[News] Yes, Non-profit Boards Are Still Necessary

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!


Are Nonprofit Boards Really Necessary? | Anne WallestadAre Non-profit Boards Really Necessary? | Anne Wallestad @HuffPostImpact

“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.

The Network Approach to Social Change | Social VelocityThe Network Approach to Social Change | Social Velocity @nedgington

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.

Fundraising Planning

Setting your charitable contributions goal - Joyaux AssociatesSetting your charitable contributions goal – Joyaux Associates

…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…

Breaking Down Giving Barriers - Ignited FundraisingBreaking Down Giving Barriers – Ignited Fundraising @LJacobwith

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:
Contented Benefactors
Busy Idealists
Cautious Strivers
Unaware Potentials
Unengaged Critics


Secret Ingredient: Messages that Stick | Nonprofit Marketing | Getting AttentionSecret Ingredient: Messages that Stick | Non-profit Marketing | Getting Attention @NancySchwartz

Weave surprise into your non-profit messages to engage the people whose help you need most.


Making More From Less: How to Repurpose Your Nonprofit's ContentMaking More From Less: How to Repurpose Your Non-profit’s Content @HupSpot

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.

Fundraising Tactics

Ensure Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser Success | Nonprofit Marketing | Getting AttentionEnsure Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser Success | Non-profit Marketing | Getting Attention @NancySchwartz

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:

Nonprofit-Corporate Partnerships: A New Framework | Stanford Social Innovation ReviewNon-profit-Corporate Partnerships: A New Framework | Stanford Social Innovation Review @SSIReview

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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