Handling Challenging Conversations with Board Members and Donors

Handling Challenging Conversations with Board Members and Donors

Conflict is a part of everyday life, but when it comes to Board Members or donors, it is easy for that conflict to become especially fraught. It can be challenging to walk the line between expressing and adhering to your organizational values while simultaneously trying to keep an important stakeholder happy. Here are a few suggestions for strategies to strike that ever important balance.

End the Churn, Part 3: Radical Transparency

End the Churn, Part 3: Radical Transparency

Standard workplace expectations in the United States suggest that employees give employers a requisite “two weeks notice” before leaving their current position and moving on to their next job opportunity. This goes far beyond the world of nonprofit fundraising, of course, but the implications for a development department can be detrimental given the time that it takes to conduct a thorough search and recruitment process.

End the Churn, Part 2: Setting Goals and Other Financial Expectations

End the Churn, Part 2: Setting Goals and Other Financial Expectations

Depending on your organization’s sources of earned revenue, your work might live and die on how effectively your development department reaches its contributed revenue goals each year. That’s no small burden on your team of fundraisers, especially if communication gets murky and not everyone is on the same page about what kinds of numbers they are working toward.

End the Churn, Part 1: Reasons to Invest in Your Development Staff

End the Churn, Part 1: Reasons to Invest in Your Development Staff

Investing in your development staff takes on many forms. It means compensating them appropriately through salary and benefits; putting resources toward their ongoing professional development; and making sure that they have the tools and back-office support they need in order to do their job well.

There Is No Magical Unicorn Fundraiser

There Is No Magical Unicorn Fundraiser

As you may have guessed from the title of this post, we are here today to dispel a common myth about the way that fundraising works.

There is no magical unicorn fundraiser.