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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.

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


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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.

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.

Did LinkedIn help nonprofits & leave nonprofit professionals behind?

The Nonprofit Consultant

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. I have taken part in a couple of free nonprofit technology trainings provided by LinkedIn and have enjoyed meeting their enthusiastic and caring team. careers jobs LinkedIn Nonprofit

Reimagine Your Nonprofit to Survive the Crisis

Harvard Business

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

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.

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.

Aligning Nonprofit Strategy with Donor Preferences

The Nonprofit Consultant

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. When we, as nonprofits, treat all donors like just another member of the herd, donors are noticing and turning away from us.

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.

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.

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!"

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

Management Consulted

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Nonprofits as the Equalizing Force

The Nonprofit Consultant

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. For each of these issues there is a nonprofit connection, with agencies and activists working tirelessly to right these wrongs. But I also realized that virtually all nonprofits are addressing some sort of injustice or inequality. BAD14 Blog Action Day hope inequality justice Nonprofit vote

How Nonprofit Leaders Can Keep Their Organizations Afloat

Harvard Business

Five steps they can take today. Social enterprise Leadership Crisis management Digital Article

The FCC is Coming After YOUR Nonprofit!

The Nonprofit Consultant

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)?

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

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.

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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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.

In a K-Shaped Recovery, Nonprofits Should Lean on Major Donors

Harvard Business

A seven-step guide for fundraising during the pandemic. Social responsibility Crisis management Strategic planning Digital Article

How Nonprofit Foundations Can Sustainably Fund Disease Research

Harvard Business

Three strategies that work. Research & development Finance & Accounting Digital Article

Top Three Takeaways from the Nonprofit Overhead Challenge

The Nonprofit Consultant

Overhead, of course, is shorthand for what nonprofits spend on general management and oversight, fundraising, and membership development. Last Friday, I attended Stronger Together , a conference produced in collaboration by CalNonprofits, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, and Nonprofits'' Insurance Alliance of California (NIAC). Nonprofits have to educate themselves, and their staffs, about what qualifies as program, and what gets lumped in with overhead.

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

Continuous Improvement for Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Consultant

Tags: continuous improvement processes Nonprofit management efficiency

Guidelines and Sample Policy on Nonprofit Political Activity

The Nonprofit Consultant

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.

Using Design Thinking to Help Nonprofits Fundraise

Harvard Business

Far too many great ideas for solving pressing social problems are not being applied at the scale they deserve, because thousands of nonprofit organizations are teetering on the brink of collapse. Of the 300,000 nonprofits in the United States, two-thirds have an annual budget of $500,000 or below, which does not allow them to expand their operations or scale their solutions. Caiaimage/Chris Ryan/Getty Images.

How Companies, Governments, and Nonprofits Can Create Social Change Together

Harvard Business

We see this in our research at Columbia University and have identified many examples where CEOs benefit their businesses by partnering across sectors with public officials, nonprofit managers, and community members. Our research finds that successful collaborations begin with a common process, one that applies no matter whether you are a CEO, nonprofit manager, philanthropist, or public servant. Ilka & Franz/Getty Images. Profit and purpose are converging.

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.

The four questions to ask when serving on a nonprofit board


Directors need to probe, nudge, and prod to make sure the organization achieves its full potential. Leadership

Why Customer Feedback Tools Are Vital for Nonprofits

Harvard Business

And how they’re using them. Social enterprise Customers Data Digital Article

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

Donors Versus Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Consultant

While some people have agreed with me that, "it's about time that donors put the needs of nonprofits ahead of their own," others have taken great exception to that. One such person is Barbara Ruth Saunders, who this morning wrote: Aren't nonprofit organizations, in fact, supposed to be the vehicle by which DONORS direct their resources to goals which are socially important to the DONORS? If donors don't trust nonprofits, they should simply invest their money elsewhere.

Our Latest Mission: Rebranding a Nonprofit to Win

Women in Consulting

By: Jennifer LeBlanc Over the summer, we’ve been secretly working on a great project … we’re doing a pro bono brand relaunch for Operation Freedom Paws. Because we are a bunch of softies here at ThinkResults. The combination of giving shelter dogs new lives as service dogs and helping veterans with invisible wounds move back into a normal civilian life was irresistible for us. Yes and yes! The operation is headed up by Mary Cortani , a 2012 CNN Hero.

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

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants

The Nonprofit Consultant

It is my honor, once again, to host the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. Jeff Brooks - On nonprofit "branding" as building a movement. Jack Yoest - On nonprofit corporate governance: The Rotary. Thank you for joining us on this round-up of what's happening on the nonprofit consulting blogs. Tags: Nonprofit blog carnivals strategic planning fundraising carnival of nonprofit consultants consulting

More nonprofit video

The Nonprofit Consultant

About a year ago I wrote a post here called " A YouTube for Nonprofits? I've recently been introduced to a new web site and production house focused on making videos for nonprofit causes: Charity Docs (dot org). Too many of the nonprofit promo videos I've seen elsewhere focus too much on the agency and not enough on the cause. Tags: video charity Nonprofit marketing fundraising outreach about the site DoGooder TV from See 3 Media.