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Wayne Elsey

About Wayne Elsey

Wayne Elsey, CEO, Wayne Elsey Enterprises, Funds2Orgs, str@tegic and 501C3U has successful led organizations in the for-profit, social enterprise and non-profit sectors. In addition to growing his companies, today he is a highly sought after public speaker and authority on topics related to leadership, branding, social activism, motivation, and community engagement. His network appearances include: NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Today Show, & Fox News.
13 07, 2017

Don’t Insult Your Job Applicants with a Phony Form Letter

By |July 13th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on Don’t Insult Your Job Applicants with a Phony Form Letter

A few days ago I was scrolling through a group on Facebook, and I stopped to read the comments on a post. A nonprofit sent a letter to a job applicant in the mail and essentially informed her that she was not chosen for the position. You would think that’s a good thing, but not [...]

11 07, 2017

A Board Member’s Health Versus a Nonprofits Need

By |July 11th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on A Board Member’s Health Versus a Nonprofits Need

I learned of a small nonprofit that had to deal with a board member who was not able to fulfill his responsibilities due to cancer. A colleague of mine, whom I'll call Jim, said to me there was a "raging internal debate" about whether to keep this board member or force the individual to resign. [...]

6 07, 2017

Ending Charity as We Know It with Opportunity

By |July 6th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on Ending Charity as We Know It with Opportunity

If you’re a donor, executive director or team member at a nonprofit, I have a question for you. Do you think the current philanthropic model works and empowers those you serve in deciding how and what benefits them most? Although I believe that charity is necessary for some instances, I don't believe our current philanthropic [...]

29 06, 2017

Why You Should Care About Managing Up

By |June 29th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on Why You Should Care About Managing Up

Have you ever heard of the idea of “managing up?” If you haven’t, it’s something you should probably learn if you work for someone. Managing up is a simple concept. It means making sure you give your boss, board members or the person you work for have what they need when they need it. That, [...]

27 06, 2017

Facts About Charitable Giving for 2017 and Why You Need to Care

By |June 27th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Facts About Charitable Giving for 2017 and Why You Need to Care

The annual report by Giving USA is out for 2017, and you can obtain it here. Every year, the nonprofit sector waits for this important report. Here are some of the key findings based on reporting from the Chronicle of Philanthropy: 2016 was the third year of growth in fundraising. Fundraising grew by 1.4 percent [...]

22 06, 2017

25 Ways to Walk the Walk of Social Good

By |June 22nd, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on 25 Ways to Walk the Walk of Social Good

Recently I had a conversation with a colleague who talked to me about the fact that she wondered if nonprofit professionals walked the walk of social good after work. I asked her what she meant by that, and she replied that she noticed that some people in her nonprofit seemed to "clock out" of doing [...]

20 06, 2017

The Founder’s Syndrome Chess Game and How to Resolve It

By |June 20th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on The Founder’s Syndrome Chess Game and How to Resolve It

If you’ve been in the nonprofit sector for a while, you may come across a phenomenon called "founder's syndrome." It can be so destructive that afflicted organizations with this syndrome, which is also called "founderitis,” can implode and close their doors. What is Founder's Syndrome? Founder's syndrome or founderitis typically revolves around the cult of [...]

15 06, 2017

1 Key Strategy to Ease Out a Nonprofit Board

By |June 15th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on 1 Key Strategy to Ease Out a Nonprofit Board

A few days ago I spoke to a nonprofit marketing person who told me about his painful board meeting. Rich had attended a board meeting for his charity, and instead of it being a productive and collegial meeting, it was more like an inquisition. "When it was my turn to speak about a new marketing [...]

13 06, 2017

The Greatest Ongoing Nonprofit and Donor Debate

By |June 13th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on The Greatest Ongoing Nonprofit and Donor Debate

Recently, I've started to see renewed push-back from donors about their gifts to charity. If you participate in nonprofit groups, I've heard some exasperated nonprofit executives and fundraisers speaking about donors demanding to know how much of their donations are going directly to programs. This debate and discussions have been going on for a long [...]

8 06, 2017

Pass the Damn Ball to the Kid Who May Fumble

By |June 8th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Pass the Damn Ball to the Kid Who May Fumble

Someone recently posted the article on social media, “Dear Kids: If I Die, Please Don’t Be a Sh**head.” As a parent and grandfather, it caught my attention due to the bluntness. But I also thought about it as a leader and manager. The following quote was particularly important to me: DO pass the ball. PASS [...]