The Planning Meeting – Love it or Hate It?

Posted on 30 October 2009

I sent out a special email on Monday to those who are signed up for the Step by Step Fundraising newsletter.  It included some of the tips that I also posted here:  Annual Fund Drive, End-of-year Fundraising Success Strategies. I got an email back from Tony with some great comments that maybe you can relate […]

Roundup: Volunteers Can be Crucial Part of Fundraising

Posted on 03 April 2009

National Volunteer Week is coming up April 19-25, 2009 (thanks to Joanne at for the reminder!)  This could be a great time for your nonprofit to recognize, show appreciation for and step-up your volunteer organization efforts. For many groups volunteers are a crucial part of keeping the organization funded. Here are some articles with […]

10 Common Issues with Board Members & What to Do About Them, Part II

Posted on 19 February 2009

In the first part of this series, I introduced the topic of how to handle bad behavior from your board members. With this continuation, I’m throwing out five more examples of how board members can hurt (rather than help) your non-profit and, of course, what to do about it. 6. The Board Member Doesn’t Respect […]

10 Common Issues With Board Members & What to Do About Them, Part I

Posted on 03 February 2009

After having spent many years working with non-profit boards, I know enough not to be personally disappointed by any one individual board member. Non-profit board service is a volunteer gig, and it’s tough to get down on someone who is giving of his or her time. Besides, as a leader of a non-profit, we are […]

Showing Appreciation to Board Members

Posted on 19 May 2008

Today’s Appreciation Challenge is all about board members. I’ve been active on two different boards for several years now. Now in my role as president of one board, I’m especially interested in how to make the experience of serving on a board a positive one for all of the members. Blue Avacado has a great […]

The Appreciation Challenge

Posted on 12 May 2008

What if each day you took the time to give appreciation to someone you work with, a donor to your cause or a friend or family member? Perhaps it is possible that something as simple as showing people that you appreciate them could make a big impact. Mike Robbins experienced this first hand and the […]

The Myth of the “Selfless Volunteer”

Posted on 10 April 2008

Volunteerism is a defining characteristic of the Not-For-Profit sector, in that it sets us apart from the other two societal sectors. It is usually thought of as a virtuous, selfless enterprise on the part of the volunteer….yet my experience, both as an organizational leader and as a volunteer, is that this is not true. And […]