Dust Off the Strategic Plan

January 6th, 2015
The beginning of the year is, for many, a natural time of reflection and planning, a time to look back on the challenges and successes of the previous year and to set goals for the one to come. For organizations too, the end of the year can be a chance to reflect and plan—to take the strategic plan off the shelf and recommit to putting it into action. Three elements are necessary:... Read more »

Collective Impact and Advocacy for the Nonprofit Sector

March 24th, 2014
In case you weren’t at the 2013 Alliance for Nonprofit Management conference to see my presentation on “Reframing the Sector: Making an Advocacy Case for Capacity Building,” you’re in luck — a video of the entire presentation is now now online!... Read more »

Trend-watching: The 2013 Philanthropy 400 and Navigating Rough Fundraising Waters

October 23rd, 2013
Boy, the fundraising reports just keep coming!  Yesterday my Chronicle of Philanthropy arrived with this year’s Philanthropy 400, a listing of the organizations raising the most money nationwide.  In light of the Urban Institute/AFP report we looked at the other day, it’s somewhat sobering news — if the top 400 are navigating rough waters in 2013, then you can bet it’s really tough going for the smaller organizations!... Read more »

One is silver, the other is gold…

October 16th, 2013
Although camp season is a distant memory this time of year, when I read the new 2013 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report from the Urban Institute and Association of Fundraising Professionals, I couldn’t help but think of the old campfire song, “Make new friends but keep the old / One is silver and the other’s gold.”  That report is a powerful cautionary tale for nonprofits in our region.... Read more »