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What Not-For-Profit CEO Candidates Must Ask

When recruiting chief executives for not-for-profit organizations, I pose one key question to each candidate: Are you truly passionate and committed to the organization’s mission and its work? This is fundamental. As a not-for-profit CEO, you will be eating and breathing this work, 24/7. There are a lot of great organizations out there and you should believe in your heart of hearts that this is the most important one for you, so that others believe it as well.

As a candidate, if the answer for you is yes—you are deeply passionate about the mission—the next step is to evaluate the organization. Is it ready for you and the right place for you?


The Four Most Important Things To Do Right Now To Get Out Asking

The list of things that can keep us from getting out to ask is really long. Not enough time. Fear of rejection. Not thinking our donors are ready. Not wanting to step on relationships. Are any of these on your top 10 list?

At the end of the day, what gets us out there is mostly a combination of enthusiasm for the cause and a sense of responsibility.


Sage Intacct and GuideStar Improve Financial Health & Sustainability for Nonprofit Organizations with Innovative Dashboard

New Financial Board Book Automates Best Practice Metrics to Deliver Real-time Insights into Mission Impact

Sage Intacct, the innovation and customer satisfaction leader in cloud financial management solutions, and a solution available in Sage Business Cloud today announced the general availability of the new Sage Intacct Nonprofit Financial Board Book Powered by GuideStar.


A First Date with Data

She goes by many names—Data Analytics, Big Data, Data Visualization. Data is a decision maker, and a knowledge powerhouse. She is a techie, speaks in code (Python, anyone?), and is revered by every sector in town.


5 Ways to Improve Your Charity’s Transparency

It is unfortunate to say, but many people do not trust charities to use their donations appropriately. In a world of instant news, we are often faced with corruption and scandals surrounding nonprofits. Charities are held at a higher standard and need to improve their transparency in order to maintain donor trust. 

When potential donors can easily find your organization’s information, they are usually willing to be more generous with their donations. Here are five ways to improve your charity’s financial transparency.


50,000 GuideStar Seals of Transparency—and Counting

Today I’m celebrating! I am celebrating our 50,000 (and growing) strong community of nonprofits and foundations at GuideStar. These organizations have added information to their GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles and have earned a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum GuideStar Seal of Transparency.


Are You Building Relationships Or Collecting Checks?

On December 31, 2017, I became a statistic.

I joined the 60 percent of donors who become former donors to the charities they had been supporting.


Navigating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conversations

What’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Why Should We Care About It?

It’s easy to talk about the things we have in common. When we meet people, we start with what we all relate to. “Is it still raining out there? Are you also flying home? ­­­You got tickets to Hamilton?!

It’s a lot harder to talk about differences.

It’s even harder to talk about differences when they’re about our identities.


How to Ask Your Campaign Committee Members for Their Gifts

One of the characteristics of most successful capital campaigns is that they ask for gifts from the “top-down, and inside-out.”

That’s shorthand for saying that you’ve got to solicit the people who can give the largest gifts first and the people who have been most involved with your organization and your campaign—that is the campaign committee members and the board.


How PCI Compliance Reduces Data Breach Risks

Payment card industry (PCI) compliance can be a daunting subject for many nonprofits, but maintaining compliance is an important precaution to protect your organization’s reputation and fundraising goals. Today, data breaches are increasingly common. There are 5,113,159 records lost or stolen every day, and in 2016 63 percent of nonprofits suffered at least one breach. For nonprofits, the threat of a data breach includes loss of reputation with donors, and potentially six figure fees to cover the cost of audits performed by the payment card industry.