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20 06, 2017

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

By |June 20th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|0 Comments

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 [...]

13 06, 2017

The Greatest Ongoing Nonprofit and Donor Debate

By |June 13th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|0 Comments

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 [...]

6 06, 2017

Should You Ditch Attending Nonprofit Industry Events and Conferences?

By |June 6th, 2017|blog, leadership, news|Comments Off on Should You Ditch Attending Nonprofit Industry Events and Conferences?

Not too long ago I saw a nonprofit professional complaining on a social media platform that we should put an end to conferences. This person was talking about how they’re a “waste of time and money,” and found it annoying to have to talk to people who just wanted the “free stuff” as she repeated [...]

30 05, 2017

How to Address Salary as Part of the Hiring Process

By |May 30th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on How to Address Salary as Part of the Hiring Process

Let’s face it. Most nonprofits are notorious for not paying high salaries in comparison to their for-profit peers. Recently, there’s been a movement, which has the support of some state legislatures to make it illegal for employers to ask for salary history. Prospective employees also feel especially many in the nonprofit sector which is notorious [...]

25 05, 2017

What Not to Do When You’re Trying to Sell

By |May 25th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on What Not to Do When You’re Trying to Sell

Let me tell you what happened with a team meeting called to evaluate a video conferencing service. We're in the process of expansion and with team members around the country, and even the world, we want to be able to connect quickly and easily in the digital world. We know that's an absolute necessity in [...]

23 05, 2017

2 Reasons Nonprofits Fail or Succeed in Raising Money

By |May 23rd, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on 2 Reasons Nonprofits Fail or Succeed in Raising Money

Recently I wrote an article about a report by TopNonprofits and Nonprofit Research Collaborative, which you can read here. In the findings, nonprofits in the U.S. and were experiencing a decline in fundraising revenue in the most recent year reported over the previous year. There was a 5 percent drop in the number of organizations [...]

18 05, 2017

6 Easy Ways to Increase Engagement On Instagram

By |May 18th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on 6 Easy Ways to Increase Engagement On Instagram

Instagram is a great tool for schools, nonprofits, churches and civic groups to use. It’s easy, and people love it because it's all about visuals. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Why should you be on Instagram? Here are some statistics that should get you excited. Over 600 active monthly users. [...]

9 05, 2017

When to Expect Your Board to Support Your Social Media

By |May 9th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on When to Expect Your Board to Support Your Social Media

Not too long ago I was scrolling through social media, and I saw a development director say in a post that she "expected" her nonprofit board to support and promote the organization through social media. She was disappointed that they weren't meeting expectations. My thought was––really? What’s wrong with this picture? How Can You Expect [...]

4 05, 2017

Why You Have to Change Your Nonprofit Social Media Strategy

By |May 4th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on Why You Have to Change Your Nonprofit Social Media Strategy

Georgetown University Center for Social Impact Communication posted an article recently, which you can read here, about what people want on social media and how nonprofits can improve their efforts. I encourage you to take a read of the article. Every day my companies are active across many social media platforms, and with our fundraising [...]