[News] Creating Your Future

Are you leading your organization in to a new, better and brighter future? How’s it going? If you’re like many in the sector, it’s likely a case of three steps forward and two steps back. It’s easy to get frustrated, but is easier to take if we can apply a framework to the situation (at least I know that’s helpful for me).

In looking at change, it’s easy to forget that we’re now only managing the present and heading for the future, we also need to help people selectively forget the past. Read more below in an article from the Harvard Business Review.

Happy reading!


FraudCrooked Fundraisers Beware | Agitator @AgitatorEditors

“As part of their exposé investigative reporters Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart reported on the family behind this current scam — How One Family Turned Your Goodwill Into Their Livelihood. Read it and shudder… both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a Federal Judge came down — hard — on penalties for the fraudsters… there’s an important WARNING…”


Fewer Nonprofits Got 501(c)(3) Status in 2015 | Foundation Group® @foundationgroup

“The Internal Revenue Service issued its annual compilation of agency data yesterday. In what was a surprise to many, the number of approved applications for 501(c)(3) status actually dropped in 2015 from 2014’s numbers… It’s important to note, however, that despite the slight 8% drop, 2015 was the second highest year for approvals ever. By contrast, 2011, 2012, and 2013 fiscal years all reflect approval figures below 50,000.”

Great Innovators Create the Future, Manage the Present, and Selectively Forget the Past | Harvard Business Review @HarvardBiz

“What’s missing from the managerial toolkit is a way for managers to allocate their—and their organization’s—time and attention and resources on a day-to-day basis across the competing demands of managing today’s requirements and tomorrow’s possibilities. But as anyone who has ever tried to lead innovation knows, the challenge goes beyond…”

Fundraising Planning

HilbornEntrepreneurial fundraising – Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders @Hilborninfo

“…however much it is that we currently raise, the status quo still finds the world troubled by poverty, violence, sickness, oppression and environmental degradation.  We need to raise more. We need to harness entrepreneurial thinking to catapult our fundraising efforts…”

Donor engagement lifecycleDonor Engagement Cycle: Inspire. Learn. Engage. Ask. Thank. Show Impact. | CauseVox @CauseVox

“…we have learned that happy donors are retained donors, but how do we make our donors happy? Is there a way to ensure that they continue to give? The solution is the donor engagement cycle. Follow the outlined steps over and over again with your donors to keep them actively involved…”


Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 9.49.26 AMWhy Ignoring GuideStar’s Profile Pages Damages Your PR Strategy | Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog @kivilm

“…as the nonprofit world rightfully argues that impact is more important than overhead ratios, organizations like GuideStar are working to put the financial numbers in context. As a result, they are providing nonprofits with opportunities to do much more than report on their salaries and expenses. In GuideStar’s case, this means giving nonprofits the keys to telling the story…”

Jeff12 fake grammar rules that can make you a lousy fundraiser – Future Fundraising Now @JeffBrooks

“About 90% of everything that’s said about grammar is bogus — useless, obtuse, or flat-out inaccurate. And most of it will make your writing (and your life) worse if you follow it. That’s why this author likes this post from Arrant Pedantry, an excellent grammar-focused blog…”

Fundraising Tactics

Political AdvocacyRolling with the Political Punches: Advocacy in an Election Year | npENGAGE @blackbaud

A recent “study found that political donors who donated in 2012 gave more to nonprofits in 2012 than they did the year before. This is because a donor who is giving to a political campaign is an engaged citizen who wants to not only participate in our political system but also engage with nonprofits and causes they care about. Here are 3 tips…”


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