By Amy Phipps There is no way to spread good feeling faster than by sharing a little gratitude. I found this out several years ago, when I was asked to chair a small committee at my church called “Attitude of Gratitude.” I have to admit I thought the name was a little corny, but I found that the work of the group was incredibly meaningful. It centered on “stealth gratitude.” Every month, the group would
By Covita Moroney, CFRE and Joyce Penland, CFRE With nearly 59 years between us as development officers, we had a conversation recently about what 20/20 hindsight has afforded us as we look at our efforts to connect with donors, board members, and other significant investors in the organizations we have served. We hope this conversation encourages development officers, particularly those new to the profession or new to a position, to “make the most important thing
By Joyce Penland, CFRE In the leather portfolio I carry with me to work is a small sheet of paper with four words on it. I’m not certain who originally said them, but I often heard them from perhaps the most gifted person I’ve ever seen work with a board of trustees, former Trinity University President Ron Calgaard. He said that effective, successful boards of directors must possess the four characteristics on that piece of paper.
By Shelby Atherton and Marion Lee The Giving USA figures are out for 2017 and there is good news! Giving in 2017 rose to more than $410 billion, topping 2016 figures of more than $390 billion. While this appears to be great news, with a 5.2% increase in giving (not inflation adjusted), there are some trends that bear a closer look. So, let’s begin by looking at the data. 2017 contributions by donor type – total
By Alexis De Sela As your organization’s leader, it’s incumbent on you to select the most qualified staff with the right fit based on your organization’s needs and culture to build your nonprofit “dream team.” Consider these steps as you undertake your next search. What do employees value? In any successful workplace, the positive interaction between employees and their leader is essential. We’ve learned that in their relationship with supervisors, most employees value: Trust Positive
By Priscilla Guajardo Cortez, J.D., M.Ed. Summer is quickly approaching and for many that means FUN! For nonprofit organizations, especially the development staff, it means FUNdraising! During the summer months, nonprofits typically experience a slowdown. Donors and board members take vacation and programming is often scaled back. The summer is an excellent time for the development team to take advantage of the quiet and plan for the rest of the year. Here are 10 things development
By Covita Moroney, CFRE A story… Energized by a fresh, inspiring vision and spot-on strategic goals (carefully crafted at the amazing two-day Board / Staff planning retreat) you hit the office filled with fire-in-the-belly. Determined to bring to life the wonderful vision (after you first check email and voice messages, return a few calls, and sort through the mail) you plan to gather staff and announce the implementation of the organization’s new three-Year Strategic Plan!
By Joyce Penland, CFRE You’ve no doubt heard the adage about the frequency of capital campaigns: You’ve just completed one, you’re in the middle of one, or you’re planning the next one. Wherever your organization finds itself, it’s always good to examine your team’s readiness to undertake a significant capital campaign. Here are some of “elements of success” that we at Lee+ Associates consider when working with clients that are considering a capital campaign. This
By Marion Lee, CFRE A thief has three characteristics: first a thief is not recognized by you as being a thief; second, he robs you of what you have without your realizing it at the time; and third, a thief leaves you feeling foolish after you have been robbed. –N. Ravichandran In this article, I ‘d like to explore why theft happens, how to work smarter to prevent this happening in your nonprofit and how
By Karen Kegg My husband and I renewed our wedding vows this summer with family and a few friends attending. For a gift, my sister-in-law gave us a decorative gratefulness jar to remind us how grateful we should be for each other and our family. It’s a decorative jar that you place notes of gratefulness in when you aren’t feeling encouraged about life. In other words, it reminds you to stop and acknowledge what you