I think the short answer is...maybe not. If you asked me 10 or even five years ago if the fund development function of an organization could be outsourced, my answer would be it depends. Grant writing, sure. Organizations have outsourced their database operations for decades. And, the biggest daddy, the capital (or comprehensive) campaign consultant. … Continue reading Is there a limit to outsourcing?
I am a concerned US citizen regarding our current leadership. I’ve worked in nonprofit management/fundraising for 20+ years and understand research. Tonight I saw an Ad for America First Policies and was curious as to its intent and purpose. Through some basic research I found the following: https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-01-30/trump-advisers-start-america-first-policies-nonprofit (please note second to last paragraph … Continue reading Exactly…what is American First Policies?!
It’s the old cliché “you can’t see the forest through the trees”. Objectivity is the ability to see a situation for what it really is. And, for many nonprofits, that takes an objective expert. Consider this, An objective expert can help your organization to: Save time Save money Make greater impact Does your organization want … Continue reading 20/20 Vision Courtesy of Objectivity
As the incoming President of the RI Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and a teacher of a Philanthropy class at Rhode Island College (RIC), I get lots of questions and comments about mentoring. “ How can I get a mentor?” “…we had a mentoring program, it didn't work.” “…the mentor I want … Continue reading Mentoring Made Easy with PASS
This question was posted recently on one of my LinkedIn Groups. It caught my eye because most of the responses were very black and white (i.e. a voting board member) (click to view the discussion). I felt compelled to provide a different answer. "It depends". Like human beings, no two NPOs are identical. Throw in Board Members, Volunteers and … Continue reading “Who Should Run The Development Committee?”
I get it. We are a culture of immediate gratification and demand "results now". However, that is not a long-term solution for most issues. It doesn't work with diets. It doesn't work with making money. So, it shouldn't work for the Federal Budget either. For too long, the Charitable Deduction Allowance has been target for removal or … Continue reading Short Sighted Solutions
The Development Professional and the Finance Professional of an organization need each other in order to be successful. However, they can't communicate because each are speaking a different language. I started off my week with a wonderful meeting with on of my area's leading CPAs. She was conducting research on the nonprofit sector, particularly … Continue reading Developing a Common Language
"We can't raise money for operations. Donors don't want to pay for salaries." I have heard it all too often. The well-connected, respected, influential (and often affluent) board member makes the statement that virtually kills the fundraising for an organization. I know you've heard it too.I have a request of my fellow nonprofit fundraisers and executives. … Continue reading Nonprofits CAN Raise Money for Operations
Michele R. Berard, MBA, CFRE presents to the CT Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals on May 17, 2012 on the topic of raising money for operations. Click on the link to see part of that presentation.
Organizations need to look through windows, not in mirrors, when developing their case for support. Better said, "how does their mission provide benefit to the community" rather than "we meet the needs of those woh