Diversity is what builds healthy ecosystems. In the same way, resource diversity can build a healthy board that can make your organization thrive. A board full of check writers no longer works. But a board full of volunteers who give time, but no money—that won’t work either. Your board’s resources need to be diverse and balanced.
Since 2008, nonprofits have seen an inevitable change that’s restructuring boards across North America: The traditional big-check writers on the board aren’t writing the big checks anymore. This presents executive directors with a prime opportunity to help reshape their board into one that's better suited to this millennium.
So why is it that nonprofits have such a tough time understanding young professionals? Elders have always had trouble understanding youth, but the Millennial Generation seems to really stymie organizations. Some of the conundrums: We're told that this generation is the most passionate ever, yet they don't seem serious about helping your organization. They're connected to every social media platform available, but won't return a phone call. Stats say they're big givers, but not to your organization.
If you believe what you hear, nonprofit boards are the mortal enemies of executive directors. It's evidenced in board bashing, which seems to be the pastime of many nonprofit staffs. And how often have you heard a fellow staffer tell you exactly how they'd build the perfect board for your organization? We called in our team of specialists: Ed Lord, Mike Malekoff, Geraldine Carter and Amy Fecker for advice. As a group, they've seen the board dispute from both sides: All have had to deal with a board in their management roles at nonprofits and three are currently (or have served key roles) on boards. Their unique perspective will help you to clearly see the path to building a better board at your organization, a board that will work with you and will be motivated toward doing what's really best for your organization.
Mobile has become a huge issue for nonprofits. Having been much slower to adapt to mobile than the commercial world, many organizations have failed to address the mobile issue or assumed that their software providers were handling it. But falling revenues, both online and off are showing the sad truth for many organizations that are not mobile ready. We’re at the point that more than half of web traffic, search traffic and ecommerce is through mobile devices. For online donations, the more alarming statistic is that the bounce rate for mobile users on mobile-unfriendly pages is almost...
Back in December 2014, Brecka Putnam (who runs Ultimate Hike and is the Manager of Signature Events for CureSearch) wrote an essay that landed her the DonorDrive Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum scholarship. Her award was a trip to the P2P Professional Forum Conference in February in Orlando. This is the most attended Peer-to-peer fundraising conference in North America, packed with learning and networking opportunities specifically within the peer-to-peer space. This year we decided to dig deep to find out exactly what impact our scholarship can have on an organization, so we followed Brecka throughout the conference.
Jeromy Adams found himself in a unique predicament with his wildly successful Extra Life Event: only a select few knew about it. For a few years the 24-hour marathon of video gaming for good had flown under the radar of the popular media while raising millions for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event was legendary in the gaming community, but no national media outlet had ever mentioned it. “I kind of wanted to keep it a secret because it didn’t seem like many were noticing what we were doing. We were kind of getting a head start in this space.”
Last year Ed Lord wrote a great article on the right way to onboard staff. This caught the attention of the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum and at the P2P15 conference Ed was asked to speak on the topic. We recorded Ed's presentation to share with you. If you're having trouble retaining staff (and who isn't), Ed presents a simple-to-follow plan that will help you train them to be more productive with a passion for your mission and a long term commitment to your organization.
It's true that your volunteers give so much of themselves that you hate to ask them for another thing. But what might not be obvious is that they might love to get more involved and fundraise for your events. Though they may not be running or walking, they can certainly fundraise for the event they're helping with. Here are some ways you can improve volunteer involvement and encourage them to fundraise:
The world of fundraising is pivoting. What’s happening is that we’re moving to the next horizon, which is self-directed fundraising. Where we’re headed is fundraising that’s directed by your donors, not directed by your organization. Organizations that think that the way they’ve raised money through their long-established signature events will continue—are mistaken. Many walks and runs are now 30-year-old products that haven’t been innovated for the times. There’s fatigue, since many of those participating in these events are less likely to continue as they get older and the events are dated ideas that are just not appealing or relevant to younger people. I’m not saying that tomorrow we’ll shut off the signature-event faucet. But what we’ve seen is a continuous decline in the revenues they’re raising and the efforts to revive many of these events just haven’t worked.