Silo Busting: Connecting Nonprofit Teams

John SchoberNonprofit Collaboration

nonprofit silos

While attending the Finance, Technology, People Innovation Annual Conference for the first time, I found it curious to have a conference designed for 3 different functional groups (Finance, IT, and Human Resources) that don’t always work together extensively. Typically, a conference will target a specific functional area or target groups that are likely to work together. It brought to mind … Read More

3 Tech Tips for Increased Donor Engagement

Andrew VaethNonprofit Tech

donor engagement

Technology has made engaging with donors incredibly convenient and effective. We are able to connect and build relationships like never before. In 2017, #GivingTuesday reached over 27.1 billion people on social media and raised over $300 million online. The power of social media alone can increase donor engagement, but there are other ways to spark retention. To get a deeper … Read More

The Makeup of the Ideal Board Member

Andrew VaethBoard of Directors

The following is an excerpt of a blog post written by Brian Sooy, President of Aespire, and author of “Raise Your Voice: A Cause Manifesto,” in which he recounts his decade of work on a nonprofit board of directors. The members of the boards I serve on embody character and leadership qualities that put the organization’s interests ahead of their own as … Read More

How to Avoid Nonprofit Board Burnout

Andrew VaethBoard of Directors

burnout

Between work responsibilities, volunteer and networking opportunities, personal commitments, and more, board members lead busy lives. As a nonprofit leader, it’s up to you to keep your board members motivated and excited about your mission. But, it may be hard to do when members are feeling overworked and bogged down. Over time, this leads to general disinterest in and frustration … Read More

3 Social Media Tips for Nonprofits

Andrew VaethNonprofit Tools

The number of worldwide social media users is expected to grow at unprecedented rates in years to come. In fact, in America alone, well over 50% of the population has a social media profile. Knowing this, nonprofits must integrate and align social media efforts with strategic goals and marketing initiatives. Below, we take a look at some tips and tools … Read More

3 Challenges All Nonprofit Leaders Face and How to Overcome Them

Andrew VaethNonprofit Collaboration

As the leader of a nonprofit, what challenges do you face on a regular basis? If board turnover or deficient technology comes to mind, you’re not alone. These issues—among others—are plaguing nonprofits everywhere. So, how do you overcome these challenges? We offer solutions for nonprofit leaders below. Competition for Constituents Competition is a reality for every nonprofit. With a limited … Read More

4 Smart Strategies to Engage the Next Generation of Nonprofit Board Members and Donors

Andrew VaethBoard of Directors, Nonprofit Collaboration

As the leader of a nonprofit, how do you plan to engage the next generation of board members and donors? This is an important question to consider as Baby Boomers head toward retirement, Gen X-ers fill their upper management roles, and Millennials continue entering the workforce. Nonprofits must develop strategies to attract and engage the new generations or risk failure. … Read More

How to Disaster-Proof Your Nonprofit Technology Plan

Andrew VaethNonprofit Tech

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes and if your nonprofit isn’t properly prepared, operations can come to a screeching halt with no warning. While technology is typically the solution to a number of disasters, nonprofits are often reluctant to adopt new business strategies, fearing implementation failure and poor user acceptance. However, incorporating technology doesn’t have to be hard–and when … Read More

Productivity Hacks for Every Nonprofit Meeting

Andrew VaethNonprofit Collaboration

When it comes to running a meeting at your nonprofit, how productive are you? According to Visually, “more than $37 billion per year is spent on unproductive meetings.” Many factors can undermine the effectiveness of a meeting, costing your nonprofit in the long run. Follow along for productivity hacks to make the most of your time, no matter the kind … Read More