Working to prepare for your incoming development director will ease the transition in a variety of ways. By hiring an interim development director, you can tackle these areas that will help with a successful transition: * Conducting a development audit to find your missing pieces * Documenting procedures to help your new hire jump into managing workflow * Managing upcoming campaigns and events * Assist with hiring efforts The role of an interim development director is a
Strategic planning is an effective organizational management activity that can help you determine your priorities, identify your resources, strengthen your work, and adjust your direction in response to a changing world. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how it will know if it is successful. Many nonprofits neglect to add this important planning in the annual calendar. Strategic
I recently read an online article about galas not being about philanthropy. I got curious about the author's 'take' on who attends such events like auctions and why they do. His perspective is that galas are not the space to cultivate major donors nor is it a place for deep donor cultivation. Instead, it is an opportunity for your donors to celebrate the work your agency does in the world. As a successful event planner for nonprofits, I recognize the amount of work that goes
A couple of months ago, Giving USA released its annual report on philanthropy and it included a variety of outcomes. According to this year's report, charitable giving in the United States hit over $400 billion in 2018. Even though there was a slight increase from the previous year, when accounting for inflation, it was actually a decline from previous years. The report shared that between a strong economy, a year end stock market drop, and new tax law created a "complex" gi
Capital campaigns are a specialized branch of fundraising, and for good reason. They are typically longer-term, high-target fundraising, and require strong community support with plenty of planning and momentum. During the public phase of a campaign, it is intense in a short period of time. It is not uncommon for organizations to discover that their capital campaign is in need of more work than they anticipated. Perhaps you are looking for funding to cover the purchase of som
If your nonprofit has just hired your first development director who needs guidance on best practices in fundraising or your seasoned staff member is now taking on a leadership role in fundraising, I can help with coaching and mentoring support. As a seasoned professional, I bring years of experience to provide expert advice based on lessons learned and successful outcomes. This ranges from creating successful fundraising plans to managing events to donor stewardship practice
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It was launched in 2012 as a global movement to celebrate and invigorate philanthropy across all sectors of the non-profit community. There are many resources available to use to prepare your campaign including a plan I have created: Think big! Start small! Toolkit: www.givingtuesday.org Sign up and join Download toolkit Browse ideas and case studies Reference additional resource
Nonprofit organizations can thrive or flounder because of a single aspect- their board of directors. What may surprise you is that there is something far more important than who is on the board, and that is how the board is functioning. Without guidance, many well meaning board members will remain disengaged - their talents wasted.
The fact of the matter is that each person has a reason they're on the board of directors. Maybe the nonprofit touched their family in some way.