I’ve been watching Givewell for the past couple of years, because I think they’ve been trying to take on a serious issue with accountability and transparency for nonprofits.
Are you friends with failure? I remember at one of my old nonprofit fundraising jobs, making the smallest mistake was the cause for disciplinary action, reprimand, and dire accusations of waste and thoughtlessness. Imagine if we encouraged our fundraising staff to make mistakes. What if their job was to try 3 new things every year?… [Keep Reading]
Note: This article originally appeared in the OCASDV (Oregon Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence) newsletter in March, 2014. Does your nonprofit get government contracts? Or is your nonprofit considering getting government contracts? The government is increasingly stepping away from providing human services like elder care, and instead they are calling for nonprofits to take… [Keep Reading]
Did you ever make a bucket list? What did it include? “Go Skydiving!” “Swim with the Dolphins!” “Get a PhD!” Notice one common denominator in all of those? Yeah. They cost money. Did Einstein ever have a bucket list? I doubt it. His life was memorable and interesting enough without one. From The Guardian: Are… [Keep Reading]
Are you trying to ‘maximize” your “resources” and “optimize” your “funding dollars”?
Are you looking for a nonprofit with a good 5 year plan, and programs based on research?
Are you looking for a predictable (yet innovative) model of human behavior that other nonprofits can follow for “reproducible” or “Replicable” results?
What were your goals with the plan?
In addition to the general goal identified by the organization, our team identified further goals of the marketing plan as 1) formulating a strategy for identifying potential customers across the country, and 2) contacting those agencies to create and improve awareness of the program in an effort to increase product sales.
“I’m using every ounce of my will, my intelligence, my heart and my soul.” Can you say that when you wake up every day, and go to work? If not, Alice Walker has some advice for you. We are often distracted from effective direct action by the project of improving ourselves, of… [Keep Reading]
I mean, come on! We have tech for-profits starting up every day, and no one says to them, “There are too many tech startups! Cut it out already, there’s not enough need!”
Today’s post is a bit of a departure. Often, I’m on this blog, telling you how it is, or finding other people to tell you how it is. Today, like Socrates, I’ve got questions for you. Lots of questions. Consider even one of these questions, and leave a comment. I would LOVE to know if… [Keep Reading]