*Check out the full presentation here. Watch our own Eric Fraint present at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where one of those Watchdogs showed up during his presentation. So-called “charity watchdogs” are rating nonprofit organizations and making these ratings public. They are rating you now, or will be soon, and your donors
Ever since the CEOs of the nation’s three largest charity watchdog agencies published a historic letter in June, 2013, encouraging donors to look beyond convenient economic metrics to find a nonprofit’s true impact, there has been a simmering national conversation about how donors should view a charitable organization’s overall performance and effectiveness. Eric Fraint, President
To Bill Clark, putting a man on the moon and bringing him back safely was relatively simple – a “tame” problem in the parlance of strategic organizational dynamics. Clark prefers to work in a critical area of what are called “wicked” problems – ending hunger. As an avowed “hunger missionary” wandering in what the USDA
When economic times are hard, government leaders frequently see “discretionary” funding for arts and cultural organizations as one of the first line items to be cut from municipal, county and state budgets. In a number of cities across the U.S., however, leaders of these nonprofits have found an effective way to counter budgetary cutbacks by
When most people hear the word “entrepreneur,” they naturally think of an enterprising businessperson in the for-profit sector who, through risk and initiative, started a small business and ramped it up into a successful, money-making commercial enterprise. But today’s entrepreneur is as likely to be working in the nonprofit sector as well, applying the same
FOUNDATION LEADERS DESCRIBE ELEMENTS OF GOOD GRANT PROPOSALS Your Part-Time Controller convened a panel of foundation executives during a recent staff training to speak to its staff about important issues affecting its clients. Many of Your Part-Time Controller’s nonprofit clients depend upon foundations for their general operations and/or specific projects. In order to better help
TIPS FOR SURVIVING THE GREAT RECESSION — FROM THE CFOS AT THE FRONT LINES Be strategic and focus exclusively on your core mission. If you have to lay off staff, do it all at once and only once. Be more creative. Undertake more marketing to build new relationships with key constituents. Consider merging with another nonprofit.