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The Systematic Starvation of Those Who Do Good

Despite the importance of human services and other nonprofits to employees and those they serve, many nonprofit workers do not earn a living wage. We can do better.

Last Day to Register for Epic Donor Communications Class

This is a reminder that today (Friday, February 24th) is the last day to register for our new class Epic Donor Communications: How to Inspire and Engage Your Donors.  Registration closes at 7 PM tonight. During this 6 week class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to raise more money through better donor communications, including: How to create […]

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Ready to cap off the week with these Mixed Links? Marlene Oliveira lays out a 7-step copywriting formula for how to write a nonprofit About page. Sandy Rees shares 50 Big Fundraising Lessons from #BloomCon for John Haydon’s blog. Voting continues for the 11th Annual DoGooder Video Awards. Here’s a checklist for blogging fast and furiously. […]

The biggest fundraising failure I've ever seen -- and what you can learn from it

Let me tell you about the most spectacular direct mail fundraising failure I've ever been associated with. I think you'll enjoy it (because schadenfreude), but you'll also learn a thing or two. I'll try to tell it in a way that will disguise the identity of various guilty and innocent parties... Show More Summary

Our Job Is to Piss You Off

And get you thinking. Apparently we’re succeeding, judging from the thoughtful comment by Tom Ahern in response to my post on feedback. Tom takes umbrage with my snarky and no doubt intemperate comments on what I described as somewhat superficial approaches to ‘donor centricity’, whatever that is. First, let me apologize for any language that came […]

5 Strategies for Using Social Media for Media Relations

During my days as a newspaper reporter and editor, I was always on the lookout for story ideas. More often than not, these ideas didn’t come through news releases or pitches. They came through something I observed. Through a conversation with a neighbor. Or through something I overheard in the checkout line at the grocery store. […]

Book Review: Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership

I’m a huge fan of Joan Garry’s blog and podcast.    I consider the “Dear Abby” of the nonprofit world, dispensing practical and brilliant advice to nonprofits with her wonderful sense of humor.   Joan has been an executive director, board member, donor, and volunteer – so she brings to her consulting and educator practice so much perspective and wisdom.  … Read More

A Simple Tip for A Good Night’s Sleep: Use An Alarm Clock

During our book tour for the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout,  we routinely got asked the question, what one self-care habit should we focus on to get started?    We respond with:  Get enough sleep.    ...Show More Summary

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs By Lindsay Austin Louie “How much promise do the following practices hold for increasing foundations’ impact in the coming decades?” The twenty-four potential answers providedShow More Summary

One Simple Tip To Shift Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture from Outrage to Well Being

We’ve just finished two weeks on the road of book events for my new book,  Happy Healthy Nonprofit, co-authored with Aliza Sherman.   During many of the Q/A sessions, we heard from many nonprofit professionals who were feeling impact of a perpetual cycle of outrage.  … Read More

Do You Really? ?Need a Nonprofit Mentor?

Do You Really Need a Nonprofit Mentor? Guest Post by John Haydon The nonprofit sector is a strong and vibrant community full of people willing to help each other out. And now more than ever, it’s important to come together and work as allies and mentors.… Read More

5 Self-Care Hacks that Nonprofit Professionals Can Use in a Crisis

Flickr Photo by Evil Erin Note from Beth:   This week and next week, Aliza Sherman and I will be visiting a few cities on the West and East Coasts, as part of our Happy Healthy Nonprofit book tour.   Please come join us at one of our upcoming events.    … Read More

Why Self-Interested Volunteers are the Best for Nonprofits

Note from Beth:   The Mobilization Lab at Greenpeace recently commissioned and released this report, Beyond the First Click: How Today’s Volunteers Build the Power of Movements and NGOS.   Beyond the First Click examines innovative volunteer engagement work by 35 organisations empowering people to scale change and win by learning and doing more.   … Read More

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Book Tour: You Are Invited To Join Us

Aliza Sherman and I never dreamed that our book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, would be such a needed resource in the nonprofit field when we started writing it last year.  Working in the nonprofit...Show More Summary

Trainer’s Tip: Your Room Set Up Can Make or Break the Learning Experience

Yesterday, I spent a day facilitating leadership workshops for arts leaders attending the Art House  Convergence Conference near Park City, Utah. on personal and organizational resilience based on the ideas in my new book, The HappyShow More Summary

A Few More Tips for Nonprofit Professionals To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed

Flickr Photo by Real Blades, Creative Common License This year, I was really looking forward to taking a holiday break and not feel stressed about deadlines, tasks, or the never ending parade of meeting requests and emails.   I’m overwhelmed getting back into the daily grind, how about you?… Read More

One Simple Tip To Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job

Sarah Cooper – 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings I’ve been enjoying The Cooper Review, the satirical blog of Sarah Cooper that features weekly original articles, videos and cartoons on workplace humor.   I happened to catch theShow More Summary

What Does Resiliency Really Mean for Nonprofit Leaders and Their Organizations?

Flickr Photo by J Ronald Lee I declared that resilience was one of my themes for the new year.    And, in writing a guest post about it over at the Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effective Blog, I shared the story of the boiling frog.    … Read More

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits That Can Boost Professional Success

I would like to wish all my readers, colleagues, and friends a happy new year!   I had a fantastic break, including a family vacation in Hawaii, walking, hiking, quiet, and reflection.  How about you? But before jumping into the daily...Show More Summary

The Happy Healthy Data Nerd: Using Your Personal Health Data to Support Your Wellbeing

I just published this piece guest blog post over at MarketsforGood about how nonprofit data nerds can use data to set some new goals for 2017 to become healthier – Enjoy The passion that many nonprofit data nerds feel for our work is a double-edged sword.… Read More

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