Thursday, January 30, 2014
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Every year, I take some quiet time to reflect on the year that is coming to a close and the one that is ahead. This has been a good year for me personally and involved some planned change. I decided early in 2013 to slow down my business to have more time for family and retirement enjoyment and I am glad that I did. Of course as soon as the world knows you have a little free time it is filled up quickly and mine did with a couple of major volunteer responsibilities that are still in progress. I did more speaking, spent more time with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson and my son was married and so our family grew with a new daughter-in-law. It was a busy year.
|Cookie Baking Day with my daughter and grandson|
|My son and daughter-in-law on the altar at St. John's at their wedding|
People couldn’t stop talking about this sermon after the service. It was powerful and resonated with our current times and so I decided to share this with you in this season of peace and love.
My thoughts for connecting this to nonprofits and grandparents for 2014….
Sunday, December 01, 2013
First we had Black Friday for serious in the physical store shoppers. Then came Cyber Monday for the new breed of online shoppers. Up next is Shop Small Saturday to encourage shopping at small businesses. But alas, something important was still missing. After all, post Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas there should be some giving – right? And now we have #GivingTuesday. If you work in the nonprofit sector you may have heard of it but don’t know much about it. Well that’s because it is pretty new. Tuesday, December 3rd will be only the second annual #GivingTuesday. So what it is all about?
Mission Statement of #Giving Tuesday
#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.
Simple and straightforward. And a great idea. Started by the United Nations Foundation and the 92d Street Y, #GivingTuesday establishes a specific day to focus on giving and much like Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become huge, #GivingTuesday is off to a great start.
Let’s just take a look at its inaugural year in 2012. There were more than 2,500 recognized #GivingTuesday™ partners from all 50 states. The collective efforts of partners, donors and advocates helped fuel a remarkable increase in charitable giving . There are some clear measurements available to prove it. Blackbaud processed over $10 million in online donations on 11/27/12 – a 53% increase when compared to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving the previous year. DonorPerfect recorded a 46% increase in online donations and the average gift increased 25%.
This year there are over 8300 partners registered to participate. The #givingtuesday website is chockfull of information and ideas of how you can get involved. And you can do a sort by state to see who’s involved in your state. I was so happy to see so many NJ nonprofits – including those who’ve attended my social media workshops – listed as partners.
Update the home page of your website today with a #givingtuesday message and extra link to your donation page. You can download an official logo for free at the #givingtuesday website. If your friends decide to check out your website on Tuesday they will see that you are on board.
Post #givingtuesday messages on facebook and your other social media sites on Tuesday.
Set up a #givingtuesday special page on your website with lost of ideas on how people can participate.
Remind people to take advantage of corporate matching gifts.
It's a good time to highlights other ways people can help on your website - advocacy, food, clothing, volunteering.
There are lots of ideas and resources at the #givingtuesday website. Many require that you have planning for this event. Check out #GivingTuesday activities and start to plan your involvement for next year.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
This is the fifth year I am writing the Wishlist of Books for Nonprofit Folk which has grown and grown since its inception. This year I am soooooo excited to be offering the Terry McAdam Book Award winner and finalist as giveaways as part of the post. Can you believe it – I hardly can! Beth Kanter is offering her Measuring the Networked Nonprofit and Amy Sample Ward is offering Social Change Anytime Anywhere.
JD Lasica was the first response to my request for recommendations saying that this is “The one I always recommend.” Measuring the Networked Nonprofit is this year’s Terry McAdam Book Award winner. The Alliance for Nonprofit Management confers the Terry McAdam Book Award to the most inspirational and useful new book published which makes a substantial contribution to nonprofit management. It is the most prestigious book award that a book for nonprofits can receive. Well deserved by Beth and Allyson, this book should be on the bookshelf of every nonprofit executive.
Heather Carpenter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University recommendations:
Heather is a young PhD already with a wealth of practical, academic and research experience in the nonprofit field. Heather is using these books as texts in her courses this term and this is what she had to say about them: “These books are practical and provide concrete help for successfully running a nonprofit… the research I've done shows that nonprofit managers still need the core financial management and fundraising skills to effectively run their organizations.” Hey, Heather, I completely agree and this is an excellent set of current books which address both basic and more advanced skills for nonprofit leaders.
Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals by Darian Rodriguez Heyman
Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability by Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka and Steve Zimmerman
Fundraising for Social Change by Kim Klein
Budgeting and Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations by Lynne A. Weikart and Greg G. Chen
Amy Sample Ward recommends....
Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money (The Jossey-Bass Nonprofit Guidebook Series)by Kivi Leroux Miller
Another important fundamental for nonprofits is marketing and no one knows more about nonprofit marketing than Kivi Leroux Miller. Amy Sample Ward called this book simply “Great.” And that’s the word from the reviews at Amazon. This is a must have for nonprofit marketing.
Moving onto Board and Governance Issues…..
You and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs edited by Terrie Temkin
The Practitioner's Guide to Governance as Leadership: Building High-Performing Nonprofit Boards by Cathy Trower
Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches (Routledge Contemporary Corporate Governance) edited by Chris Cornforth and William A. Brown
The Nonprofit Mergers Part I: The Leader's Guide to Considering, Negotiating, and Executing a Merger by David La Piana
Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype by Jay Baer
John Haydon recommends it (so you have to read it, right.) John says that Jay Bear “talks about how content marketers shouldn't focus on being awesome, they should focus on being useful. The book covers many examples, mostly for-profit, but the ideas in the book can easily be translated to a nonprofit. Finally, it's a quick read and is organized like a guidebook on the topic.” Sounds to me like it is for the grown-up crowd.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Nell Edgington writes that Susan Cain helps you appreciate that you must understand and tap into your unique skills and abilities (whatever they may be) in order to make real change happen. Nell says “the quiet wisdom of this book – it really makes you think, which introverts often encourage us to do.”
So there you have it – a wide range of books running the gamut on topics from the practical to more research driven works. Whether you are making a wishlist for your own library of thinking of a perfect gift to give, there is probably a gem on this list.
My thanks to all of the thought leading contributors for sharing their recommendations with us and a special thank you to Beth Kanter and Amy Sample Ward for offering their highly acclaimed books as giveways for this annual post.