how hard you work to achieve these things, there is one factor that can either pave your path to success or throw up […]

Why Your Nonprofit Needs an Audit Committee

Creating both a finance committee and an audit committee offers a number of benefits to a nonprofit organization. Not only might it be a legal requirement, such as in New York under the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013[1], but if a nonprofit’s finances are independently audited[2], you should certainly consider having an audit committee to […]

The Art of Taking Minutes

Have you ever been in a board meeting and looked around to see that no one was taking notes on what was being said in the meeting? Or have you sat down at the beginning of a meeting and heard the question, “So, who’s taking minutes today?” Minutes are incredibly important to any board meeting […]

4 Tips for Fun Family Volunteering

Are you trying to come up with some fun and valuable things that you can do with your family? Family volunteering is always worthwhile. It’s a great way to give back to your community, to bond with your spouse and kids, and to show your children the value of doing good things for others. If […]

The Essentials of Educating Your Board of Directors

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela Education forms the foundation from which most everything else is created, making it one of the wisest investments a nonprofit can expend its precious resources on. Nowhere is this truer than taking the time to educate your board […]

Evaluating Your Nonprofit Board of Directors

One of a nonprofit’s most valuable assets is its board of directors. To create this value, a board must be diverse, dedicated and eager to assist your agency in fulfilling its mission. In today’s competitive philanthropic environment, it is essential to regularly measure the functionality and influence of your nonprofit board and determine practices and […]

Succession Planning – Part II

Nonprofit organizations are particularly known for doing their best to provide stellar services to those in need while working with limited funding and, often, fewer human resources than the typical for-profit company. It’s the nature of the business, as they say. While this may be true, philanthropic organizations still face the challenges that all organizations […]

Crowdfunding Offers Exponential Philanthropic Possibilities

Fundraising is a fundamental necessity for nonprofits. Without adequate funding, mission fulfillment simply will not be possible. One trend that has evolved and grown explosively over the past few years (and appears here to stay) is crowdfunding, a social media savvy method of using online technology to reach the masses and rally the troops for […]

Annual Plan is Strategic Plan’s Greatest Tool for Success

Most nonprofit organizations have (or should have!) a long-term strategic plan, one that they have spent a great deal of time and resources to develop. By engaging various staff, board members and stakeholders, the strategic planning process can be an effective way to identify strategies that will support the organization as it strives to fulfill […]