Nonprofit Management

Mastering the Art of the Pivot: Fundraising Edition

In dance, a pivot is a quick turn you make to move in another direction. In the media, a pivot is a way to respond quickly to a question and get back to your key talking points.

 

What is a pivot for fundraising? It’s a way to guide the conversation back to what you want […]

By |April 18th, 2016|Nonprofit Management|0 Comments

Office housework: Do it or Don’t Do it? 

Don’t do office housework. So says Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. Sounds simple, right? Until you realize that it’s not getting done and then you are living and working in a big mess. Office housework, according to Sandberg and Grant, work that includes taking meeting notes, volunteering for committees, training colleagues, and other administrative […]

By |January 14th, 2016|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on Office housework: Do it or Don’t Do it? 

5 Lessons Learned from Cara Willis

In the tradition of honoring close colleagues, it was time to celebrate Cara Willis as she leaves Opportunity Nation and Be the Change after a remarkable six years. She is the master of advance, the mistress of social media, and the mastermind behind the Opportunity Nation Summits. She does the work of at least […]

By |December 21st, 2015|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on 5 Lessons Learned from Cara Willis

Not My Problem: Grantmakers and Sexual Violence

Despite increasing attention to various aspects of sexual violence ranging from serial perpetrators like Bill Cosby, unacceptably high rates of sexual violence on college campuses, and clergy sexual abuse, the philanthropy community remains remarkably silent on this issue. Fewer than 35 foundations list sexual assault victim services or sexual abuse as an area of […]

By |December 11th, 2015|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on Not My Problem: Grantmakers and Sexual Violence

Top 10 Tips for Building a Culture of Development

This list was first presented with Kevin Flynn, Commongood Careers, as a part of the 2015 Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Conference.

Respect the Craft: A strong development professional is bringing skills, knowledge and expertise to the table. Always try to understand and learn from it, even when it goes against your instincts and comfort zone.

 

You Can’t […]

By |October 21st, 2015|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on Top 10 Tips for Building a Culture of Development

The best lessons from the worst bosses

I’ve worked for a lot of bosses in my career, and have also heard war stories from friends, colleagues, and clients. A good boss is golden, but a bad boss will teach you so much about life, leadership, and organizations. When you are in the thick of it with a bad boss, it can […]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on The best lessons from the worst bosses

Does Your Nonprofit Care About Families? Why Parental Leave Matters

Parental leave can be a tough topic for nonprofit organizations facing real budget limitations and working to execute important missions with a small team. It’s hard to imagine doing without a full-time staff member for three months, let alone continuing to pay that person’s salary while they are gone.

 

At the same time, it astounds […]

By |September 17th, 2015|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on Does Your Nonprofit Care About Families? Why Parental Leave Matters

Four Leadership Lessons for Tough Times

All organizations go through tough times now and then. Budgets fall short. Leaders leave, sometimes abruptly. A new project or initiative is a flop. These are all normal aspects of working reality and leadership.
When faced with a tough time, it’s easy to go to your bad place, whatever that place is. Maybe you are […]

By |September 8th, 2015|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on Four Leadership Lessons for Tough Times

5 Signs You Were Born to Raise Funds

“You’re a FUNDRAISER?”

 

“Gosh, what a hard job!”

 

“I HATE asking for money.”

 

These are just a few of the common reactions I get when I tell people that my job involves fundraising. To be clear, my most recent role at Opportunity Nation was focused on developing large-scale strategic partnerships that often involve both cash and […]

By |June 9th, 2015|Nonprofit Management|Comments Off on 5 Signs You Were Born to Raise Funds

It’s not a 4-letter word

“I just can’t say NO.”

How many times have you heard this lament from someone who was stressed, overwhelmed, and overcommitted?   As a fundraiser, relationship manager, and a parent of a three year old, the word NO is a part of my life. I hear it and say it on a daily basis – […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Motherhood, Nonprofit Management, Random Thoughts|2 Comments