[News] Guide for CEO/Board Chair Relationship

If you’re serving as a chair or CEO in a nonprofit, chances are you’ve had challenges with relating to each other. There’s a unique balance of power between the two positions that can vacillate over time or can be different based on the personalities in the positions. The Association of Chairs, a group based in the UK, has developed a resource to help (more information in the Leadership section below).

Scroll down and you’ll see a full list of articles and posts to help stay up-to-date on trends and topics facing the nonprofit world.

Thanks for all you do to make the world a better place!


Leadership

Five Steps to Building an Effective Impact Network | Stanford Social Innovation ReviewFive Steps to Building an Effective Impact Network | Stanford Social Innovation Review @SSIReview

In The New Network Leader series, seven network entrepreneurs—leaders at the heart of some of today’s most sophisticated, large-scale solutions to the world’s social problems—have shared their accounts of catalyzing networks to create powerful social change. Although these networks take many forms, each has required consistent engagement with four network principles—trust, not control; humility, not brand; node, not hub; and mission, not organization—as well as the following fundamental process…

Charity chairs group produces guide to chair/CEO relationshipCharity chairs group produces guide to chair/CEO relationship @CivilSocietyUK

Called A question of balance – a guide to the chair/chief executive relationship, the report emphasizes that there is no perfect or magic formula to making the relationship a success, but chairs must be self-aware, invest time in the relationship and be willing to adapt their approach if it is not working.


 Fundraising Planning

Grants Via DAFs Hit Record $12.49 Billion - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit TimesGrants Via DAFs Hit Record $12.49 Billion – The NonProfit Times @NonProfitTimes

Grants made through donor-advised fund accounts hit an all-time high of $12.49 billion in 2014, a 27-percent increase from 2013’s $9.83 billion. Donor-advised fund accounts, which refer to irrevocable, tax-deductible contributions administered by a charitable sponsor with grants recommended by donors, accounted for 7.6 percent of all individual giving and 5.5 percent of all gifts to charities in 2014.

"Treat Every Donor Like A Major Donor" Is Terrible Advice“Treat Every Donor Like A Major Donor” Is Terrible Advice @bloomerangTech

It’s clear that what the phrase attempts to convey is a culture of donor-centricity. Treat every donor well; shower them with appreciation (quickly), communicate impact, steward them, solicit feedback, etc. etc. – all those great things that you should do for donors to keep them committed, regardless of gift amount. However, simply equating those things to the activities of a major gift fundraiser is problematic for a number of reasons…


Communications

5 Inspiring Nonprofit Get Involved Pages5 Inspiring Nonprofit Get Involved Pages @wiredimpact

Here are five awesome ‘Get Involved’ pages you need to check out. These nonprofits get it. They do a fantastic job promoting all of the ways a potential supporter can get involved with their cause. Take a look. You’ll probably walk away with a few ideas for your own website.

 

Email Is the Best Way to Reach MillennialsEmail Is the Best Way to Reach Millennials @HarvardBiz

With $200 billion in annual buying power by 2017, Millennials have become every brand’s coveted customer. But what’s the best way to reach them?
The answer is email.
For all the talk of email being dead — Too much noise! Too much spam! Too many distractions! Snapchat! — email remains the standard for digital communication. In fact, Millennials check email more than any other age group, and nearly half can’t even use the bathroom without checking it…



Fundraising Tactics

7 More Weeks – Are You Ready for Year-End Fundraising? - Clairification7 More Weeks – Are You Ready for Year-End Fundraising? – Clairification @CharityClairity

Don’t waste the next seven weeks! There are still some things you can do to positively impact your bottom line:
1. Call your lapsed donors.
2. Call and/or visit your major gift prospects now
3. Send a ‘courtship’ communication
4. Make sure it’s easy to donate to you
5. Don’t lose the forest for the trees

Major Gift Fundraising for Smaller Organizations | The Agitator EditorsMajor Gift Fundraising for Smaller Organizations | The Agitator Editors @AgitatorEditors

Surveying 662 completed questionnaires from organizations that generate income under $10 million, and coupling that with an extensive review on the academic literature regarding major gifts, the team offers some valuable insights and recommendations:


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