Archive for Nonprofits

Here is the new 2012 Grantmakers Information Technology Survey Report

In case you’re interested in how family foundations are using technology, here’s a new report.    Disclosure:  I’m a contributor!

Click here for the Survey Report.

 

Building Your Nonprofit Home Page

Thanks so much to Stephen Germino (the author) and massnonprofit.org for this terrific posting.  Whether you are redesigning your website or just auditing it, the homepage of your nonprofit site has some different requirements than its for-profit counterparts and these tips will put you on the right ‘page!’ Read more

Using LinkedIn to Reach Prospective Donors

Originally published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy

To get the full benefit of LinkedIn for reaching prospective donors and board members, fundraisers need to be able to count on all of the people in their network, Anthony Pisapia told participants at a recent Nonprofit Technology Conference. Sometimes that means turning down invitations to connect—an idea that doesn’t come easily for fundraisers. Read more

How nonprofits can make better use of social media

Interesting article from the Guardian (U.K).  There’s no doubt that taking your first steps into social media is an intimidating proposition, but as you establish yourself, understand the demands and gradually build your followers.

Click here to read the original article.

 

 

Developing Your Nonprofit Staff

Nonprofits must get the most out of their people and developing leadership and management talent is a critical piece of the equation. “Good leaders motivate individuals to give their best, but great ones also figure out how to develop their people to their full capabilities—so they can and will give even more,” explained Bridgespan Group Partner Kirk Kramer, in a recent interview. However, offering development opportunities can be challenging for many nonprofit organizations. In fact, in a Bridgespan Group survey, nonprofits ranked their ability to provide development and growth opportunities to employees as their fourth greatest management weakness overall. Read more

Engaging Corporate Support

I just read a very interesting article in Philanthropy Journal that outlined some new paradigms for nonprofits seeking corporate support.   Read more

Managing Remote Work Teams: Part I

Perhaps you’re an organization that is considering moving your work team off site.  Or maybe you want to widen your employee pool by looking outside of your geographic area.  You’ll likely have the challenge of managing a remote work force.  While the basic concepts of human resources management still apply, keeping remote employees engaged and productive requires an additional set of skills. Read more

Addressing the Nonprofit Leadership Drain

I re-read a sobering report the other day originally published in 2007 by the Bridgestone Group.  They studied the leadership requirements of nonprofits with revenues greater than $250,000 (excluding hospitals and institutions of higher education) and found that:

  • Over the next decade, these organizations will need to attract and develop some 640,000 new senior managers—the equivalent of 2.4 times the number currently employed.
  • Depending on consolidation and turnover rates, this number could fall as low as 330,000. On the other hand, given historic trends, the total need could well increase to more than one million.
  • By 2016, these organizations will need almost 80,000 new senior managers per year.

Volunteering in Your Jammies?

The new Web-based platform Sparked is using the tagline “Online volunteering for busy people,” encouraging busy professionals to volunteer for the causes they care about right from their computer.  Read more

Due Diligence

I recently gave a lecture at a seminar series sponsored by my alma mater.  The topic was “A Guide for Potential Board Members:  Due Diligence.”  The room was overflowing with folks eager to learn more about the benefits of serving on a board and the benefits that they could bring to a given nonprofit.   I typically poll the audience informally before I start my presentation, and was very surprised to learn that most of the them had given very little thought as to what the nonprofit should bring to them. Read more