April 18, 2014
Black, White, or Gray: How are Your Fundraising Ethics?

Black, White, or Gray: How are Your Fundraising Ethics?

Have you ever been in a situation that didn’t feel quite right? Or, where you weren’t sure what to do?

scales-of-justice-600x411We all have, and it’s probably because some ethical dilemma was taking place.

Sometimes there’s a clear-cut answer when it comes to ethics — such as when ethics and the law intersect. For example, you shouldn’t steal — stealing is both unethical and illegal.

However, sometimes unethical…

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April 17, 2014
Upgrading Your ERP System? Not So Fast. Consider Reimplementation

Many nonprofits are quick to upgrade software because it is perceived as being simple and straightforward – and sometimes that is true. However, that does not mean that it is in the best interest of the organization.

Andrew Fass, CEO and founder of AVF Consulting, Inc.

Andrew Fass, CEO and founder of AVF Consulting, Inc.

In some cases, it may make more sense for your nonprofit to reimplement a software system rather than upgrade to the most recent…

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April 16, 2014
Terrible Board Members Are Created, Not Born

Terrible Board Members Are Created, Not Born

So much has been written and presented within the nonprofit world about how to work around and/or replace terrible board members. However, nobody seems to want to confess as to where they came from.

Jay Love

Jay Love, Co-Founder and CEO of Bloomerang

Over the last three decades I have had the honor and sometimes the frustration of serving on more than 15 different nonprofit boards, where I’ve seen…

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April 15, 2014
Charitable Design: 4 Ways to Decorate a Nonprofit Office

The best nonprofit organizations encompass hope, determination and endless aspirations. Equally inspiring workplace surroundings can enhance the success of your organization.

Charitable Design: 4 Ways to Decorate a Nonprofit Office

The best nonprofit organizations encompass hope, determination and endless aspirations. Equally inspiring workplace surroundings can enhance the success of your organization.

April 14, 2014
Prohibited Discrimination in Hiring: Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact

Prohibited Discrimination in Hiring: Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact

Editor’s Note: For more answers to common nonprofit tax and legal questions, don’t miss our upcoming event on April 17th at 1PM with Jeffrey Tenenbaum, Partner and Chair of Nonprofits Practice Group of Venable, LLP, represented below. Find out more and register here.”

Question:

What are nonprofits required to do/abide by regarding employment discrimination in hiring practices? Are there any…

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April 11, 2014
Strategic Financial Management Webinar Series Begins April 15th

Strategic Financial Management Webinar Series Begins April 15th

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In today’s changing environment, it can be difficult for nonprofit leaders to access the tools and expertise they need to make sound, strategic financial decisions—the type of decisions that lead a nonprofit to long-term sustainability. To bridge that gap, Nonprofit Finance Fundhas gathered some of its most accessible insights into a six-episode course on strategic financial management in the…

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April 10, 2014
Nonprofits: Get Ready for Charity Navigator 3.0

Nonprofits: Get Ready for Charity Navigator 3.0

One year ago, Charity Navigator announced its plans to incorporate a third dimension into its rating system as part of CN 3.0. In 2016 Results Reporting will accompany Charity Navigator’s two other dimensions: Financial Health and Accountability and Transparency.

Anne Radday

Anne Radday

Nonprofits took notice and then most kept on working in the same way, by and large ignoring the implications of this…

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April 8, 2014
If a shout doesn’t work, try a whisper — effectively deepening board engagement

If a shout doesn’t work, try a whisper — effectively deepening board engagement

“My board is not engaged enough in fund raising” is a prime complaint of executive directors and development officers.  It even outranks “our donor database is a mess” and “we are expected to raise more money every year”!  Everyone in the non profit world would like to have the perfect board.  That fictitious board everyone covets is populated by corporate heavyweights and trust-fund-endowed…

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April 7, 2014
3 Smart Strategies to Boost Your Online Fundraising

3 Smart Strategies to Boost Your Online Fundraising

Gone are the days when non-profits wonder if they really can raise money online.  Case studies, news reports and personal experiences have shown that organizations can raise significant amounts of money through websites, e-mail, crowdfunding campaigns and other online strategies.

Joe Garecht

Joe Garecht

For many non-profits, though, significant online revenue has remained out of reach.  Often, these…

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April 3, 2014
The dark side of nonprofit monthly giving

The dark side of nonprofit monthly giving

“The wider adoption of monthly giving (also known as regular or sustained giving) in the U.S. could itself transform philanthropy.”
Dr. Adrian Sargeant

Nonprofit monthly giving is awesome.  It results in increased donor retention and loyalty.  Your monthly donors are strongly predisposed to bequest giving.  And oooh la la, your monthly giving program results in reliable income for you.  You can…

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