Effective Stewardship

Many nonprofit boards need to reimagine their roles. When they took on the leadership of the nonprofits, they agreed to become the stewards of the nonprofits. For some boards, stewardship means maintain the status quo. They aim to sustain the current level of effectiveness and efficiency. Those boards have limited their role to that of […]


Decisions that Strangle Success

Nonprofits must be accountable for how they use a funder’s money. Accountability encourages good stewardship, gives the donor the confidence to be generous, creates a more effective mission, and enables greater client success. When accountability has the wrong focus, it strangles donor, nonprofit, mission and client success.

Donors, like nonprofit boards, have only the best […]


Better Data Results in More Generous Donors

Here are four questions to help you better know your donors, engage your donors, and spot trends in your donor base. Some of the bullets under each question will help you focus your fundraising in ways that increase its effectiveness.

How can supporters engage with your nonprofit?

Volunteer, Donate, Advocate, Refer Clients and Refer […]


How to Set Attainable Goals

We are told creating goals is a good thing and will help our organizations thrive, attract support, and increase sustainability. However, goals are frequently missed, which makes setting goals frustrating. In the end, some boards stop creating goals because it seems to be worthless and other tasks are more rewarding.

In our experience, the problem […]


Put a Bigger Dent in the Universe

Nonprofits are formed to solve significant social problems. The promises of their mission statements tells how the world will be transformed by the nonprofits’ efforts.

Does your community know how your nonprofit plans to transform it?

Do your services create the transformation your mission promises?

How significantly your nonprofit transforms your community depends on […]


Break the Rules

How flexible is your board’s attitude toward rules?

Every successful experiment breaks and rewrites one or more rules. Every successful experiment also increases the effectiveness of your mission, the sustainability of your nonprofit, and its competitive stance in your community.

Is your nonprofit breaking enough rules to create the operational strength, sustainability, and effectiveness your […]


Be Measurably Strong

A nonprofit solves a pressing problem for its clients and community through its services. That wonderful process strengthens the community. It also means that the community needs the nonprofits to continue for as long as there are problems to be solved.

Does your nonprofit have the strength to survive as long as it is needed?



Be More Selective

Most nonprofit boards abhor having a vacant seat on the board. As a result, they are willing to keep the standards of board membership reasonably low. Clients, donors, employees, and missions benefit from being more selective.

Board members should be focused on the nonprofit’s future and believe that a long-term plan for the future is […]


A Budget Is a Plan Converted to Numbers, or Is It?

Your nonprofit’s budget has the potential to lift your nonprofit to new heights by increasing your reputation and sustainability, clients’ successes, and mission effectiveness. It also has the potential to lower your nonprofit’s sustainability and reputation as well as undermine the perception of your mission’s relevance. It all depends on how your budget is developed. […]


Is Your Board Alert?

The board members in highly sustainable nonprofits are constantly monitoring the world around them for threats (real and imagined). When a member notices a threat, the other board members are alerted. The threat is evaluated and an appropriate response is developed.

Reactions are seldom as effective as responses. Many nonprofit boards wait until they see […]