No rest for weary, but for some, overtime pay (maybe)

Throughout much of late 2015 and into early 2016, the US nonprofit sector was abuzz over the Department of Labor’s updates to federal overtime regulations. Online chatter died down during the heat of the presidential campaign, but attempts to circumvent the new rules continued. A cottage industry of sorts has sprung up as consultants and […]

This summer, vanquish the bully within

With Memorial Day behind for folks in the United States and good-bye to May everywhere, it’s all hands on deck for nonprofits racing toward a June 30 fiscal year-end. Then ah, summer, and with the season, hope of a few days of rest and relaxation or at least a slightly slower pace. In a blog […]

Three keys to donor retention: interest, respect, and trust

For several years now, fundraising consultants and researchers have sounded the alarm about sorry donor retention rates and it seems all the noise has had some effect. Donor attrition has evened out at around 105 donors departing for every 100 new and returning donors added to charitable giving rolls. Hardly the best of news, but […]

The Music Man syndrome and board member (mis)perceptions

I just returned from a board retreat, and once again, I’m in awe of the ability of board members to NOT see their organization as others see it. In fact, it’s the rare board that thinks of the organization as anything less than the bee’s knees. The best of its kind. Top flight. World class. […]