The Great Balancing Act: Public Offical or Social Innovator

For years we have been witnessing charitable institutions hiring business executives in order to increase fundraising or professionalize the organization.  I remember the big news when the President of Columbia University, George Rupp, accepted the presidency of the International Relief Committee in 2002.  Some of us alumni were bewildered by the move — leaving the private sector for the public sector, unheard of!?!?  However, what seemed like an isolated incident then, was actually indicative of many nonprofit organizations.

But is the reverse true?  Are the corporate and public sectors luring away nonprofit executives in the hope of improving their social standing and/or activities? Continue reading

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Weekly Must-Read Links: December 27

A list of my favorite articles that I posted to Twitter from December 20 – December 26, 2009.  Organized by category: Nonprofit Governance & Strategy; Internet, Social Media, Fundraising & Donor Relations; Israel/Jewish Nonprofit Community; and Potpourri. Continue reading

Weekly Must-Read Links: December 20

A list of my favorite articles that I posted to Twitter from December 13 – December 19, 2009.  Organized by category: Nonprofit Governance; Social Media, Fundraising & Donor Relations; Israel Nonprofit Community; and Potpourri. Continue reading

The Five Fingers of Fundraising Strategy

The holiday season of November & December has nonprofits both excited and nervous at the same time. Gaily Perry writes that:

For many nonprofits, one out of every two gifts comes in the last three months of the year…Online Giving is even more important at year-end. About 40 percent of online gifts are made in December. And 40-60 percent of those gifts are made the last two days of the year.

So naturally, everyone is rushing to find the best fundraising medium that will net their organization the most donations possible.  But charities need to take a step back because, believe it or not, proper fundraising encompasses more than just “direct mail vs. email solicitations” and even “Facebook vs. Twitter.” Continue reading