Achieving Fundraising Gold, Part II- Building Momentum

This three-part article series provides advice to help your nonprofit achieve fundraising gold by equipping your board and leadership teams, safeguarding compliance, and mining giving data. In Part 2, our experts, Lisa Cohen, CEO of Capital Motion, Gail Snow Moraski, Principal of Results Communication and Research, and Brock Klinger, Account Executive at Harbor Compliance, answer questions about building …

Achieving Fundraising Gold, Part I- Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Campaign

This three-part article series provides advice to help your nonprofit achieve fundraising gold by equipping your board and leadership teams, safeguarding compliance, and mining giving data. The series will cover best practices during three key fundraising phases: laying the groundwork for a successful campaign, building momentum as the campaign progresses, and concluding in a way …

Overcoming Nonprofit Board Resistance #changeforgood

A favorite quip (in my notes, it is attributed to SNL) goes like this: It’s a good idea; But it’s a new idea; Therefore, we fear it; Therefore, we must reject it. If that resonates with you relative to your board work, your board may have resistance-itis. When experiencing nonprofit board resistance, you’ll know it, you’ll …

The 360 Degree Donor Engagement Model

The generally accepted model for organizing and staffing nonprofit fundraising and development teams goes something like this, assuming there is the luxury of staff, of course. Each task or type of campaign is identified. There might be one or more people assigned to each discrete task or initiative, or there might be one (very busy) …

Avoiding the Potholes of Dysfunctional Boards

One of the interesting questions in nonprofit board development is whether private sector boards work “better” than nonprofit boards. While you might think that having everyone pulling in one direction—profit making—would mean that a board would be easier to manage—I would point you to Exhibit A, Uber. Enough said. In my experience, tax status—for-profit or nonprofit—is …

Finding Common Ground Between Nonprofit Board and Leadership

There is no question that one of the biggest challenges in nonprofit board and leadership work is… people. Because people are also who make up nonprofit board and leadership teams—and who makes the work so good, too. It helps to have some good and effective ways to untangle things. Often there is a level of …

Rethink Nonprofit Board Fundraising

As an executive director or development professional who has experienced the frustration of dealing with nonprofit board fundraising or asking your board to raise money for your organization, you are not alone. Moving past this obstacle doesn’t require a magic wand; if you can believe it, it may work better in some cases to have …

Maintain & Improve, or Fix it When it Breaks?

If you have a project on your desk, you have choices. You can manage it with a sense of urgency, you can vaguely hope it will resolve itself without your involvement, you can engage in a cycle of long-term analysis of options and alternatives, or you can wait deliberately and address it as deferred maintenance …

Beyond Fundraising: Board Members as Ambassadors

This Capital Motion Blog post appeared as an article in the February 27th edition of Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Sector News Nonprofit 411.  Nonprofit boards of directors have two key areas of responsibility: governance and fundraising. Governance has a set of responsibilities that are required and must be completed by each board. Fundraising could be more generally …

Tax Act-ion Steps To Take

Businesses and their mood indicator, equity markets, have recently been expressing their view by moving primarily in one direction, up. Nonprofit fundraisers looking to raise money in the wake of the Tax Act, on the other hand, have been a bit more glum. However! We leave room for hope.The complexities of the tax act (and …