By Josh Gold For a nonprofit organization, it’s essential to be able to reach out successfully to both allies and beneficiaries. That question is always under consideration. This applies to donors, volunteers, members, and constituents. How do we appeal to those in need, so they’re willing to be helped by us? How can we best portray our work to ensure that we retain and grow our support base? What’s the magic solution that will crack … [Read more...] about “How do we Convince People that we’re Worth their Attention?”
By Daniel Olson In the Jewish community, the results of survey research often persuade funders and program developers to direct resources toward certain projects and away from others. These stakeholders have abstract goals like strengthening Jewish identity, and surveys alluringly quantify these imprecise outcomes. While surveys can be influential, their findings can mislead because even the best survey research contains error, or gaps … [Read more...] about 3 Questions You Should Ask of Any Survey
By Rabbi Joshua Rabin I am always wary about statements regarding synagogue change that involve much too much grand theory and too little thought about actual synagogues. Yes, synagogues need to be “disrupted” and “transformed,” yet that language reflects a complexity that makes it difficult for any community to put that vision into reality. Moreover, when a dynamic, new spiritual community emerges, whether in the form of a transformed … [Read more...] about Why Synagogues Need a Checklist Manifesto
By Deborah Kaplan Polivy, Ph.D. We do so, I think, because we believe that new donors will help us reach our annual fundraising goals and thereby achieve what we define as success. Of course, we also need to replace all of the contributors that we lose. But what if “we turned the tables around?” What if we developed different measures of success - not just realizing the annual goal but also an increase in the number of donors we retain from … [Read more...] about Why Do We Put So Much Energy Into Attracting New Donors?
By Joseph C. Imberman and Donald P. Kent 2000 of our closest friends were recently in attendance for the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America (GA). The GA gives all participants the opportunity to network furiously with each other and at the same time take part in some wonderful programming about Jewish communal life. For those of us past or current professionals, there are during GA sessions after hours investment … [Read more...] about Visionary Ways to Reap the Benefits of Community Based Philanthropy