How Smart Tech Is Transforming Nonprofits

Allison Fine

Digital transformation Technology and analytics Nonprofit organizations Public administration and nonprofits Digital ArticleAutomation and AI can free up staff in fundraising, communications, finance, and service delivery efforts.

How Companies Can Partner with Nonprofits

Harvard Business Review

Business and society Social and global issues Nonprofit organizations Digital ArticleDone well, these partnerships can boost growth, shareholder value, and societal impact.


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Strategic Planning Facilitation for Nonprofits

SME Strategy

Strategic planning nonprofit facilitationAfter a turbulent 2020, filled with extensive change, strategic planning is more important than ever - especially for non-profit and mission-based organizations.

What Happens When a Company (Like Patagonia) Transfers Ownership to a Nonprofit?

Harvard Business Review

Corporate governance Business and society Nonprofit organizations Social enterprise Family businesses Corporate social responsibility Digital ArticleThis form of ownership may be new in the U.S., but it’s relatively common in Europe.

How Nonprofits Can Encourage Donors to Give More

Harvard Business

Nonprofit organizations Philanthropy Advertising Marketing Behavioral economics Digital ArticleThree research-backed strategies.

3 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Strategic Planning Consultant

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Today I'm going to share with you three reasons why your nonprofit needs work with strategic planning consultant. And today I'm going to share with you three reasons why your nonprofit should work with strategic planning consultant for your strategic plan.

Did LinkedIn help nonprofits & leave nonprofit professionals behind?

Ken Goldstein

Some time back I blogged about LinkedIn's (then new) Board Connect Service as a great new resource for nonprofit organizations. In the couple of years since, LinkedIn has built upon and expanded their vision of "LinkedIn for Good" and their offerings to nonprofits.

Why Your Nonprofit is Struggling with Fundraising - Interview with Sarah Olivieri

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Sarah Olivieri is a nonprofit expert and author, having held several positions as Executive Director, Program Manager and Board member for various nonprofit organizations. Business strategy podcast nonprofit non-profit

Why Nonprofits Must Innovate


But innovation is just as critical for nonprofits—especially as they face growing pressures to serve more people in need and to deliver measurable results. With less public funding available—and the need for social services growing—nonprofit organizations struggle to pick up the slack. But not every nonprofit has the processes, capabilities, and leadership commitment needed to improve its operations and to compete for increasingly scarce philanthropic dollars.

Aligning Nonprofit Strategy with Donor Preferences

Ken Goldstein

Again, many of us have been harping on this for years, but too many nonprofits have still not heard the message: Your data may help get a signature on a large check, but to get to that point you need to share just one personal story of how your nonprofit has helped one individual.

Nonprofit Workplaces

Harvard Business

Does standard work advice not apply to you because you’re at a nonprofit? Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of Joan Garry, a nonprofit leadership consultant and former executive director. They talk through what to do when you’re trying to advance amid a leadership change, your job seems to shift as sources of funding do, or you’re unsure how to describe your work to people in the private sector.

Nonprofits as the Equalizing Force

Ken Goldstein

As I searched around for a particular subject to write on, it hit me that I could not narrow it down to a single aspect of inequality that I could relate to work in the nonprofit sector. But I also realized that virtually all nonprofits are addressing some sort of injustice or inequality.

Nonprofits and the 99%

The Nonprofit Consultant

What surprises me is how little I'm still hearing from the nonprofit press about the movement. Perhaps they see the protests as happening outside of the nonprofit sector, being organized without the benefit of structured 501(c)(3)'s, boards of directors, strategic plans, or foundation funding. Perhaps many nonprofits themselves are wary of being seen as part of a protest movement, coveting their professional standing and reputation, thinking they are above the rabble.

Nonprofit Rescue: The Pitch

The Nonprofit Consultant

We all have dreams for the nonprofit sector: increased individual giving, more effective boards, simplified government grant applications, better trained staff. Well, one of my dreams for the sector is greater public understanding of the nuts and bolts of how nonprofits operate, and I've got an idea for implementing it: a reality TV show. So far the only time real, community, grass-roots nonprofits have been seen on reality TV is on shows like the Secret Millionaire.

New Online Course: When Changes Comes to Nonprofits (Ready or Not)

Ken Goldstein

I have just added another online course to my Udemy offerings: When Change Comes to Nonprofits (Ready or Not!) My other Udemy courses that are currently available are: Basic Training for Your Nonprofit Board of Directors , and Basic Grant Proposal Writing for Nonprofits. In this course I share several case studies from my experiences of managing through crises as an Interim Executive Director.

