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Data Only Helps if You Listen to It

Data Only Helps if You Listen to It

Data and analytics can play a big role in improving nonprofit strategy. It usually doesn’t though, and that’s because most nonprofits are using their data wrong. It’s time we had a little talk about strategic objects. Think about the last strategy meeting you...
How to Lead High-Performing Nonprofit Executive Teams

How to Lead High-Performing Nonprofit Executive Teams

Effective executive teams are critical for many organizations to both maximize and sustain an organization’s impact. Yet shaping this team to be high performing isn’t easy. In fact, in a Bridgespan survey of 362 nonprofit executive team...
What is the Number 1 Thing a Nonprofit Needs?

What is the Number 1 Thing a Nonprofit Needs?

What is the number one thing a nonprofit needs? Nonprofits need many things to operate. For example, nonprofit organizations need a mission, a reason to exist, they need a board of directors, donors, volunteers, staff. They need to receive a tax exemption under...
Criteria for Picking Board Directors

Criteria for Picking Board Directors

The success of a nonprofit hinges on several factors. Expenses must be managed. Staff must be able to work effectively and promote the organization’s mission. And you need the right board of directors that can provide more than just financial support. Choosing the...
Five Tips for Improving Meeting Quality, Onsite and Virtual

Five Tips for Improving Meeting Quality, Onsite and Virtual

Five people come into a room and take their seats around a table. Three people call in to participate by phone through a speaker located in the center of the table. And I’m participating on a video screen located at the end of the table. It’s just another day for me...
Are You Doing Better in 2018?

Are You Doing Better in 2018?

It’s hard to believe we’re more than halfway through 2018. It doesn’t seem like that long ago I wrote this post –  How to Do Better in 2018 I hope your fundraising and communications are going well so far this year. Are they going well? Are you even paying attention...