Do you sit on a board? Do you work with a nonprofit board of directors? If so, chances are at some point (or most days), you have experienced frustration and wondered why the board does not function better. The struggle is real. I was recently encouraged by these words: “Board governance is a journey, not … More Board Governance: The Struggle is Real
Did you receive a raise last year? The University of San Diego reported in their 2016 State of Nonprofits publication that in 2015, there was an 18% increase of total nonprofit wages. Sadly, if you are a fundraiser, your salary stayed flat according to the AFP Salary Survey 2015. The mean (average) salary for fundraisers … More Case of the Mondays
I like the article that The Chronicle of Philanthropy published about funders giving significant donations to nonprofit overhead or as the article calls it “less-than-glamorous essentials”. It is exciting to see that funders are giving “general operating grants — the type of flexible funding that charities seek most…” Read the full article here and revisit my Huffington Post … More Less-Than-Glamorous Essentials: Overhead Myth Revisted
Gala season is in full swing this spring and I would like to highlight some beautiful invitations that I’ve collected over the years. An invitation if your organization’s calling card to a potential attendee. While email has taken over many arenas where nonprofits have typically utilized snail mail – and I don’t argue the costs … More Charity Gala: The Best Invitations Ever
With the spring gala-season officially upon the philanthropic community, I wanted to share how to create a successful auction. I think the number one reason for success might surprise you. Typically, fundraising events raise the bulk of the money in two ways: Sponsorships: sold pre-event Auction: silent/live at the event The biggest … More How-To Create a Successful Auction for your next Fundraising Event
A capital campaign is a time-limited effort often conducted in phases by a nonprofit organization to raise significant dollars for a specific project. Often the money raised is to fund the acquisition, construction, or renovation of a building. Sometimes, capital campaigns are used to build an endowment for the future. Here are the typical phases … More The Phases of a Capital Campaign
Raise a glass to creating a fun and social atmosphere in order to introduce potential donors to your nonprofit. Check out a great article by Stay Classy on the 8 Ways to Host the Ultimate Donor Appreciation Event and how to host a successful donor cultivation reception. Cheers!