Policies, Policies, Policies

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Policies, Policies, Policies – What You Need and Why! (for the purposes of this blog, I am referring to fundraising policies only) Policies: the word makes some people shudder and others applaud. They are rarely the most exciting part of any fundraiser’s job and often get bumped to the bottom of the “to-do” list, but […]

Marketing for non-profits: not a “one size fits all”

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You may believe that the same marketing approach will fit all non-profits regardless of size. While there are similarities when developing marketing strategies, effective and efficient marketing depends on your marketing & fundraising spend as indicated in the table below.             Marketing best practices for small non-profits Common marketing challenge: […]

Fundraising: Amazing Commitee

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Building a Productive and Inspired Committee Volunteer committees. They are an ingrained part of our fundraising practices – and as outside resources shrink and a greater reliance on fundraising from the private sector grows, committees will be of increasing importance. For the purposes of this blog, the word committee will refer to any group of […]

Fundraising: Special Events

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Special Events:  Key to Success or a Costly Mistake? This has to be one of the most common questions I hear from MAS clients. It’s a question that doesn’t have a black-and-white answer, but is an important strategy (and I use that word deliberately) to consider with your organization’s leadership and Board. I work in […]

Staying on course with a board calendar

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If you are a director on a non-profit board, you probably deal with issues that come hurtling at you all the time. Some are urgent and need immediate attention. You put your heads together, assign someone to investigate a problem, and make a decision to take action. But there are bigger roles to play on […]

What does your ideal board look like?

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When you think about your organization, what you want to achieve and what you need to do to achieve it, do you think about the kind of board you need? Many boards give this too little thought. Membership on some of these boards is the result of friendships, who could be talked into serving or […]

Non-profit Growing Pains : IT Infrastructure

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Information technology has become an important part of even the smallest organization. Anything from email services, laptops, computers or tablets for staff connected by some form of network, to printers and faxes. Add to that internet access, communication with clients and stakeholders that could include sending reports to outside organizations, or a simple website. The […]

How easy is it to sit on the board of a not for profit organization?

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“A good cause, a team of passionate volunteers, working hard to fulfill a demand without expecting financial compensations, and helping others when they need it most” is the main building block for an effective not-for-profit organization. Or is it? An effective not-for-profit organization needs more than that. It needs discipline and accountability. It needs dynamics […]

 

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