[News] Importance of Board Oversight

First, Happy New Year! I hope you feel like you’ve had a good start so far. A new year can be a chance for new beginnings as well as a reminder to assess what’s working – and what isn’t – and make appropriate changes to your approach. The world is constantly changing around us so we must be ready to make those adjustments as needed.

Starting off the new year with a slightly different look to my News roundups. Hope you enjoy it!


Communications

The difference between boring fundraising and inspiring fundraising - Future Fundraising Now The difference between boring fundraising and inspiring fundraising – Future Fundraising Now. A few tweaks can convert your fundraising from boring to inspiring. Read more here. How to Create a Team Nonprofit Blog that Speaks to Your Audience | Firespring.orgHow to Create a Team Nonprofit Blog that Speaks to Your Audience | Firespring.org. ‘But I don’t have time to blog’ is a common reason organizations give for not providing updated content on their website. Here’s a simple way to overcome that – recruit others to help!

Fundraising Planning

How to Turn Year-End Givers into Life-Long Donors | The Digital DripHow to Turn Year-End Givers into Life-Long Donors | The Digital Drip. Believe it or not, your year-end campaign doesn’t end on December 31. Planning strategic follow-up through February to establish and foster ongoing relationships with donors is one of the most valuable things you can do to use the end of the year to propel your fundraising efforts in the future.” [NEW DATA] Donor Retention Is On The Rise![NEW DATA] Donor Retention Is On The Rise! There has been a lot of good news recently concerning nonprofit performance, but none as exciting as the 2014 Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Survey Report, just released by the Urban Institute and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Most notably, median donor retention rose for the first time in years!

Fundraising Tactics

3 Tips for a More Effective Online Donation Form | Wired Impact3 Tips for a More Effective Online Donation Form | Wired Impact. The average donation form abandonment rate for nonprofits is somewhere between 50% and 70%. That means more than half of the people who click on your donate button aren’t actually donating. Here are some tips to increase your donation rate. 10 Ways to Increase Conversions Using Psychology [Infographic] | HubSpot10 Ways to Increase Conversions Using Psychology [Infographic] | HubSpot. Whether you’re trying to make a sale or get a gift, it helps to understand psychological triggers. Check out this infographic for some ideas.

 Leadership

Political Ties and Lack of Oversight Enabled This Nonprofit’s Mismanagement | Nonprofit Quarterly Political Ties and Lack of Oversight Enabled This Nonprofit’s Mismanagement | Nonprofit Quarterly. In September of this year, Community Action of Minneapolis closed its doors as years of mismanagement were revealed in an audit by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Resolutions for nonprofit boards - 5 things to stop | Cause & Effect Resolutions for nonprofit boards – 5 things to stop | Cause & Effect. In this 2-part series, Gayle Gifford shares both 5 things to start doing and 5 things to stop doing. Resolutions for nonprofit boards – 5 things to stop: 1. Stop describing your board as dysfunctional. 3. Stop assuming. 4. Stop wasting time…

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