Crowdfunding Roundup for Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Consultant

It seems that with the rise of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, crowdfunding is on everybody''s minds these days, but what''s a nonprofit to do? For nonprofits, it is distinguished from traditional online fundraising in that it is focused on distinct, separate campaigns for specific purposes. In crowdfunding, this is usually seen in the form of turning donors into fundraisers and helping them tell their social networks why they support your nonprofit.

Nonprofits Talking Taxes

The Nonprofit Consultant

Earlier this month I attended a workshop at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County called " Show Me the Money: Nonprofits Talking Taxes." Nonprofits that have always relied on those sources were suddenly in competition with schools and libraries. Not to mention those nonprofits who had been reliant on government funding suddenly got the message about diversifying their fund development plan and were also doing their first fundraising letters and grant proposals.

The Five Stages of Nonprofit Board Fundraising

The Nonprofit Consultant

Imagine my surprise when I realized that nobody had yet applied the Kübler-Ross model to fundraising by nonprofit boards of directors! So, here, without further ado, are the Five Stages of Nonprofit Board Fundraising: Denial - "I don't think board members should be required to fundraise." - "I don't know anybody with money anyway." - "I was asked to join the board for my other skills." - "Don't we have staff for that?" - "We're a nonprofit, we're supposed to live on the financial edge!"

New Online Course: Basic Training for Your Nonprofit Board of Directors

Ken Goldstein

Today I'm very pleased to announce that my latest online course is now available on Udemy: Basic Training for Your Nonprofit Board of Directors. Some of the things covered in the course are: Legal requirements for Nonprofit Boards in the U.S.

The FCC is Coming After YOUR Nonprofit!

Ken Goldstein

I''m not sure how closely any of you have been following the legal battles over "net neutrality" but the FCC has issued new (draft) rules that would effectively kill it (along with the ability of most nonprofits to use the web as an inexpensive communications strategy), all while wrapping itself up in the language of net neutrality. Guess which lane most nonprofits will find themselves in (unless we each find a generous benefactor who will pay off all the ISPs for us)?

Top Three Takeaways from the Nonprofit Overhead Challenge

Ken Goldstein

Overhead, of course, is shorthand for what nonprofits spend on general management and oversight, fundraising, and membership development. Nonprofits have to educate themselves, and their staffs, about what qualifies as program, and what gets lumped in with overhead.

I'm Nonprofit and I Vote!

The Nonprofit Consultant

Two of my recent posts here were encouraging nonprofits (the organizations and the people behind them) to be more politically involved ( Nonprofits Talking Taxes & Nonprofits and the 99% ), so I feel I should also post a quick update when I see examples of how nonprofits are flexing their political muscle. Senior nonprofit managers were even more likely to register and vote than their staff, with 96% and 97% voting in the last two elections.

My First Nonprofit Job

The Nonprofit Consultant

After about seven years as an independent consultant, in January I began a regular, full-time executive director position with a local nonprofit organization, and spent the month fully immersed in learning the programs, the culture, and the needs. The truth is, at the time of my first nonprofit job, I had no idea that it would be my career. What was your first experience raising money for a cause or working for a nonprofit? careers Nonprofit jobs

Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Grow?


Growth can be a way for nonprofit organizations to have greater impact, increase scale, reduce costs, improve efficiency, and attract investors. Case in point: A nonprofit based in the US planned to extend its reach and impact by replicating its service model in other regions of the world. Article Thursday, July 28, 2016. But growth comes with risks, too—especially if it is not supported by a well-defined strategy and roadmap.

The Growing “Do Good” Economy

Harvard Business Review

Nonprofit organizations Social and global issues Philanthropy Social entrepreneurship AudioA conversation with former GuideStar CEO Jacob Harold on organizational strategies for positive impact.

So You Want to Start a Nonprofit?

The Nonprofit Consultant

Are nonprofits not "playing nice in the sandbox"? The responses I got back all seemed to agree with Mr. Anderson: "There are too many nonprofits!" But not, apparently, in the nonprofit sector. In the nonprofit sector, however, we're supposed to build a better mousetrap and then turn our plans over to the current leading mousetrap provider. He wants people with new ideas to get together with existing nonprofit organizations and "play nice in the sandbox."

