As nonprofit leaders, we have a responsibility to show the country what’s working and what’s at stake on the frontlines of America’s most vulnerable communities. But social-sector hard data is sparse at best, and real-time data is even rarer. The longer our sector remains an outlier in a data-driven world, the greater the opportunity cost—and the greater the risk that others will inappropriately use what numbers there are to justify budget cuts and other misguided […]
Congratulations on your successful end-of-year fundraising campaign! After all the hard work put into the final fundraising push of the year, you definitely deserved that extra plate at Christmas dinner and the extra drink (or drinks) on New Year’s Eve – cheers. But now it’s 2018 and the ball has dropped. It’s time to make sure you’re not dropping the ball. Here are a few things you can focus on in the first few months […]
The holidays are over, and kids and college students are packing up book bags and suitcases and heading off to their respective halls of knowledge to learn about the Pythagorean theorem and the significance of metaphors in 18th-century British literature. But what about you? What do you want to learn more about this semester? There are any number of fantastic courses available, but the best place to start is right here. In this article, we’ll […]
Have trouble getting your executive director to make their calls and schedule appointments with major donors? You’re not alone. Executive Directors Often Mean Well, But … The other day, I spoke with Marlene, a campaign director, whose executive director is wonderful in most every way, except—and it’s a big exception—that he had trouble actually getting around to the critical major gift calls he had to make for their campaign.