Despite recent stock market gains and speculation that the recession has ended, the situation for many nonprofits continues to decline. Over the last year, The Bridgespan Group has reached out to approximately 800 nonprofit leaders at six month intervals, asking questions about how their organizations were managing through the downturn and received approximately 100 responses to each survey. Their latest survey, conducted in the fall of 2009, … [Read more...] about Managing Through Tough Times
Managing Your Nonprofit
by Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin We have frequently addressed the importance of being transparent to donors and making sure that each non-profit organization raising funds in the United States is prepared to start 2010 strong. One important topic we feel compelled to raise (again) in greater detail is compliance. As you strive to strategically plan for the coming year, it is important to make sure that your organization is in full … [Read more...] about Is Your Non-Profit In Compliance?
by Tamara Lucas Copeland With job losses, home foreclosures and other symptoms of the recession taking a stern toll in the Washington area, grantmakers in the region have worked hard to support efforts by nonprofits to help families ride out the storm. But grantmakers have learned a lesson from this recession, one they won’t soon forget: they need long-term strategies aimed at achieving true systemic reform - not just short-term projects that … [Read more...] about Big Change Ahead
by Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin Following last Friday’s posting, “Saying Thank You in the Social World”, we felt compelled to elaborate on the importance of this subject and how non-profits should be incorporating donor recognition into their fundraising program. No two words have created as much consternation today for nonprofits as “thank you.” This is a topic that is always important, and punctuated during the difficult economic … [Read more...] about Have Non-Profits Forgotten to Say “Thank You”?
Some advice on whether to focus more dollars on your donors, the life-blood of every organization. by Misha Galperin One needs to have a long-term view. There are short-term problems and issues to be overcome always, and there is the immediacy of the moment and the pressure to give out money right away. But if you’re running an organization that you think is here for the long haul - and we’ve been here for the long haul and we expect to be … [Read more...] about Cultivating Donors for the Long-Term