Friday Favorites

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

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Some of the most powerful organizations have a mission that includes both serving clients and advocating on their behalf.
— Paul Jolly
One of the best ways you can improve is by reading as many CTAs as you can. Almost any website with an online presence will have countless options for you to study.
— Will Schmidt
My friend’s suicide made me realize that we have a long way to go when it comes to mental health awareness, even among those of us who are in the nonprofit sector and thus are supposed to be more attuned to the people around us.
— Vu
What can fundraisers do? Experts recommend being ready to answer donors’ questions about changes to the tax code.
— Margie Fleming Glennon
Being able to de-personalize the friction is really helpful to diffusing and managing situations effectively, and it also has the added benefit of demonstrating leadership by example to everyone in and outside the organization.
— Lisa A. Cohen
If you want your organization to achieve sustainability then succession planning must be a part of the plan. Nonprofits that want to sustain themselves for the long haul need to make sure there is strong leadership ready and available in the future.

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!


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...remarkable leaders inspire their staff and create a culture of respect and empowerment
— Meredith Kavanagh
When a board of directors communicates well, the likelihood goes up that the nonprofit will keep running smoothly and encounter fewer issues than expected.
— Kayla Matthews
Giving is motivated emotionally and then it’s rationalized.
— Robert Sharpe
To keep things simple, impact investing, at any level, aims to marry a financial return with a social or impact.
The problem with being a predictable organization is that you may wind up being taken for granted.
— Derrick Feldman

If you ever wanted to bang your head against the wall and then feign temporary insanity so you could throw staplers at the office water cooler to relieve the stress from yet another failed fundraising event... brothers and sisters, please know, I hug you all in my heart.

 

 

 

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

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By increasing our local search ranking and showing up in the local pack, we could have caught those supporters who wanted to help but didn’t know which organization to choose.
— Bryan Caplan
Breaking confidentiality betrays the donor and the donor’s confidence. It is a shortcut that just doesn’t work. Anything built on poor ethics will eventually implode.
— Jeff Jowdy
We’re not bound to our funders...having our own revenue stream allows us to pivot to the needs of our community.
— Susan Palmer
In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Charity Navigator is featuring a number of highly-rated charities promoting women’s education, health, social services, and rights.
A performance culture asks, “How much energy can we mobilize?” and the answer is only a finite amount. A growth culture asks, “How much energy can we liberate?” and the answer is infinite.
— Tony Schwartz

BONUS:

Free Recorded Webinar!

 How Tax Reform Will Impact Not-for-Profit Organizations

 

Marking the largest overhaul of a United States tax policy in years, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 by President Trump. There are key provisions in this reform that will greatly impact not-for-profit organizations and our in-house experts will dive into the areas that most affect tax-exempt organizations and donor/charitable giving.

 Key areas of discussion will include:

  • New Standard Deduction
  • Unrelated Business Income
  • Limit on State and Local Real Estate Tax
  • New Charitable Contribution Limits
  • Overview of Tax Reform and Not-for-Profit Industry Update

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

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When you take a donor-centered approach to a major gift, you let the donor lead the way. She feels entirely in control. She never feels “presented” to or pushed.
— Gail Perry
When you create fundraising events and campaigns that tie to seasonal experiences, you give people a relevant opportunity to connect with your organization.
— Ellie Burke
A crowdfunding campaign is not a red flag—there are lots of great campaigns raising money for an important causes. But you do want to connect to the cause, understand who is collecting and managing the funds, and how your donation will be used before you donate.
Only the finest of board recruitment committees will have the members dedicated enough to go the extra mile to find and draw into the fold the number of possible board chairs to staff the entire board over time.
— Jay Love
While the lucky recipients of these credits understand the action as a wakeup call designed to make the grants more effective, some worry that the short period to adapt to the new terms will leave them out in the cold for a while.
— Ruth McCambridge

****BONUS RESOURCE: 

"WEBINAR: HOW TAX REFORM WILL IMPACT

 

NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS"

 

 TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018  | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Marking the largest overhaul of a United States tax policy in years, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 by President Trump. There are key provisions in this reform that will greatly impact not-for-profit organizations and our in-house experts will dive into the areas that most affect tax-exempt organizations and donor/charitable giving.

