Avoiding the Potholes of Dysfunctional Boards

  One of the interesting questions in nonprofit board development is whether private sector boards work “better” than nonprofit boards. While you might think that having everyone pulling in one direction—profit making—would mean that a board would be easier to manage—I would point you to Exhibit A, Uber. Enough said. In my experience, tax status—for-profit or …

Cause Fund 2017!

Join us for a brief and to-the-point interview with Astrid Hendren, Executive Director of Cause Fund, Inc., an important new MA fundraising platform that provides Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programming to K-12th grade public and private schools while supporting health causes. Cause Fund launches this school year in more than 200 public and private MA K-12th grade schools …

The 360 Degree Donor Engagement Model

The generally accepted model for nonprofit fundraising goes something like this. If there is the luxury of staff, there are multiple people assigned to each task, if not, there is a single (very busy) person performing multiple duties. Work includes Events, Major Donor solicitation, Individual Giving, Planned Giving, Grant Writing, Corporate Relationships, the Annual Fund, …

Get Your Board Past Stuck on “Give and Get”

We hear often about the opportunity for Boards and nonprofit executives to work even more effectively together to consistently raise money and resources. Nonprofit executives cite the “usual suspects” as trouble spots, including buy-in and engagement, and challenges in achieving give-and-get success. While these are certainly valid concerns, there are other stumbling blocks, including the comfort …