Every once in a while someone decides to toss things up a bit and suggest some major overhaul to the non-profit sector. Things like tossing out the board or putting major limits on pay (yes, people who work in the non-profit world need to pay their bills too).
This week Anne Wallestad outlines some reasons why boards, while sometimes frustrating, are still a good thing.
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 non-profit world.
Thanks for all you do to make the world a better place!
“Can’t we just get rid of boards? It would be so much easier for me to do my job without one.”
And it’s a somewhat understandable sentiment. The board — as a construct — is not without its challenges. It’s a body that, by design, is meant to bring together influential people with diverse opinions and perspectives. We ask them to bring their expertise and networks, but put aside their personal loyalties and position. And we ask them to tackle big questions of organizational strategy and sustainability and make decisions — as a collective, not as individuals.
In essence, the network approach to social change is one of true leadership — leadership writ large. Because a true leader leaves their ego, and the ego of their organization, aside in order to assemble all the required resources (individuals, institutions, networks, funding) to chart a path towards larger social change. Instead of leading an organization, a network entrepreneur is, in essence, leading a social change movement.
…Not the best way to determine your charitable contributions goal. In fact, I think the least important criteria for setting your charitable contributions goal is “how much you need.” Instead, set your charitable contributions goal by examining both internal and external criteria. For example, internal criteria include…
The Money For Good ($FG) 2015 report shares “the voice of the donor in philanthropic giving.” They break down donors into these five categories or segments:
Weave surprise into your non-profit messages to engage the people whose help you need most.
There are several strategies we can employ to have our voices heard above the noise, some of which actually involve creating less content. Getting more out of your time and effort is especially important for nonprofit whose employees wear many hats, leaving precious little time to devote to content. Here are some tips to repurpose your non-profit’s content.
Today, fundraising extends far beyond motivating people to donate. We want engagement, we want other actions, and we want to build a relationship! We also want as many people as possible rallying for our cause.
Here’s where peer-to-peer (P-to-P) fundraising comes in, as a reliable method of leveraging your existing audience to raise money on your behalf. It’s a great way to reach a broader audience, activate new donors, and re-engage current supporters.
You tell us that your biggest challenge is getting your peer-to-peer fundraisers prepared, informed, and engaged. This five-part fundraising toolkit will be a great help:
For many non-profits, local partnerships with businesses are a challenge. If the non-profit and philanthropic sectors could find ways to collaborate with private businesses more effectively, imagine the potential for quickly scaling solutions that tangibly improve the lives of low-income people.
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