Join the Sax Not-for-Profit team on March 6th as we explore the significant changes impacting the nonprofit sector and key steps organizations should consider in order to tackle Tax Reform head on.

 

 KEY AREAS OF DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE:
 

  • New Standard Deduction

  • Unrelated Business Income

  • Limit on State and Local Real Estate Tax

  • New Charitable Contribution Limits

  • Overview of Tax Reform and Not-for-Profit Industry Update

 

 

FRIDAY FAVORITES

  Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

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It’s also important that your message is genuine and reflects the tone of your organization; creating random content will make your donors question how focused you are on the cause.
— Latasha Doyle
Inviting others to share how your organization has made a difference allows them to feel great. And it provides you with sharable mission moments.
— Lori L. Jacobwith
Without a stable leader who organizes, maintains, and expands your fundraising, it can be difficult to grow your organization and fulfill your mission.
— Will Schmidt
Nonprofit leaders are thus left with the uncomfortable ultimatum of embracing new trends or risk getting left behind.
As nonprofits, sometimes we need a little extra inspiration to keep doing what we do. We work in a sector that sets out to change the lives of others, and for that reason we need to understand where others come from first.
— Hana Muslic

FRIDAY FAVORITES

  Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

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...if it works as intended, it could be a boon for small, local nonprofits that struggle to get seen in the crowded News Feed.
— Julia Campbell
Bring these habits and behaviors into the workplace and we create an toxic environment that threatens our wellbeing and resilience to do the important work that nonprofits need to do.
— Beth Kanter
If you blame your workplace environment and feel trapped in a world where no one appreciates your hard work, remember: YOU are the captain.
— Ellie Burke
For those who are sincere and show that sincerity by their follow-up, the benefits are limitless.
— Larry C. Johnson
Nonprofits have been taking a page from the likes of Netflix and other subscriber services, suggesting donors make it a monthly gift each time they make a contribution.
— Mark Hrywna

FRIDAY FAVORITES

     Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

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If you gloss over “modernization” as just another buzzword, you run the risk of not staying current with the trends, insights, and adaptations in the nonprofit sector. Further, you may start to have a harder time engaging supporters and fundraising as time goes on.
— Will Schmidt
...telling stories with purpose can be beneficial. Tapping into the borrowed equity of a nonprofit and leveraging the power of its narrative can also increase the nonprofit’s own reach and audience.
— Jim Schaffer
Email has become the Danger Zone.
— Vu Le
Knowledge is power, so ensuring that your organization is providing comprehensive information and protections will help assure that your nonprofit board will be able to do what it’s tasked to do without worry.
— Paul D' Alessandro

5. He's rich. Now what?

by Marc A. Pitman (@marcapitman)

As a nonprofit leader, you don’t have to hopelessly wait until people figure out to give to you. There is always something you can do.
— Marc A. Pitman

FRIDAY FAVORITES

     Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

1. 8 Nonprofits and Their Successful Growth Strategies

 Favorite quote from this post:

While growth might be difficult to pin down, it isn’t out of your reach.
— Will Schmidt

by Will Schmidt (@WJS1988 ) at @classy

 

2. 2 Keys to Improving Nonprofit Leadership

 Favorite quote from this post:

The quality of leadership in the nonprofit sector and the fundraising profession reflects on all of us. It impacts our ability to insist on proven best practices and other high standards that our organizations deserve.
— Jeff Dowdy

 

by Jeff Dowdy (@jeffjowdy)  at @non_profit_pro

3. How to Prime Your Donors for the Ask with the Jedi Mind Trick

 Favorite quote from this post:

People want to feel inspired. Although you can ask for unrestricted operating money, it’s not inspiring. On the other hand, saving someone’s life is very inspiring.
— Amy Eisenstein

 

by Amy Eisenstein (@AmyEisenstein) at @GuideStarUSA

4.  It's 2018 - Do You Know When Your Nonprofit's Cybersecurity is?

 Favorite quote from this post:

Those of us in the field may like to think that nonprofit organizations are immune to cybersecurity risks; why would anyone want our data? The reality is, nonprofit organizations collect incredibly sensitive information about its constituents and donors, which can include social security numbers, credit card information, and medical information.
— Sheela Nimishakavi

by Sheela Nimishakav  at @npquarterly

5. Building Bench Strength, Developing Professional Skills

 Favorite quote from this post:

developing on necessary functional capacities and creating a system that builds on an ongoing commitment to learning is seen as a next frontier for professional development at the organization.
— Andy Segedin

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!

