Roundtable: Time to Get Serious About Social Enterprise

With diminishing charitable donations and public funding becoming a major issue for many nonprofit organizations, today’s nonprofit leaders are looking to social enterprise as a way to generate potentially significant sources of unrestricted cash that will reduce their nonprofit’s reliance on traditional funding to support its mission and achieve its

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Business Planning

Roundtable: The Nonprofit Business Plan – A Tool for Organizational Success & Increased Funding

In a world of diminishing resources and ever increasing demands for improved service delivery, the pressure on nonprofit organizations to do more with less grows each day. The nonprofits that will survive are the ones who can critically self-assess their organization and best communicate their value to funders. Foundations – like everyone

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Roundtable: Managing Your Nonprofit Under the Proposed Trump Budget

Many nonprofits are understandably worried about the additional financial pressures that may be created by the new Trump administration’s budget priorities. The preliminary budget proposal released in March raises concerns in two major ways: Sharp reductions in federal funding support for nonprofits, particularly in social services and in arts and

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Roundtable: Organizational Assessments: A Solution to the Questions That Keep Some Nonprofit Leaders Awake At Night

“What keeps you awake at night?” To this, many nonprofit leaders respond that they wonder whether their organization is structured to maximize potential. For example: Do I have the right people in the right place doing the right things at the right time? Are there organizational weaknesses that could pose

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Roundtable: Should My Nonprofit Collaborate?

Why Collaborate? True collaboration is a mutually beneficial and well-defined relationship, in which two or more organizations work together to realize shared goals. With 1.4 million charities in the U.S., and growing, there continues to be talk and pressure for collaboration.  Why?  Here are just a few reasons: Duplication of

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Roundtable: 5 Steps to Make Your Board More Involved and Effective at Fundraising

Great nonprofit boards don’t just focus on governance and strategy.  They recognize the connection between financial resources and program delivery, and therefore play a key role in fundraising. You are not alone if you wish your board were more engaged with – and more effective at – fundraising.  According to

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Roundtable: Strategic Plans that Deliver Results for Nonprofits

Strategic planning should be at the top of the agenda for any nonprofit organization. To quote from a large, well-known national nonprofit: “There is nothing permanent except change. The dynamic organization, in order to survive and thrive, must envision the future and reform itself to meet it, thereby shaping its

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Case Study: Arts Organization – Strategic Plan

This case study describes how a strategic plan helped a nonprofit arts organization establish and accomplish its long-term goals. The organization came to NESC after a funder told them they needed a strategic plan to grow their organization. NESC started by interviewing the staff, board, and key stakeholders to understand what

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Roundtable: Tips for Finding the Right Nonprofit Executive Director

Hiring the right executive director is perhaps the most important decision that a nonprofit Board can make.  The search process behind this decision can be long and unruly; or it can be thorough and productive. By breaking down the process into tasks and conducting them with integrity, search time can

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Roundtable: Branding – The Mark of a Strong Nonprofit

Branding and marketing are not synonymous. Great marketing – in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations – starts with strong and consistent branding, which is then reinforced by the organization’s people, programs, and communications. Think of it this way: a brand is an organization’s identity – the essence of what you are.

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