FUNdraising Good Times: Fundraising: investment or afterthought?
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 11:57
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Investing in the fundraising operations of a nonprofit is an investment in the organization's future. It takes time to build a fundraising program that is capable of securing revenue from multiple sources. It takes vision, planning, leadership and resources – including money. And, it doesn't necessarily "pay off" right away. A fundraising program takes time and attention to mature. Often three-to-five years. And during that time the investment in fundraising needs to be consistent. Once a fundraising program is well established it can support a nonprofit organization or institution in meeting its revenue goals. But, again, it takes time. And even once established, it cannot be put on "automatic pilot."
How to move From lightbulb moment to flipping the on switch
Monday, 16 September 2013 14:58
Cartoon characters having good ideas are often shown with a light bulb over the head. Anyone who has ever had a good idea knows the feeling: thinking of something really terrific lights you up, gives you energy, puts a kind of electricity into the atmosphere that is hard to ignore. And yet, many, many brilliant ideas are abandoned. Were they bad ideas? Maybe, maybe not. Some people are genetically wired to generate ideas; other people are wired to execute. An ideas person can execute, but they need to know how. A few steps in the right direction can make it easier for people to move from lightbulb moment to the reality, the "On" switch.
The first day of school is happening all over Minnesota right now. Whatever you do now, what did that job look like when you were starting ninth grade? Did it even exist? Recruiting, for me, looks nothing like it used to. Gone are the paper files, the thermal paper fax and the suit and tie on every candidate. I always tell my kids, learn to adapt. The work you excel in might not exist yet.
FUNdraising Good Times: How will you fund your strategic plan?
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:05
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Strategic planning is the process that drives the work of many nonprofit organizations and institutions. It takes different forms depending on the culture and policies of the nonprofit. Some complete the process at a retreat, others hire a facilitator to work with a committee of the board, still others hire a firm to survey best practices and emerging trends amongst competitors and collaborators. The outcome – a strategic plan – will drive operations and decision making over a multi-year period.
BBB Tips: What you need to know to avoid being scammed
In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. Its stated goal is to make health care more accessible and affordable. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is concerned about fraudsters who are already using confusion about the new law to their advantage, and offers consumers some basic information about the ACA to help level the playing field.
Leveraging more influence: How Today's workers can secure their employment future
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:47
Dr. Daryl Green
The future is filled with uncertainty. More and more jobs go abroad. Companies continue to shrink in size in hopes of being more competitive. Business executives understand the power of technology and outsourcing to gain a business edge. Yet, many workers must rely on the good will of their employers to stay gainfully employed. Sadly, many workers do not fully understand the merits of indispensability in their lives. Bloomberg Businessweek magazine editor Josh Tyrangiel called indispensability the new word of 2011. Tyrangiel notes, "How do we make people smarter and save them time?"
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:42
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Most people who volunteer with nonprofits are ethical and deeply committed to the organizations and institutions they serve. But sometimes in the midst of doing good there may be a tendency to sidestep best practices that build credibility. One way to ensure credibility is for the board to craft, approve, and implement fundraising guidelines, policies, and procedures. These should be clearly worded and should support the work of board members, volunteers, staff, and donors.