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23 05, 2017

2 Reasons Nonprofits Fail or Succeed in Raising Money

By |May 23rd, 2017|blog, development, leadership|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

8 03, 2016

Three Top Tips To Engaging Your Board

By |March 8th, 2016|blog, branding, news|Comments Off on Three Top Tips To Engaging Your Board

Not Your Father's Charity is pleased to feature the following guest post by Christina Cullen, IFC Group Do your Board members get behind your charity’s fundraising campaigns? Are they aware of what’s going on? Are they even interested? Buy-in from the Board can really help drive a fundraising campaign to success. So how can we ensure that buy-in in [...]

2 02, 2016

5 Decisive Ways to Support Your Nonprofit Board’s Fundraising Efforts

By |February 2nd, 2016|blog, branding, personal|Comments Off on 5 Decisive Ways to Support Your Nonprofit Board’s Fundraising Efforts

You want to succeed in your fundraising. One of the best places to begin is with your board. It doesn’t matter what type of board giving policies you have and it’s not important who serves on your board. Every board needs the support and motivation to raise money for their organization. All boards have a [...]

17 12, 2015

Must See Technology Tools for Your Nonprofit or Social Enterprise

By |December 17th, 2015|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on Must See Technology Tools for Your Nonprofit or Social Enterprise

I get it. Technology can be overwhelming. Maybe you’ve been doing more or less okay not making too much of an investment into technology. Here’s the deal, that’s not okay. I’m sure your funders are increasingly asking you for data rich reports. Your marketing director is probably asking your program team for statistics and measurable [...]

28 07, 2015

What Are The Elements For A Development Committee Of The Board?

By |July 28th, 2015|blog, development|Comments Off on What Are The Elements For A Development Committee Of The Board?

It happens more often than we’d like to think, but many non-profit boards prefer to pass their fundraising responsibilities to the chief executive or staff. I’ve seen it time and again. However, successful boards of directors understand they have an important responsibility in ensuring that their organization has the necessary financial resources it needs to [...]

25 06, 2015

The Board Chair And Your Nominating Committee: Why They’re So Important

By |June 25th, 2015|blog, leadership|Comments Off on The Board Chair And Your Nominating Committee: Why They’re So Important

Nonprofits and social enterprise organizations rely immensely on their board of trustees. These individuals collectively can help propel a charity forward or become a roadblock to success. There are two areas where leaders should ensure that they are observing good board governance and practice, and they relate to the board chair and the nominating committee. [...]

19 05, 2015

What To Do When You Land The Whale

By |May 19th, 2015|blog, development|Comments Off on What To Do When You Land The Whale

I am an advocate of nonprofits and social enterprises operating like businesses, because they are businesses. I have heard some of the reasoning why some believe this is not the case: nonprofits are stringently monitored, nonprofits are not meant to operate with major infusions of money, etc. That’s all well and good, but I respectfully [...]