When Good Board Members Have Bad Ideas

If you have worked at a nonprofit organization, this has happened to you. A great and involved board member walks into your office and says, “I have an idea for this organization”....and then you sit there for 20 minutes trying to figure out how to tell this board member that the idea cannot happen....Oh, this happens! . Some helpful tips: Be Strategic: Is that board member’s great idea aligned with your board approved strategic plan? If not, let the board member know your p

A Sea of Gratitude

Thanks for Giving! Don’t forget to take time during this season of giving and gratitude to say thank you to the donors who give so much to your nonprofit organization. Some ideas: -Hand delivered pies to your major donors with Thanks For Giving notes -Thanks For Giving cards mailed to all donors with signatures from board members -Source local jams or honey and give to donors with a note, “Thank you for being so sweet and for giving of your time, talent and treasure this ye

What Happens When Bad Weather Threatens Your Special Event?

Weather dependent fundraising special events can be stressful for organizers, but there are some ways to ensure successful management. 1). Always have a rain or snow backup plan. Hoping for good weather is not enough. Know the location and plan for inclement weather. 2). Include the location or plan for bad weather on the invitation or flyer. Or, indicate this is a rain or shine event. 3). Communicate! Blast social media and websites with weather updates. Even posting a time