Make It Crystal Clear Your Zero-Tolerance Harassment Policy Applies to Donors, Too.
Are You Tracking What Matters?
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.
Let's Have a Candid Conversation About Your Fundraising Ops Shop
When it comes to assessing our work, very often we’re only tracking things such as how many people participated in our programs, and not what happened as a result of that participation. And if we’re not tracking those results then we have no way of knowing whether we’re actually making progress toward our big, ambitious, long-term goals. To do that, we need to track outcomes.
Get Ready for a Rough Ride: Implications of the Tax Bill for Nonprofits
You're in your job to make it rain money, so quite rightly you're focused on relationships and not on development operations.
If you're in a medium-sized shop, you have an operations manager or director overseeing the use of fundraising technology and policy. Maybe they do some of your analytics, too. Really...they're just doing your data entry and acknowledgments, right? If you're in a small shop, goodness, you and your team try to get to it, but it isn't a huge priority because it's hard enough just to meet budget, much less getting those "thank yous" out the door in a timely way.
We get that. Been there, done that. And yet, this could be your Achilles heel...
Thanks and Reflections on 2017
So you’re a nonprofit leader and you’re faced with a heck of a problem in 2018: the Republican tax plan is likely to have a significant impact on your donor's behavior next year. Yes, it's a holiday week, but it's time to start planning.
Why? Simple: the tax incentives for giving are being removed. Among the most signIficant...
You Need a Logic Model. (You really, really do.)
This has been a tough year, in many ways, for a lot of causes. Whether you’re working on healthcare access, or immigration, or girls empowerment, or supporting refugees, or ensuring veterans get their benefits, the current political climate has made the work harder. When every day is a fight, it can feel impossible to take time to envision and plan for the future we want, or to reflect on what’s working and what’s not, or to put in the elbow grease to resource and sustain our efforts over the long-term.
Fundraising and Marketing Not Getting Along? Try a Service Level Agreement
Logic models (and their close relatives logframe, theory of change, and the like) are a mainstay of effective nonprofit management and an essential tool for Boards and executives, program staff, and fundraising teams alike. Like all tools though, the usefulness of logic models depends on how and to what end you use them.
Innovation is the Result of Thoughtful Tinkering, Not a Big Bang
For me, the question isn’t who’s in charge or what the heck is the other guy doing. The right question to ask is: what do marketing and fundraising do for each other? With that in mind, it becomes a matter of common sense: what your marketing and fundraisers need to do is sit down and agree on how they can help each other.
The Case for Developing an Annual Fundraising Case
We tend to think of innovation as one great bang of creativity. It certainly can be, but more often it’s the result of a cycle of curiosity and exploration, idea generation and experimentation, and incremental progress. A recent HBR piece offers some great insights for practicing this in our program work.
Before You Ask, Make This Shift
Most of the professionals we talk with usually think of case statements in a capital campaign context. But what about when you’re not contemplating a capital campaign? Although it is less common, it’s also very much worth investing in a fundraising case statement for your annual program--one designed to lay out what you're doing this year and over the next couple of years, too.
The Five-Fold Path to Living in Harmony: Program and Fundraising, Perfect Together
When we approach asking for things in this way, it becomes so much easier. It stops becoming something to dread, and instead becomes another source of fulfillment in our work.
Not Another Post About How Nonprofits Should Be More Like Tech Start-ups
It’s no secret that high-functioning causes thrive when program and fundraising staff work well together. Neither is it a secret that very often they don't work well together, or don't work together at all. What is surprising to us, though, is how often this tension is left unmanaged, or assumed to be a feature and not a bug of nonprofit culture.
It Pays to Stay True to Your Values
Nonprofits don't need to be more like tech start-ups. But they can adapt some of tech's strategies and tools to aid in their own innovation processes. Here, a closer look at user experience, or UX in program design.
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.
Today, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Forward Motion Strategies LLC, a new social enterprise dedicated to improving the impact and sustainability of social change organizations.