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Let’s start with a disclaimer. I know every nonprofit aims to get maximum impact from every fundraiser. But here’s the reality check: too many organizations could make so much more of their fundraising efforts. I know.
As a nonprofit consultant, board member and concerned local citizen, I attend a lot of charity events. What I observe too often are missed opportunities for a stronger take-away from an event. As fundraiser extraordinaire Jennifer McCrea puts it, you want to leave your…Continue
In this season of giving thanks, remember your recurring donors. Those individuals truly are your nonprofit’s partners. Their ongoing support – even when a monthly donation is four figures, including cents – is vital.
Why the shout-out for recurring donors? Like any relationship that feels…Continue
It’s a busy fall of workshops and conferences for me. I’ve been hearing inspiring speakers and meeting accomplished, savvy experts. I’m enjoying a season of learning and networking. About now it’s time to synthesize themes and messages for big ideas that come through. Here are some issues and aims in my sights
Raising the Board Bar
Greater board competence – we know that’s always a goal. And it’s not to say every board is plagued by dysfunction. More so, it’s…Continue
Although I write in the season of ghoulish fun, there’s no holiday “spirit” lurking in this blog. By “fresh blood” I mean bringing on younger board members – not a token one or two, but developing a mindset and method for achieving greater age balance as a rule. I’ve talked often about board composition and urged organizations to think ahead on board demographics. This month I’m also inspired by a recent BoardSource conference I attended in Washington, D.C., which I’ll discuss in…Continue