Nonprofits, Foundations, And Capital Formation

The Nonprofit Consultant

Stannard-Stockton's response is demonstrate how nonprofits contribute to the economy, saying, in part: "Nonprofits employ people, nonprofits buy goods and services from for-profits, nonprofits are an important economic engine of the US economy. In fact, nonprofits are a bigger portion of the economy than many other industries." Stand up for the nonprofit sector; the most productive sector of all.

Reimagine Your Nonprofit to Survive the Crisis

Harvard Business

Four key areas to focus on: impact, people, finances, and community. Change management Digital Article

The Power of We the Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Consultant

Fitting the Power of We into the mission of this blog, to provide useful information to professionals in the nonprofit sector, I suggest that my readers take this Blog Action Day as a celebration of all that they do. The nonprofit sector is how individuals put the Power of We into action. people BAD12 PowerOfWe Nonprofit community grassroots blogging government

Guidelines and Sample Policy on Nonprofit Political Activity

Ken Goldstein

Perhaps you have board members who (wrongly) believe that nonprofits cannot play any role in politics, and don't want you to take a stand on those very questions where your voice is most needed to be heard. However, as a nonprofit corporation whose activities are regulated in part by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the Organization is prohibited from participating in political campaigns for candidates and is restricted in conducting certain lobbying activities.

Deloitte Consulting Senior Manager: how consulting set her up for entrepreneurship, nonprofit and public sector leadership, and industry impact

Management Consulted

The post Deloitte Consulting Senior Manager: how consulting set her up for entrepreneurship, nonprofit and public sector leadership, and industry impact appeared first on Management Consulted. The Story of one Deloitte Consulting Senior Manager Are you interested in Deloitte Consulting? Or just in good stories about how consultants transition as experienced hires? Have we got a treat for you today! Our team recently connected with Lynn … Continue Reading.

Continuous Improvement for Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Consultant

Tags: continuous improvement processes Nonprofit management efficiency

How Philanthropists Can Diversify Their Grantmaking Portfolios

Harvard Business Review

Investment management Nonprofit organizations Philanthropy Finance and investing Digital ArticleIt’s about creating a balance of grant types, categorized by operations, growth, and risk.

Consulting with Love (Instead of Fear) with Renée Smith: Podcast #203

Consulting Success

Consulting Success Podcast community eliminate fear human leader nonprofit trustWhat do you think is the most important job of a leader? It’s to eliminate fear from the workplace and fill it with love.

Social Media 101 for Nonprofit Consultants

The Nonprofit Consultant

On a professional level, I got involved with nonprofit online discussions as a member of HandsNet around 1996. I hope to continue to learn and fascinated by social media, and I hope to continue to bring that experience and enthusiasm to my colleagues and clients in the nonprofit sector. online community workshops Nonprofit social media facebook twitter handsnet communications

Getting Nonprofit Job Classifications Right

The Nonprofit Consultant

No, I haven't turned away from the nonprofit sector. have you ever looked at the classifications for nonprofit jobs and said to yourself, "They just don't get it."? Well, this company is putting together a new, better job search engine, and is really trying to get the nonprofit jobs right. It gave me a chance to think about how we describe ourselves and our positions in the nonprofit world. Put your nonprofit marketing into high gear.

What the Best Nonprofits Know About Strategy

Harvard Business

After years of working in tech startups, which strive to transform underdog status into competitive advantage, I dove into the nonprofit world. The contrast was striking: Too few nonprofits use the advantages of their nonprofit status. The nonprofit model has a strategic edge beyond tax exemption, and the best nonprofit leaders learn to leverage it. Khan Academy’s nonprofit mission catalyzed the partnership. William Andrew/Getty Images.

Nonprofit Fundraising in the Age of Coronavirus

Harvard Business

How to ask for donations when donors are hurting too. Financial management Crisis management Digital Article

How Medical Nonprofits Set Winning Strategy

Harvard Business

A study of nearly 100 organizations. Strategy Research & development Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Technology Digital Article

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Nonprofit Website Mistakes: Lack of Transparency

The Nonprofit Consultant

When people talk about mistakes nonprofits make with their websites, the first thing that comes to mind is usually either no direct donate button from the front page, or an unclear mission statement. Because that's what a nonprofit is: A public trust. Lack of trust in nonprofits leads to lack of donations, and restrictions on what we can ultimately accomplish. Nonprofit mistakes websites transparency communications