Is uncertainty undermining your volunteer fundraising effort?

By | Major Gifts, The Fundraising Coach, Volunteerism | No Comments

16697171583_7c33584c4b_zOn a recent episode of NPR’s Marketplace, host Kai Ryssdal noted: “business hates uncertainty.”

Huh. You don’t say. You know who else hates uncertainty? Pretty much everyone.

Take, my kids for example. I think it’s a hoot when they ask “what’s for dinner?” and I say “well tonight, it’s SURPRISE dinner.”

As in surprise, there’s no dinner.

I think that’s hysterical. Those guys? Not so much.

Others hate uncertainty too: parents wondering when their teens will get home, teachers waiting for that late assignment, outdoor concert planners wondering what a 30% chance of precipitation might mean.

It means get an event tent, people.

You know who else hates uncertainty? Your fundraising team. Read More

Corporate citizenship and the nonprofit

By | Volunteerism | 2 Comments

Community involvement makes good business sense. Encouraging your employees to be involved in the causes they feel strongly about can strengthen your image as a responsible corporate citizen. Actively supporting employee volunteerism – especially as board and committee leaders – can open up new avenues of professional development and build business contacts. And there are skills in your employee pool that would be very valuable in the nonprofit community – such as those in marketing and sales, technical, legal, finance, graphic design, training, personnel or other professional areas. Read More