1. 5 Basic Must-Haves for Every Nonprofit Website

by a contributing author at @classy

     Are you looking to update your organizations website in 2018? This article provides the checklist that you want to have in hand. Make sure you have these 5 basic things covered if you want to both spread your message as well as attract others to support your mission!

 

2. The Leadership Ethos: How What We Believe Can Inform Our Leadership Practices

by Jeanne Bell (@JeanneBellCP) at @npquarterly

   This article is a must read for any nonprofit leader. It's the kind of the article you need to read and then have time to reflect upon afterwards. If you are the kind of leader that always has a notebook on hand to jot down thoughts and reflections, you will want to have your notebook on hand for this insightful article by Jeanne Bell .  "Leadership and management are not generic methods but rather powerful potential means for experimenting toward a desired future."

3. 6 Back to School Lessons To Boost Your Online Fundraising

by Adam Weinger at @GuideStarUSA

     More and more NFP organizations are looking to optimize their online fundraising. Although direct mail campaigns are still effective, online fundraising IS the way of future. This blog is quick read packed with a lot of practical tips on how to say on top of your online fundraising game!

4.  9 Ways to Cost-Effectively Promote Your Cause

by Leeann Alameda at @non_profit_pro

  This is a great roundup of cost-effective practices that will help propel your mission. Personally, #5 is my favorite.

5. Soul Searching: The Starting Line for Non-profit Communications Planning

by Vanessa Chase Lockshin (@vanessaechase)

     If you are an organization who is in the midst of an "identity crisis" and you find yourself asking questions like, "Who are we?"... "What do we really want to be about"... then you need to meet Vanessa Chase Lockshin! Vanessa is offering the webinar you need to attend:

Soul-Searching: The starting line for non-profit communications planning

Feb 6th at 1 pm PST/ 3 pm CST/ 4 pm EST

Register here.

Put this webinar on your schedule!

FRIDAY FAVORITES: Nonprofit Articles, Blogs, and Resources

Here are my favorite nonprofit articles, resources, and blogposts from this week. Please enjoy!

 

1. Classy’s Top 6 Nonprofit Webinars of 2017

By: Will Schmidt at @classy

  This is a fantastic round up of practical tips on how to improve your fundraising game. Classy always offers great resources that all nonprofit leaders should be taking advantage on a regular basis. 

 

 

2. A Surefire Way to Help Your Executive Director Complete Fundraising Tasks

By: Andrea Kihlstedt at @GuideStarUSA

    Andrea suggests that , "you may be able to get far better results by changing the way you use your regular in-person meetings". If you are struggling to get things done and are frustrating your staff, this method may work well for you. 

  Andrea is also offering a FREE WEBINAR on January 24th: "Feasibility Studies: Essential Process or Unnecessary Expense?". You can learn more about this free webinar here.

 

 

3. Succession Planning for God’s Gift: The Nonprofit Whisperer Weighs In

 By: The Nonprofit Whisper at @npquarterly

  I recently stumbled upon The Nonprofit Whisperer who is described like "...a Greek chorus to your nonprofit practice. Write to her today about your nonprofit drama..." In this post a young anonymous asker is sharing their woes as as a nonprofit board member who is frustrated by  "Succession Planning" or lack thereof. The Nonprofit Whisperer weighs in and gives some mighty advice.

 

 

4. Direct Mail Continues Driving Planned Giving

By: Mark Hyrwna at @@NonProfitTimes

    This article is a great resource for nonprofits who are trying to decipher the effectiveness of direct mail campaigns vs. online giving.

 

 

5. How to Begin Attracting New Donors to Your Organization

By: Robin Cabral at @non_profit_pro

  This is a "to the point" post that gives very practical advice on attracting new donors. It's a great quick read that gives you a lot to think about. 

 

 

BONUS: How to Cure Founder's Syndrome

"Founder's Syndrome is a serious condition if left untreated. The good news is that the prognosis with treatment is positive! An nonprofit organization can reverse the damages caused by Founder's Syndrome and even establish a healthier course for it's future."

 

 HAPPY FRIDAY!