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Why you can’t afford to wait: The benefits of interim staffing by Kim Glenn

Your organization is planning a 30th anniversary gala, and hundreds of donors, board members, and honored guests will be invited to attend. It's a flagship moment in your history, an incredible opportunity to highlight your mission, boost sponsorships, and engage new donors. The event is only three months away when your development director suddenly gives you a two-week notice. Kim Glenn, Senior Associate at moss+ross Or worse still, your organization hasn't had a development director for more than a year. The position has been allowed to remain vacant to "save" money. The strategy worked at first, but a year later, your budget is shrinking as grant deadlines are missed, annual appeals go out late or not at all, and donors are overlooked. Whether you are a small, medium or even large non-profit, you most likely don't have the [...]

2020-02-21T19:30:34-05:00August 20th, 2015|All Posts, Staffing|

Show your board some love

At this year’s AFP Philanthropy Forecast, held January 26, Mary Moss led a roundtable where participants discussed the importance of strong board leadership. As part of the conversation, Mary asked participants what was on their minds. The issue most cited was that board members did not have a full understanding of their roles and responsibilities, and therefore had unclear expectations for the staff, and vice versa. Suggestions to address this issue include the following: Present a written and up-to-date job description to each potential board member before joining the board so expectations are clear from the beginning; Plan a board orientation in the first months of a new board member’s tenure that involves staff and key board members; Ask the board chair to have one-on-one meetings annually with all board members as a way to check in to see what [...]

Top 3 for 2015

When you set your New Year's resolutions, be sure to set some aspirational goals for your organization, as well.  Mary and Susan have three suggestions that you and your Board can discuss early in 2015 to be sure it is a stellar year. Define your value proposition - What is it that makes you special, and why should anyone care enough to support you?  A short, simple, and memorable answer to this question is critical.  Think about what you could say in an impactful 140 character tweet, not an elevator speech. Build a cadre of messengers - Are enough people talking about you?  Your good news needs to be spread by more people than the Executive Director and the Director of Development.  Help your Board and donors know how to help by sharing real life stories with them along the [...]

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