Applying DEI Best Practices for Your Nonprofit


Racial inequality extends to all facets of life, including the nonprofit sector. While many may be tempted to deny this occurrence, nonprofit leaders can use this as an opportunity to champion the charge against inequality and lead by example within their own organizations. Whether we like it or not, many traditional fundraising practices create an inner circle of supporters. From exclusive events to donor recognition walls, our top tier donors (many of whom have similar backgrounds and privileges) are put on a pedestal and can become a highly exclusive group. As the sector pushes more and more for higher fundraising [...]

Applying DEI Best Practices for Your Nonprofit2023-05-18T23:57:50-04:00

How to Structure a Partnership with a For-Profit


Ever feel like you’re too busy searching for good fundraising ideas to consider the bigger picture and architect a partnership that will bring much greater financial and social impact to your organization? This webinar has been held. Watch it here: You owe it to yourself – and your organization – to join us as Bruce Burtch, one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of cross-sector partnerships and cause marketing, presents the keys to successful cross-sector partnerships. Bruce Burtch has helped for-profit and nonprofit organizations develop win-win partnerships which maximize their strategic marketing and fund development success. A nationally-recognized cause marketing expert, [...]

How to Structure a Partnership with a For-Profit2023-05-18T23:57:40-04:00

Virtual Board Meetings: The Quick Guide for Nonprofits


With the pandemic’s turbulent effects on society, nonprofits like yours are relying more than ever on their boards to overcome the financial constraints and community engagement challenges that arise. However, remote operations are the new norm thanks to social distancing recommendations, making effective board management challenging. Boards are struggling to collaborate, make important decisions, and generate community support. Thankfully, today’s technological landscape is rapidly advancing, and the best way to surpass these challenges is by going virtual! Virtual board meetings are the safest option to be mindful of any health concerns. There’s no need to worry about keeping six feet [...]

Virtual Board Meetings: The Quick Guide for Nonprofits2023-05-18T23:56:59-04:00

5 Volunteer Management Strategies Your Nonprofit Needs to Know


We recently broke down the basics of volunteer management, but to develop a truly engaging, rewarding volunteer program, you’ll need more than just a working knowledge of what volunteer management means. Looking to develop a volunteer program for the first time or take your existing volunteer management plan to the next level? You’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll talk through 5 strategies that can revolutionize your approach to volunteer management, each of which can help you increase volunteer engagement and retention. Try one of the following tips on its own or put all of them together for a truly [...]

5 Volunteer Management Strategies Your Nonprofit Needs to Know2019-12-16T16:27:39-05:00

Top Leadership Skills Sought by Today’s Nonprofit Boards


Whether a board is seeking to replace a retiring executive director or requesting a search for a new CEO to move their organization to greater levels of success, the leadership skills they are seeking are much different than those of traditional nonprofit leaders. As an executive search consultant for the nonprofit sector, I've noticed that boards are seeking chief executives with transformational leadership styles. Previously, boards placed a strong emphasis on recruiting executives who were passionate about the mission, experienced with grant writing, program development and had good management and community relationship skills. Though these skills remain important, the following are [...]

Top Leadership Skills Sought by Today’s Nonprofit Boards2019-11-24T20:34:10-05:00

Recruiting for a Diverse, Multicultural Team


No one wants to believe that they or their company has bias, especially nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to do social good. But, it happens. Conscious or unconscious bias may reduce your openness to people who are different from you, and in turn, can dramatically affect your hiring process.   Research over the past eleven years has repeatedly demonstrated a tilted field in nonprofit hiring, especially in senior executive and development level positions. Despite this knowledge, the percentages seem to show little movement.   Instead of rehashing the statistics, here are several immediate, introductory steps that can improve diversity within your [...]

Recruiting for a Diverse, Multicultural Team2019-10-14T10:52:25-04:00

Pro Bono: Who’s doing it …and how can you get it?


  A new study from the Taproot Foundation shows just how important pro bono service has become in the nonprofit community and how this form of giving is actually a win-win for both the corporations and your nonprofit. Taproot’s mission is “to drive social change by leading, mobilizing, and engaging professionals in pro bono service.” The Foundation’s recent annual and global event, “Pro Bono Week” (Oct. 19-25) reinforced that pro bono services may be the perfect opportunity to spare your budget, while still getting quality services from various industries.   According to Giving in Numbers: 2014 Edition (a report from the [...]

Pro Bono: Who’s doing it …and how can you get it?2019-09-19T01:01:34-04:00

Champions of Diversity: Why Realistic Inclusion Initiatives are Vital in Nonprofits


To borrow a quote from columnist and nonprofit leader Anika Rahman, “Non-profits are our conscience.” As science comes to support what we already knew, that diversity begets innovation and creativity, many nonprofit organizations find themselves in a bind when it comes to implementing and maintaining consistent, effective diversity, inclusion, and equity (DI&E) initiatives. Let’s skip the entire lesson on the differences between these three processes and jump straight to the point of inclusion, which is necessary before diverse employees can extract genuine equity from their organizational experience.   Now, back to the point of conscience. The majority of nonprofits exist to [...]

Champions of Diversity: Why Realistic Inclusion Initiatives are Vital in Nonprofits2019-08-10T22:04:12-04:00

9 Things Your Board Members Must Know about Fundraising


Does your board get it? Do they really understand turn-over in your development department? Are your board members committed for the long run? Or do they expect money to arrive quickly when things are tight? Check out this list of 9 things your board members must know about fundraising. Gail Perry of Fired Up Fundraising raises some great questions for your board members in a quiz entitled Does Your Organization Really Support Fundraising? Take the quiz and hone in on what your board members need to understand. Raising more money doesn’t happen overnight; consistency and being in the game for the long haul [...]

9 Things Your Board Members Must Know about Fundraising2019-08-03T15:53:00-04:00

HR & Culture Q&A with Samantha Arpino at


With me to today is Sam Arpino,'s Talent & Culture Manager aka Head of Fun.'s has a world-class culture that came up again and again in my conversations with the team. Her team of 55 mostly millennial staff is not just having fun, they are changing the world at scale. Among many other accomplishments, they are the fastest rising organization on our stats based Top 100 Nonprofits list (currently #5, up from #19 a couple years ago). Preview of the topics we cover DoSomething and the impact they are making? Why DoSomething Embeds Fun into what they do What is [...]

HR & Culture Q&A with Samantha Arpino at DoSomething.org2019-05-30T15:35:14-04:00
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