Nonprofit founders have it tough, no doubt about it. But as a founder, do you know where your organization stands on its path to sustainability? More to the point, do you know what you need to get there? It’s about money, yes. But it’s surely more than that, right?Read More
We frequently talk with founders of tech and nonprofit startups, and we see a lot of similarities. Both nonprofit and tech founders are entrepreneurial, passionate about their ideas and face countless challenges ranging from the strategic to the tactical and mundane--any of which can rise up to bite the founder in the behind. Interestingly, the management literature* largely confirms our observations.
You might ask, what’s the biggest challenge facing nonprofit entrepreneurs? Money, money, MONEY! That’s right, it’s a lack of access to capital. No surprise, but we’re here to say and the literature confirms it:
Nonprofit founders face more challenges in raising capital than their tech founder brethren.Read More
The trade press headlines stemming from the most recent Fundraising Effectiveness Report are mixed at best. The good news is that giving has increased by 2.6% so far this year, driven primarily by wealthy donors.
The bad? So far, the number of US donors has declined by 4.3% through September 30th. The overall donor retention rate is down by 5.6%. In particular, new donor retention and lapsed donor recovery rates are down. These negative trends have now continued for several years, and in fact appear to have accelerated.Read More
Where are the jobs? In the nonprofit sector, it appears.
According to the US Department of Labor, nonprofit jobs have grown 17% since the 2007 recession, while business employment grew less than 5%.Read More
The answer to this question might seem obvious, but surprisingly, it often isn't so clear.
Judith Millesen's Who "Owns" Your Nonprofit? post reappeared in Nonprofit Quarterly last week, and I had to smile. I remember--some 12 years ago or more--quoting her three key recommendations at a strategic planning session I was facilitating with a religious congregation:Read More
Tired of articles and blog posts listing a bunch of things you should do to improve on how you run your nonprofit? Or your life for that matter?
I am. Here’s why.
They’re often irrelevant because they don’t have anything to do with you or your nonprofit.
The folks writing up these lists don’t always have much to say. No offense, but they’re desperate to produce content, and sometimes they’re just scraping the bottom of the barrel…
65% of harassment cases reported by fundraisers are donor-related, according to the new Chronicle of Philanthropy/Association of Professional Fundraisers poll conducted by Harris.
The vast majority of these incidents involved individual donors or prospects (as opposed to company or foundation employees), and more than 95% of the time involved men harassing women who were junior to them. In addition, 35% of those reporting said that a board member was involved in at least one incident.
The power dynamics are clear. Men with resources and power are harassing women fundraisers, who are at a serious disadvantage, especially if they are young.Read More
Living your values as an organization (having organizational integrity) is one of the most important things you can do -- for your staff, for the people you serve, and for your bottom line.Read More