Nonprofit Degree Programs Are Failing Nonprofit Leaders

March 2, 2013



This post was prompted by an email a long-time close friend and colleague emailed me this morning.  The email sent to me was this link: Nonprofits Need to Compete for Top Talent. The article referenced above cites a study conducted by Bridgespan called the Nonprofit Sector’s Leadership Deficit.  This report was published in March 2006, […]

Posted in: Leadership

Donors Should Fund Marketing

October 21, 2012


Photo: Albert Ortega/PR Photos

Last week I was asked to be a part of a panel discussion hosted by the Miami Chamber of Commerce entitled “At the Heart of the Matter – Social Entrepreneurship: Your Chance to Change the World.” I think I might have been the Simon Cowell of the panel. One particular discussion centered building awareness for […]

Posted in: Marketing

A Challenge Facing Nonprofit Strategy – Caring Too Much

October 14, 2012



Anyone who has been involved in a board conversation or a management discussion within a nonprofit has faced the following question: Do we do what is best for the cause or best for the organization? This is a question that is unique to the nonprofit sector.  When comparing the question to the for-profit sector it […]

Fundraising Declines Are a Symptom That Something Else is Wrong

October 6, 2012



I was having lunch this past week with two intelligent and highly-educated women who also shared my passion for nonprofit strategy.  They were working on building a series of workshops designed to help nonprofit leaders and wanted my input on their line up of topics. The topics were on the Internet, social media, and fundraising. […]

Posted in: Fundraising

Giving Predictions for 2013

October 4, 2012



Recently, I’ve been working on a charitable giving report for a private client.  They asked as part of this report that I provide some predictions for individual giving for 2013.  There is one finding that I found fascinating and surprisingly SIMPLE. I love simple. It turns out that according to the Million Dollar List, million […]

Posted in: Giving Trends

Three Ways Facebook Can Hurt Your Nonprofit

December 9, 2011



In my research of over 250 nonprofit organizations, it was somewhat startling to learn that just over a third of nonprofits had begun using Facebook only since 2010.  Among the nonprofit leaders I interviewed, approximately 1 out of every 4 leaders admitted to just simply not understanding Facebook.  Here is one of the quotes from […]

Posted in: Social Media

Strategy and Your Board of Directors

November 27, 2011



I was speaking with a close associate of mine the other day about board of directors.  He is considered by many to be an expert in the area of philanthropy and he mentioned to me that “The main problem with a lot of boards is that they act haphazardly to market change.  They need to […]

Posted in: Board of Directors

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