Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
No matter how rewarding a planning process is in cultivating your stakeholders, focusing your board and staff, and developing your organization, and no matter how promising the goals and objectives of your plan, strategic planning cannot be successful unless it drives... (continued)
Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Finding, cultivating and orienting board members is no small task. Strong boards understand that a focus on new members requires a clear understanding and commitment to the notion of governance—not management (the role of staff) as well as stewardship, dedication and consistency.... (continued)
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT
Strategic planning has a dicey reputation for any number of reasons:
- it often is tedious and time-consuming;
- the issues it identifies are either obvious or not critical to the mission (or both);
- the actions it specifies are vague and unmeasurable;
- it... (continued)
Wed, Jul 08, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Coaching is a transformational tool in any manager’s toolkit. Partnering with employees in a coaching relationship helps them take greater ownership for their performance, increase their creative problem skills, and offers the opportunity for greater self-awareness and insight.
At its best, coaching is a partnership designed to... (continued)
As fundraising continues to evolve from basic transactions between donors and development staff to relationship building, participation by staff and leaders throughout the organization takes on greater significance. In order to survive and thrive through the ups and downs of a fluctuating economy, it... (continued)
Although this video addresses Oregon law in particular, most of the information discussed in the video applies to all states.
A Note from the Department of Justice
Thank you for serving as a director of a nonprofit. Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in... (continued)
For nonprofits, email fundraising is a strategy in decline.
According to recent M+R Benchmark research, response rates for email fundraising have dropped by 12 percent since 2013. Response rates for email advocacy dropped by 18 percent in the same time period.
Every quarter, it becomes more and... (continued)
Planning is one of the hardest parts of crowdfunding. Ask for too much, and you'll be disappointed if you don't hit your goal. Ask for too little, and you could be leaving money on the table!
We designed the crowdfunding calculator to help solve this problem.
We crunched the numbers from other WeDidIt campaigns and used them... (continued)
Peter J. Heller Consulting helps nonprofits with their fundraising strategies. We are located in Manhattan with clients primarily in New York City and throughout the Northeast. We build teams of consultants to meet the custom needs of each client.
The company is run by Peter Heller who has maintained a successful career over
25 years... (continued)
This exercise will help you identify ways to solidify your relationships with your current donors by making them feel more appreciated, in the know, and included in the work of your organization, through communications (e.g. newsletters, social media). How donors feel about your organization is a strong indicator of whether they will give again or not.
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Major gifts-whether $1,000 or $100,000 or anything in between-still produce the lion’s share of a nonprofits philanthropic revenue. The key to a successful program to identify, inform, interest and involve major gift donors, is more than simply asking-as important as the solicitation is. This... (continued)
A board assessment can be an easy, fun and quick way to hone the board's attention and energy. Through an assessment, board members gain a common understanding and discover characteristics of powerful boards. The follow-up to the assessment then builds the unique culture and strengths of the current board. Doing an annual assessment keeps the board fresh, informed and focused.
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Delegation is a common management task yet one that can be deceptively challenging in skill set, time management, and mindset requirements. When we don't delegate, though, we miss an opportunity for everyone to do their best work -- for managers to focus on their core talents and for employees to develop new skills, strengths and abilities.... (continued)
Completed by: Desiree Del-Zio, David Drazenovich, Suzanne Person, Ashley Rodriguez
Although MAAC has successfully operated Casa, and a similar facility for men, empowering individuals to achieve the goal of long-term sobriety, the organization wants to better understand if Casa fits within the mission of MAAC, and to assess its... (continued)
Completed by: Sarah Adams, Jessica Green, and Laura Purdom
A USD consultant team worked with HandsOn San Diego to collect preliminary research that would lay the foundation for future strategic planning. HandsOn San Diego’s mission is to strengthen communities through volunteer action and leadership development. The research... (continued)
Wed, Feb 04, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Do you want to position your social enterprise work as cutting-edge and worthy of new investment? Do you want to become a respected thought leader in your field? In the marketplace of ideas, those who write well are seen as the “experts” at much more than putting words on a page. (The words... (continued)
Your organization's financial information is critical; you depend on it to make future programming decision. It is essential that your records contain accurate, reliable information and that adequate internal controls are in place. Examining your accounting processes & financial records is the best way to... (continued)
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Most of us know the quote, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main". The reality is that we all need relationships to do our work, reach desired outcomes within our organizations, or transform the communities we serve. In this webinar, learn more... (continued)
At the heart of Charting Impact are five powerful questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results.
For each nonprofit or foundation, Charting Impact encourages strategic thinking about how it will achieve its goals. Responding to the five questions creates a unique report that... (continued)
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Board members, staff, donors, and stakeholders of all types (clients, suppliers, regulators, partners) need to be engaged in the planning and implementation of new strategies and actions. But how can you do this efficiently when there may be many different views and priorities?
This session will introduce key principles... (continued)
Grow Your Major Gifts: Then Don't Let Them Wither on the Vine -- Learn to Make Dynamic 'Moves' and Passionate 'Asks'
Wed, Jan 07, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Asking is scary. As a result, too often nonprofits spend tons of time cultivating, cultivating and cultivating. But they never get to the ask! Or, if they do, they leave money on the table. To assure that you cut to the chase requires a plan and a... (continued)
The primary benefit of the planning process is the process itself, not a plan. It is essential to put energy and effort into planning your process. The four questions you want to answer: Where are we? Where do we want to be in the future? What part of the status quo do we need to change to get us where we want to be in... (continued)
Want to build a grant program? With Elevate, you’ll work with a team of people – including an experienced senior writer and strategist, an associate-level grant writer, and a client relations associate responsible for data entry, meeting agendas, and notes. Learn more about our model with this attachment.
Here are 3 specific things you need to be DOING with your legacy donors to keep the wonderful relationship with your organization and maintaining them on board, happy, and feeling connected.
It's not hard. It just requires your decision to do them.
Pull together your wonderful A-team. Start enhancing your gift... (continued)
Is your board up to the task of taking on a major capital campaign? Without full board member readiness, a campaign is unlikely to gain the foothold it needs to achieve optimal results. We’ve compiled a list of indicators that can help you determine whether your board is up to the... (continued)