They say never meet your heroes, but we did and we're even more impressed!
It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In the spirit of that concept, we know as nonprofit leaders that change is inevitable – and it’s necessary for not only our mission’s survival but also for our success as an organization. But people fear change. And the best way to make progress as a leader is to tackle head on what we fear the most.
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Starting a nonprofit isn't for the faint of heart! It takes commitment to the mission, business savvy, fundraising expertise and a whole lot more. Marjorie and Natalie got out the bottle of wine for another Wine on One to tackle this tough topic of how to start a nonprofit with staying power.
The first 100 days of an executive director’s job can be crucial. Missteps made by the Executive, the board and the staff can reverberate through the organization and take years to correct. Today we are going to look at some tips to help EDs and Boards navigate those first 100 days. Spoiler, it's not just the ED's job to make sure it goes well!
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Everyone knows that when you are nonprofit organization the magic behind the mission is fundraising. Simply put, no money no mission. And fundraising has a three-phase cycle – you are either starting a campaign, in a campaign, or ending a campaign. Today we have Ellen Howe, Senior Consultant with The Rome Group. She been involved in the nonprofit sector for 15 years as a consultant, development officer and program director. Ellen joins Marjorie and Natalie to talk about what a feasibility study is and helps you figure out if it's right for your organization.
Here's some resources if you're interested in getting an alumni association or board alumni group started at your organization:
Q&A: How to Engage Younger Alumni
Alumni Channel Blog: How to Start/Create an Alumni Association
Alumni Channel: 14 (New & Updated) Best Practices to Grow Your Alumni Association
The Hidden Treasure of Former Board Members
How Does Your Nonprofit Retain Termed-Out Board Members?
It's the person you count on to lead your organization and build trust in the community. The role of the Executive Director is pivotal to the well being of any nonprofit organization. Cheryl Compton, an Executive Director with over 40 years of experience in the field, is here to share her experiences in the hot seat.
At the time your organization has the potential, you as a fundraiser can be the most vulnerable.
Nonprofitteers wear so many hats, sometimes it's hard to keep them all on at once! Between our regular duties, email, meetings and social meeting, you can just hear your time sucking away.
Marjorie and Natalie are here to give you concrete tips and tricks to manage all of that and we promise, we aren't taking away your email or Facebook!
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Do you struggle with getting your fundraising committees going and keeping them active? Mary Valloni is here to talk to us about the Seven Steps to Fundraising FREEDOM method. We talk about how to recruit new people to get the right people on the committee, picking the right chairperson, getting them to gel and do life together, and keeping the committee moving towards success! Together, you'll change the world one volunteer and one dollar at a time!