Nonprofit CEO Sabbaticals Reduce Turnover and Spur Growth

I have always encouraged my staff to take vacations of at least one week twice a year, in order to avoid burnout and increase efficiency (the studies on the importance of vacation are numerous). To further reinforce the issue, I have even edited vacation time policies so employees are NOT paid out unused time. IContinue reading “Nonprofit CEO Sabbaticals Reduce Turnover and Spur Growth”

Social Media and Nonprofit Advocacy

In the first part of this series, we spent some time discussing the intricacies of social media by definition, as well as its importance as the largest and fastest growing trend in nonprofit communication. Understanding exactly how powerful this outlet can be is the first step in creating an effective social media campaign. The secondContinue reading “Social Media and Nonprofit Advocacy”

The New Nonprofit Leader

The new millennium has been a difficult one. A crippled global economy, threatening climate change, crumbling education and healthcare systems, and a widening income gap comprise a few of the social problems we face. But the leaders of our nonprofit sector are already so worn down by continuously being forced to do more and moreContinue reading “The New Nonprofit Leader”

Steps to Starting a Nonprofit Social Media Campaign

While it is becoming more commonly accepted that social media outreach can be a vital tool for nonprofit organizations, a solid understanding of its power and purpose are, at times, hard to come by. At all levels of an organization, it is critical that social media channels and the campaigns produced to utilize them areContinue reading “Steps to Starting a Nonprofit Social Media Campaign”

The Nonprofit Sector Must Change, or Be Left Behind!

I often start my speeches or consulting sessions by stating that the nonprofit sector is broken. I'm not talking about being a little off track or needing some tweaks here and there. I am talking about smashed up and shattered to splinters BROKEN. Consider the present social sector. Not only do we benefit from aggressiveContinue reading “The Nonprofit Sector Must Change, or Be Left Behind!”

Understanding the Nonprofit Millenial

I have had many conversations over the last 5 years with various nonprofit leaders complaining about issues with managing the millennial generation (born 1980 – 2000). As often as I hear this complaint, however, I more often hear managers speak of the passion of this generation. As a sector, nonprofits are benefitting most from thisContinue reading “Understanding the Nonprofit Millenial”

Discovering if a Nonprofit is Dishonest

As I noted in my two-part series on how to review a nonprofit's financial records, a good review is only helpful if the organization is an honest one. Fortunately, there are ways to find out if an organization has had problems or disciplinary actions in the past.  Below are the best four tools I haveContinue reading “Discovering if a Nonprofit is Dishonest”

Reviewing a Charity’s Financials with their 990 – Part 2

In part one, we reviewed how to use a nonprofit's Form 990 to determine it's mission, and to understand program versus operational expenses. We reviewed both the black and white answer, as well as the muddy gray one. In part two we will do the same as we look at four other parts of theContinue reading “Reviewing a Charity’s Financials with their 990 – Part 2”

Reviewing a Charity’s Financials with their 990 – Part 1

Spending more time researching the nonprofits donors wish to support has become a growing trend. While I support this trend for any donor who has the time, I worry when anyone tries to analyze or compare something that they don't completely understand. Most donors state that the most important thing they wish to review isContinue reading “Reviewing a Charity’s Financials with their 990 – Part 1”

Foundation Responsibility Goes Beyond GrantMaking

As a past community foundation CEO, I am a passionate advocate of the power of foundations.  However, I find myself disappointed in the narrow-minded focus of many of these organizations who hold so much potential power in terms of making and inspiring positive social change.  Currently most foundations (especially in Florida) are trying to solveContinue reading “Foundation Responsibility Goes Beyond GrantMaking”