The Nonprofit and Philanthropic Obligation: Giving Voice

The Nonprofit and Philanthropic Obligation: Giving Voice

I believe that our country is resilient and strong as we build upon our common experience. We are strong when we seek to intentionally connect not only with those like us but those different than us. We succeed as we create a strong social fabric and weaving that fabric is the unique role of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. In the days to come, may we strengthen our resolve to live up to our obligation.?

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Public Policy

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Public Policy

It is time for nonprofit leaders (and their boards) to be intentional about developing and implementing a public policy agenda alongside program and service delivery. It requires investment, commitment, systems thinking, and action. Nonprofit organizations in a leadership role recognize this and invest accordingly.

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Collaboration

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Collaboration

While I doubt that I would give nonprofit collaboration the highest marks possible, as a whole, the nonprofit leaders I know rise above the mediocrity that the capacity survey authors suggest is “universal.” Let’s stop promoting the mythology of mediocre nonprofits. Rather than haranguing on nonprofit deficits, I would like to suggest four investments related to collaboration that nonprofits can make in order to build even more effective at collaboration.

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Management Systems

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Management Systems

Nonprofits on the leading-edge and those making the greatest difference, are the ones who are constantly asking themselves “where do we need to invest to make a greater impact.” Investing in your management systems is often the difference between staying stuck where you are today and achieving more tomorrow.

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Developing High Performing Boards

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Developing High Performing Boards

Clearly it is not a lack of knowledge that leads to underperforming boards but it a lack of intentionality and investment in cultivating a high preforming board. To break the cycle, nonprofits need to make investments in developing the strength, performance, and contribution of their boards of directors.

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Research and Development (R&D)

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Research and Development (R&D)

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Research and Development (R&D) As I continue my journey of helping nonprofits design and deliver strategies that help them achieve greater impact, I am increasingly convinced that nonprofit organizations need to intentionally invest in Research and Development (R&D). At the same time, I am surprised at how few nonprofits are […]

Expanding your Nonprofit Revenue Model

Expanding your Nonprofit Revenue Model

This is a third article of an informal series on nonprofit revenue development. So far, we overviewed how a nonprofit revenue strategy must be built upon your organizational strengths; how expanding review streams must be intentional rather than opportunistic; and, in this article, we will outline a practical approach to creating a revenue strategy.