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Evaluate Your Board Meetings

I had just started my consulting relationship with Asheville School. It’s a very special high school in Asheville, North Carolina.

The meeting ended. But something happened that I had not been warned of. I was called on to give a 15-minute critique of the Board meeting.


4 Tips to Raise More Money with Online Peer to Peer Fundraising

Peer to peer fundraising is one of the most profitable ways to boost nonprofit donations, mostly because it requires little money up front yet reaches a wide audience. Of course, if you want your campaign to go viral, you'll need to make donors feel like they're part of something special, which means getting creative.


New Report Finds Gender Representation Stagnant Among U.S. Philanthropy Leadership

The proportions of women and people of racial and ethnic minorities in philanthropic leadership levels has been stagnant over the past decade, according to a new report from the Council on Foundations.


Top 10 Year-End Fundraising Tips

It’s year-end fundraising time!

Here are my top year-end fundraising tips to help you raise the most money possible this year-end!


Ending the Nonprofit Talent Hunger Games

Hi everyone. I just came back from speaking at the Blue Ridge Institute, a 90-year-old week-long retreat in the Tennessee woods for nonprofit leaders. It’s a combination of thought-provoking conversations and endearingly ridiculous hijinks, including an all-ages talent show, skits, hiking, dancing, a lot of singing, a softball game with equal-opportunity cheering and heckling from a designated group called “The Best Worst Cheerleaders,” a sarcastic daily news parody segment that roasts everyone mercilessly in good fun, and something called “moonshine cherries.” Basically, if I designed a retreat for nonprofit leaders, it would look a lot like BRI. But with more sock puppets (and Oxford Commas in the marketing materials). Check it out. It’s magical, and kids are welcome.


How to Maximize Your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile, Part 2

Your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile is your funding résumé. So what can you do to get it in front of funders, donors, and other key decision makers? We already covered a few helpful tools in Part 1 of this series. Here’s a quick summary in case you missed it:

Tool #1: a hammer—to hammer out the basics ...


From Heroin Tragedy to Charity

My best friend, Madison, died of a heroin overdose more than three years ago. If you are interested in learning more about his story, the Washington Post ran an article about him (and the rising heroin epidemic in Northern Virginia) shortly after his death.


Evaluating Charities in the Age of Online Ratings

I serve as liaison to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, nonprofit information portals like GuideStar, charity evaluation groups, and the Combined Federal Campaign, all on behalf of Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA). Serving for more than a decade in these roles, one thing has become very clear: many donors do not realize there is no shortcut for making wise giving choices.


NONPROFITS: 15 Instagram Tips, Tricks and Features You Don’t Want to Miss

You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.”
—Unknown

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

The photo social network Instagram is on its way to 1 billion users, alongside Facebook and WhatsApp. In the past two years, Instagram has doubled its monthly active user base to 700 million, and the pace of growth is accelerating.

That makes Instagram twice as big as Twitter!


Case Statements: Know Your Audience and How to Reel Donors In

A case statement is much like an elevator pitch. It’s your first shot at grabbing your funder, tugging at his or her heart strings, and convincing him/her to give to your organization. In today’s progressive and ever-changing fundraising landscape, one-pagers are no longer cutting it for foundations and philanthropists. It’s 2017. When was the last time you felt particularly moved by size 12 Times New Roman Font on a white piece of paper? After a program officer reviews thousands of case statements, even the most noble missions can become lost in mass mailings or foundation appeals. Here’s how you can stand out.