Motivating Staff Beyond Money

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” ~Winston Churchill Your organization’s strength lies not just in the mission, but in those who support and promote your goals. How do you ensure that they don’t burn out, and keep them motivated and committed to the mission? How […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Keeping the Competition in Perspective for the New Year

The heart of a nonprofit is its mission. Donors are an indispensable part of fulfilling this mission and the competition is fierce. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, as of 2015, the US is home to more than 1.5 million charitable organizations. Thinking about your competition in this way is certainly overwhelming – […]