By Avrum Lapin When we engage with new clients, we always begin with the imperative - up front and with clarity - that in order for the campaign or fundraising project to be successful, 100% board participation is required. Board members, as the legal stewards of the organization, must lead by example. The impact of board members’ participation goes well beyond the individual donations themselves. Nonprofit organizations rely on their … [Read more...] about “Skin in the Game” and the Importance of Board Giving
By Avrum Lapin
One of the often heard hesitations among nonprofit boards and professional leadership is the fear that a capital campaign will compete with and ultimately erode annual giving. More times than not, when leaders discuss the need to launch a capital campaign, these questions arise. Will embarking on a capital campaign negatively impact our ability to obtain the funds that the organization needs to operate? Will a capital campaign … [Read more...] about Overheard… Competing Against Ourselves?
Will Our Capital Campaign Endanger Annual Giving?
Second in a Two-Part Series (you can read part 1 here) By Avrum Lapin Successful nonprofits are, by definition, mission driven. Mission creep can be gradual, an erosion over time of a nonprofit’s core, slowly drifting away. Or it can be a dramatic shift that occurs with a change in leadership or the acceptance of a new major gift. It often well-intentioned, as it can come from a desire and passion to serve more people or to expand the … [Read more...] about Mission Creep: It’s in the House… What do we do?
First of a Two-Part Series (you can read part 2 here) By Avrum Lapin What is Mission Creep? Among nonprofits, and in the for profit sector, mission creep is an often irresistible force that expands or changes an organization’s primary focus to something that is different than the original mission. These changes threaten to damage the organization and pull time, personnel and resources away from its core purpose and values. For a nonprofit, … [Read more...] about Mission Creep: Understand it; Know it; Resist it
By Avrum Lapin The passage of the new tax law has many nonprofits concerned about its impact on their bottom line. Donors who previously itemized deductions may see that it is no longer beneficial to do so and may limit their contributions. According to a study from Indiana University, $13 billion a year will potentially be lost by nonprofits nationally and over 230,000 jobs could be lost due to the changes in the tax rules. The “dust has … [Read more...] about Donor Advised Funds: A Good Time to Revisit an Old Friend