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, Nov 04, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Does your mission statement differentiate your nonprofit clearly and concisely? Could it describe any of several other organizations? If you're clear about your value to your community, stakeholders and/or cause, why bother to “wordsmith” your mission statement? The answers to these questions can... (continued)
Wed, Dec 02, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
What will happen the next time you have the opportunity to connect with an elected official or other potential sponsor? Imagine that s/he is standing in front of you, curious and asks: "How can I help?" What will you say?
To create lasting and sustainable change, you need strong advocacy and... (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, Jun 03, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage and cultivate stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Its primary product is not a written plan, but strategic thinking within the organization, which is achieved through a... (continued)
Wed, May 20, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
You know that your organization matters to your supporters, but social media status updates are falling upon deaf ears. What is missing? More often than not, it’s simply a question of stepping back and looking at three things: Who is your audience, what do they want to discuss, and how are they valued online... (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)
Why you should get this Checklist
If your Board, your CEO and your Executive Management Team are not passionate about your donors then it will be extraordinarily difficult – if not impossible – to succeed with major gifts fundraising.
This is a simple 17-point Checklist that will take you through all the key... (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)
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Does your mission statement differentiate your nonprofit clearly and concisely? Could it describe any of several other organizations? If you're clear about your value to your community, stakeholders and/or cause, why bother to “wordsmith” your mission statement? The answers to these questions can make the difference between sustainable... (continued)
Congressman Bill Posey served in the Florida House for eight years and then the senate before going to Washington. He likes to tell the story about when he was first elected and asked an experienced elected official what politics is all about. The old pro said, “Politics is just a matter of who gets what, when.”
“I was... (continued)
Is your organization a Dust Collector, Compliance Officer, or Coach? Ideally, your performance measurement initiatives result in desired outcomes, such as improved performance, increased funding, and improved public relations. Has this been your experience? Or are you like many organizations... (continued)
Tue, Aug 05, 2014 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Donor retention (how many donors continue to give to your organization after their first gift) is at an all-time low. It’s abysmal and worrisome.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals found that 70% of all donors that... (continued)
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Once your organization has developed an online social community, the next step is to move them to action! What's the secret to designing and executing a successful online engagement campaign, powered by social media? In this webinar, we'll cover when you know your organization is ready to create a campaign, designing the... (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.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License.
Collective impact is a new approach for tenacious problems in which multiple, diverse, cross-sector stakeholders work together to coordinate their efforts and assets towards a systems change that will create break-through differences in complex problems.
Social change is complex, and there are many moving factors that impact a specific client outcome. Even when rigorous program evaluation methods including a control group are in place, questions may linger regarding if it was the program or some other factor that made the ultimate difference or influenced the desired... (continued)
No question: We waste a lot of time in meetings when we could be getting more important work done. But sometimes there's just no substitute for real-time conversations. Emails, instant messages and shared portals can only take you so far, especially when you're pressured to accomplish a lot in a... (continued)
If you'd rather walk through fire than facilitate a virtual meeting, you're not alone! (Come to think of it, leading virtual meetings can actually feel a bit like walking through fire!) Whether you're a project leader, group manager, subject manager expert, or individual contributor, sooner or later, you'll lead a... (continued)
Wed, May 21, 2014 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
The essential success of a nonprofit organization is dependent upon leadership--both volunteer and professional. In this fast-paced webinar, we will focus on the core responsibilities of the board--both individually... (continued)
Whether you are recruiting for an advisory board or a board of directors, it makes sense to have an application as part of a larger recruitment process. Board service is an important responsibility; protect and lead the mission by using best practices in board recruitment. This sample application can be... (continued)
Not all survey results are created equal. With the proper survey sample size, surveys can yield powerful data to gauge program outcomes. They are also great resources for understanding the needs and desires of your ideal clients. Knowing this information can help you improve your... (continued)