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 …

Get Your Board Past Stuck on “Give and Get”

We hear often about the opportunity for Boards and nonprofit executives to work even more effectively together to consistently raise money and resources. Nonprofit executives cite the “usual suspects” as trouble spots, including buy-in and engagement, and challenges in achieving give-and-get success. While these are certainly valid concerns, there are other stumbling blocks, including the comfort …

Beyond the Raiser’s Edge

You know, of course, that the iconic nonprofit fundraisers' tool Raiser's Edge is made by Blackbaud. But did you know that the company trades publicly on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker BLKB? And that the company has a bunch of lines of business and revenue that extend far beyond nonprofits? This is true. …