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Fundraising Tips

By Heather Brown
August 31, 2011

How to get your board more involved in fundraising:Stage a Board Member Thank-a-ThonTons of nonprofits experience frustration with getting their boards to fundraise; in fact, it’s the second biggest reasons why executive directors leave their posts, according to CompassPoint’s “Daring to Lead” study. An easy way to give board members a chance to dip their ...

More Common Hiring Pitfalls to Avoid

By Heather Brown
August 30, 2011

Momentum: Recognize that searches follow a particular cycle and ensure that your search does not lose valuable momentum. There is usually a lot of energy within an organization at the beginning of a search, as the possibilities of bringing a great hire on board are imagined. When the position is initially posted, you can expect ...

Common Hiring Pitfalls to Avoid

By Heather Brown
August 29, 2011

There are a number of ways that recruiting and hiring processes can go wrong, and hiring the right people into the right positions is too important to leave to chance. Whether your organization has dedicated human resources professionals or not, there are a number of common hiring mistakes that can be easily avoided. Planning: Make ...

Meeting Compensation Challenges

By Heather Brown
August 26, 2011

How do you meet the challenges of retaining your key people and filling vacancies when salary budgets are stretched impossibly thin? Here are several ideas to think about: Retaining the key people If there is no money, think of other rewards. Salaries for jobs are very important, but there is a component of personal need ...

Nonprofit Compensation in Trying Times

By Heather Brown
August 25, 2011

Setting compensation in nonprofits is tough these days. You need to attract and retain staff, managers, and executives, working within a tight—maybe even shrinking—budget and also projecting what will happen next year. Finally, prepare to explain (and perhaps defend) your actions as other stakeholders—funders, donors, media, members of the public, even clients and staff members—weigh ...

Disgruntled Employees – More Ways to Work it Out

By Heather Brown
August 23, 2011

Give a New Project Some issues can be resolved simply by giving an employee a new project or challenge.  A workplace devoid of challenges can result in boredom and in turn, an unhappy employee.  By giving them the chance to be challenged and get excited about something that is more aligned with their skills, can ...

Disgruntled Employees – Ways to Work it Out

By Heather Brown
August 22, 2011

As a manager or a leader, you probably have encountered an employee or team member who dreads getting out of bed in the morning and coming to work.  Although many employees like to do a good job at work and feel that sense of accomplishment, it is inevitable to encounter at least one employee in ...

What to do When You Tire at the Wheel

By Heather Brown
August 19, 2011

We’ve all had that dreadful feeling of exhaustion known as driver fatigue. But how many of us ignore it, putting our lives and those of others at risk? Too many, we fear, as accident statistics show. There’s plenty you can do to avoid fatigue, like skipping big meals, alcohol and certain medications before driving, taking ...

Incident Reporting: Guidelines to Follow

By Heather Brown
August 18, 2011

The organization should have established guidelines to give staff some direction as to which types of events are reportable and the procedures for doing so.  A written policy should also identify those events which would be considered critical events and might require a more extensive follow-up. The following list of reportable events, while not all ...

Use Smart but Inexpensive Public Relations Tactics

By Heather Brown
August 16, 2011

Even if you don’t have a big marketing or public relations budget, you can still raise your organization’s profile and build a strong brand among customers, members, potential members, the news media, and other opinion leaders if you use a few proven—and inexpensive—PR tactics to raise your visibility. Reporters are always looking for compelling stories. ...

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