​What Good Managers Know

A 2015 Gallup study showed that a shocking 67% of employees were either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work. This is a very concerning statistic as engagement encompasses ideals such as “having the opportunity to do what they do best each day,” being encouraged by a leader, and the belief that opinions matter. And those factors have a direct impact on important measures of success like productivity and profitability. So, how do successful managers encourage engagement?

​A Day Devoted to Retention

A new nationwide philanthropy movement is launching in January.

​Trends That Will Stay in 2017

While change is inevitable, here’s what you can still count on in the new year.

The Growing Impact of Women in Giving

Women are playing an increasing role in philanthropy in the United States and this rise is changing the giving landscape. Are you tuned in to this shift?

Board Storytelling Tips

Board members make decisions to be part of a nonprofit’s leadership because they believe in the organization and want to use their skills to make a difference. But can they communicate this commitment in a way that brings other donors and supporters along on the journey?

Digital Donations Done Right

You run a nonprofit and you’d like to see a substantial increase in online donations. So, what do you do first?

A Very Good Year for Giving

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that total giving reached a record high of $104B in 2015.

​Celebrating National Philanthropy Day

Giving, volunteering and supporting the work of charity is the spirit of philanthropy and it is this spirit that is honored each year on November 15.

​Lessons from the World of Politics

It might be hard to imagine what kinds of lessons the nonprofit world could learn from the political one. Yet, Tarsha Whitaker Calloway from NonProfit Pro identified six specific connections to consider.

The Slippery Slope of Perfection

No one is perfect. No program is perfect. No organization is perfect. And that’s okay. Here are some tips on how to accept – and learn from – mistakes.

What the Best Nonprofits Are Doing Right

Looking for a little inspiration to improve your nonprofit? Fundraising consultant Joan Garry shares what some organizations are doing that really sets them apart.

​The CEO-CDO Partnership

Open communication. Mutual respect. Compatible visions. These are the hallmarks of the most successful partnerships. These are therefore critical goals for those looking to create a mutually advantageous CEO-CDO relationship.

The More Productive Meeting

Have you ever taken the time to calculate how much of your life is spent in meetings? These tips will help maximize the productivity of your team, potentially increasing donor funding.

Fewer Facebook Friends Fuels Fundraising

Many people believe that the more friends they have, the more people who will donate to their charitable cause. However, new research shows that may not be the case, at least with Facebook.

The Payoff for Planning Now

If you’d really like to maximize your return on investment, planning end-of-year fundraising efforts in August can help ensure you don’t leave potential donations on the table.

​Tips to Target Millennials

Millennials now number more than 80 million and are poised to replace Baby Boomers as most-desired donors. But how best to reach this new generation of prospects?

​Doing Digital Right

Most nonprofits recognize the value of the online opportunities offered by websites, email, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. But are they getting the most from these channels?

​An Hour a Day Keeps Stagnation Away

Bill Gates does it. Warren Buffet does it. So does Mark Zuckerberg. What is “it” though? Many people measure their workday by how much they accomplish, but experts say factoring in “slack” time is key to accomplishing your long-term goals.


​Recommended Reads

Time is precious, but so is learning. Tapping into the book lists of smart nonprofit leaders can help you polish your skills, advance your career, and make a larger impact on your very important work.

​Stop Worrying and Start Winning

There are many things to worry about in day-to-day life: presentations, being on time, obligations to others, and even world peace. Chronic worry, though, may impact your ability to get things done.

​The Keys to Unlocking Success

More than 200 highly accomplished people, including billionaires and Olympians, share their secrets for incredible performance, from prioritizing to increasing their energy to get things done.

​The Meaningful Impact of Mentoring

Whether you are at the top of your field or climbing the ladder, it’s likely you have a wealth of information and experience to share with others.

​Noted Columnist Fuels Philanthropy

The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about the underserved, victims, and heroes and his readers respond, with millions of dollars in donations.

Dexter Bailey, Senior Vice President for Advancement, Stony Brook University

Dexter Bailey, Senior Vice President for Advancement, Stony Brook University

From his beginnings in politics to his ascent on the higher education fundraising ladder -- first at Ohio University, then University of Washington, UC Berkeley, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and today at Stony Brook University -- Dexter Bailey has planned for and achieved success at every turn. Here, he shares with LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (Lindauer) some of the beliefs that have inspired him throughout a stellar career.

​Reaching Out on the Inside

Within some organizations there is a nearly tangible divide between development and other internal groups with similar goals. Joining forces may help everyone raise money for the mission.

How Highly Successful People Plan

From what you wear to how to prioritize, here are the somewhat surprising planning methods of some of the most successful people in the world.

​Leading from Within

Surveys of nonprofits have repeatedly shown that succession planning is a major concern. The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor to mission-driven organizations, says the need for development leaders is about to become even more pressing.

​One Donor’s Answers for the “Ask”

The vast majority of “Ask” best practices come from fundraisers. Here are some solicitation techniques from someone experienced in giving, who believes that good, old-fashioned sales training will help improve the fundraising workforce.

​Pop-Ups Give Online Fundraising a Boost

Some people may feel that pop-up boxes disrupt their online experience, but it turns out that they are a very effective method of soliciting donations for your organization.

​How Does “Effective Altruism” Impact Your Nonprofit?

There are thousands upon thousands of “good causes” in the world, and many millions of people who wish to help them, but how does a philanthropist, or even a one-time donor, choose which cause to support -- and can you influence that choice?

​Nonprofits Take the Lead in Hiring

Nonprofits may have a lot of similarities, but they don't have much in common with their for-profit counterparts. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the wake of the 2008 financial downturn.

​Tips to Create More Time

You strive for a good work/life balance, but there are days when you can't do it all. These tips can help you remove some time wasters that might stand in the way of achieving your goals.

​Closing the Communications-Fundraising Gap

Successfully integrating communications and fundraising staffers into a single team can be a real boon for your organization. Even if full integration is an insurmountable obstacle, there are still ways to enhance partnerships and make them more productive.

​Grassroots Giving Gains Momentum

A promising new avenue for fundraising is on an upswing, appealing to individuals and groups who want to be more active in their donations.

Fundraising Goes Mobile

Mobile and digital wallet payments, paired with a new generation of sustainable mobile fundraising applications, are expected to be big in 2016, and positively impact online fundraising in the nonprofit sector.

Philanthropy’s Brave New World

Time changes all things, but according to some experts, philanthropy moved into the fast lane in 2015 and brought about some very significant advances.

Is Social Media Worth Your Time?

Nonprofits often operate with shoestring staffing and it is always appropriate to reassess your efforts and goals. Social media is a valuable channel to reach your audience, but is it providing an adequate ROI?

New Year, New You

If you’re like many fundraisers, in 2016 you pledged to get more done. And, get a better work/life balance. But, where to start?    

Philanthropy’s Buzziest Words

As reported in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, here are some of the most talked about words and phrases that philanthropists used in 2015.

The Scoop on Online Giving

Every month, The Chronicle of Philanthropy looks at the who, what, and where of online giving. The results are intriguing.