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18 07, 2017

10 of the BEST Books for Nonprofit Leaders

By |July 18th, 2017|blog, development, personal|0 Comments

When I go out and speak to people, I'm often asked if I have any recommendations for books people can read about leadership and nonprofit management. Here's my list of books you may want to pick-up based on my reading and the recommendations of other individuals in business whom I respect. Nonprofit Management 101: A [...]

13 07, 2017

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

By |July 13th, 2017|blog, development, personal|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]