[News] Healthy Communication and other Nonprofit and Leadership Blogs

news-roundupHave you noticed that nonprofit work places can be some of the most unhealthy places to work? There are certainly exceptions to this rule, but for the most part I’m guessing you’d agree with me.

When we’re making the world a better place, everything else seems to pale in comparison. I mean, we’re feeding kids, saving animals, educating minds and all those wonderful things our organizations do. In Updating the Nonprofit Work Ethic, Stanford Social Innovation Review explores this topic further.

With all of this increased passion, I believe the potential for conflict increases. That’s why it’s that much more important to deal with communication challenges and try to build understanding around different approaches people might choose. Check out the DISC / communication resources below.

Happy reading!

Nonprofit News Roundup


canstockphoto7867487What Science Tells Us About Leadership Potential | Harvard Business Review

Although the scientific study of leadership is well established, its key discoveries are unfamiliar to most people, including an alarmingly large proportion of those in charge of evaluating and selecting leaders. This science-practitioner gap explains our disappointing state of affairs. Leaders should drive employee engagement, yet only 30% of employees are engaged, costing the U.S. economy $550 billion a year in productivity loss. Moreover, a large global survey of employee attitudes toward management suggests that a whopping 82% of people don’t trust their boss. Unsurprisingly, over 50% of employees quit their job because of their managers…


canstockphoto17662095 (1)Nonprofit 411: Negotiating a Major Gift—Respectfully | Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 

Trying to get your board more fully involved in fundraising, but not sure how to coach them? This post is a great start to learning more about negotiating major gifts. Setting the Stage: You just asked for a gift, and received a response that falls into one of three broad categories: Yes. That one is easy. “Let me think about it”—and all its variations. No way…

Updating the Nonprofit Work Ethic | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Those of us who work in the nonprofit sector often distort our view of what “good work” means, because we think the nature of our work is about sacrifice. The fact that nonprofits are often financially strained—under constant pressure to do more with less—amplifies this feeling. As a result, we push through our to-do lists at the expense of taking care of ourselves. Our organizational leaders, boards, and fellow workers reinforce the idea that everything about our work is important—everything is a level 10. And together, we create a culture of overwork and overwhelm. But being a nonprofit professional should not translate to being a martyr…


FPWhy Donor Cultivation Events Are Better Than Cinnabon | Network for Good

Did you know that more than two-thirds (67%) of donors surveyed said that attending donor cultivation events was the main reason they made gifts to nonprofits? To me, that statistic reinforces the invaluable role these events play in our work. Donor cultivation events help connect donors to a cause. What’s even better? They offer a fun, relaxed, and social setting for you (and your Board) to get to know your donors free of intimidation and formalities…

Lifetime Value: Your Donor Acquisition Strategy Secret Weapon | Bloomerang

Understanding the concept of Lifetime Value can have an immense impact on your fundraising practices. Unfortunately, the nonprofit sector does not hold it in as high esteem as the for-profit sector, particularly the tech sector. If you aren’t familiar with Lifetime Value, it can be described in the nonprofit sector as the total net contribution that a donor generates during their “lifetime” within your donor database. Let’s say your initial $25 donor first year donor is properly nurtured and increases their gift by 50% for the next 5 years before lapsing. Their annual giving would look like this…


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