“We are too busy doing stuff! We don’t have time for strategic planning!” Once you get past this objection then you get: “Okay, but we need to be efficient!” Which I appreciate. None of us have the time for everything we want to get done. But I do recommend that you be deliberative about three aspects of preparing for your strategic planning process before charging ahead … [Read more...] about Preparing the Strategy Process
This blog is dedicated to the first wave of Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964) who will turn 70 years old in 2016. Are you ready for them? Much has been written about the importance of organizations getting ready for the Boomers to retire – such as my recent blog. But are you ready in other ways? The Baby Boomers represent what will be the healthiest and wealthiest retirement … [Read more...] about Boom! Are You Ready for the Boomers?
“We cannot fundraise our way out of government cutbacks!!! Board members whose organizations serve low income and disadvantaged populations must advocate for the clients they serve.” -Chuck Loring, BoardSource Senior Governance Associate & Senior Partner; Loring Sternberg, Associates Chuck Loring is an expert in Board Governance and Fundraising. He is a former … [Read more...] about More Than Fundraising Needed
In her excellent book, Engaging Your Board in Fundraising, Kathy Hedge first points out six significant mistakes nonprofits make when they attempt to get volunteers engaged in fundraising. She developed this list through interviews with nearly 50 nonprofit leaders from across the country: *We forget that board members are volunteers. They are busy and don’t live the … [Read more...] about How to Get Your Board to Fundraise
*How do we cut costs? *How can we raise more money? *Who should we hire (or let go)? These are likely candidates to keep you awake at night. But if you are a senior leader for a nonprofit then I am going to add another one to your list. I know. You are welcome. I’m not encouraging more sleepless nights, but I am encouraging you to work on something unless you are sure … [Read more...] about What Keeps You Awake at Night?