[News] Pride, Stories and What Boards Should Avoid

Lately I’ve been pondering what my message is to the world. Over the past seven years in working with nonprofit leaders, there are some constants that I’ve noticed. One that really stands out is the need to have more pride in the work we do – pride in who we are as nonprofit leaders and in the positive impact we have on the communities we serve. Too often, in my early meetings with clients, I see something that doesn’t look like pride at all. It really looks a little like shame – or disappointment. My guess is it’s more about burnout, but that’s a topic for another day. Regardless of what it is, it really breaks my heart to see that.

We need to stand tall – and be proud. We in the nonprofit sector have such a positive impact on our economy (over 10% of GDP in most communities), the communities we serve and the donors who fund that. We help build social connections and a stronger overall community beyond those we directly serve. We provide something for people to strive for – connections, meaning, impact.

Be proud – and happy leading!

Communications

Keys to Brilliant Nonprofit Storytelling Part 4: Story StructureKeys to Brilliant Nonprofit Storytelling Part 4: Story Structure

Every good story has a structure that follows a basic pattern, including stories that are simply meant to provide raw information. Even the most dry PowerPoint presentation should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, with certain key events that help the watchers understand where they are. In a story, the beginning consists of the setup and the key incident. The middle contains the turning point. The end contains the climax and the resolution.

A Great Nonprofit Annual Report in a Fabulous Infographic | Kivi's Nonprofit Communications BlogA Great Nonprofit Annual Report in a Fabulous Infographic | Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog

Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank is a small, local nonprofit serving pet owners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They are powered by an army of supporters who donate time, money, and pet food in good faith that their gifts are being used wisely and that they are investing in the long-term success of our program. Established in 2008, they had never done an annual report. Their board of directors concluded that it was time to share with their supporters the amazing impact they’ve had in the community.

 

Fundraising Planning

America's Fundraising Playbook? [Hint: You're probably not reaching today's donors] | npENGAGEAmerica’s Fundraising Playbook? [Hint: You’re probably not reaching today’s donors] | npENGAGE

The nonprofit playbook is not only due for an overhaul but probably ALREADY out of date! As this study highlights, not only do we need to better tailor our messages to resonate with tomorrow’s untapped donors, but also that the sector needs to rethink who it is reaching out to altogether. The study found that the American population has evolved, but the pool of donors being reached hasn’t kept pace. As fundraisers, it’s our responsibility to widen that pool to include the full spectrum of potential supporters.

Small and New Nonprofits Benefit from Donor ManagementSmall and New Nonprofits Benefit from Donor Management

It is common for small nonprofits to question if donor management is really necessary. After all, you may only have a handful of contacts or a few regular donors. But that is precisely why even small nonprofits need a well thought-out donor management plan to retain donors and to broaden your donor base, so your organization won’t be distressed by the loss of a major donor.

 

Fundraising Tactics

6 Things You Need to Know About Your Donor List6 Things You Need to Know About Your Donor List

Want to know what it takes to create repeatable, sustainable funds for your nonprofit? It’s all about the donor list. Think about it: when you surround your nonprofit with a lot of people who care about your work, you have a ready-made army of supporters. They’ll be there to support your work in an ongoing way because they care about the lives your nonprofit is changing. The more importance you place on the list, the better. Nurture it. Take care of it. Grow it. It’s your future.

The Nonprofit Marketing BlogThe Nonprofit Marketing Blog

What good is a monthly giving program if no one can learn more about how it will help further your mission? How are you featuring monthly giving on your website and donation pages? Here are a few web page examples that are seeing good results..

 

Leadership

Study Value of Strengthening Financial Management Capacity of Nonprofits: FundRaising SuccessStudy Value of Strengthening Financial Management Capacity of Nonprofits: FundRaising Success

Nonprofit organizations deliver many of the crucial social services Americans receive, yet weak financial management often threatens their ability to continue doing so. A new report, The Skills to Pay the Bills, an Evaluation of an Effort to Help Nonprofits Manage Their Finances, demonstrates how building the skills of nonprofit leaders can help them improve the financial management of their organizations.

Common Practices Nonprofit Boards Need To Avoid | Eugene FramCommon Practices Nonprofit Boards Need To Avoid | Eugene Fram

Peter Rinn, Breakthrough Solutions Group, published a list of weak nonprofit board practices. There is much that nonprofit boards can do about avoiding common practices that weaken the effectiveness of the board. Following are some of the items listed…

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