Service Sector Snapshot: News and Tips for Nonprofits (August 2014)
Posted Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff
Nonprofit leaders and managers are constantly looking to the future – planning new strategies for fundraising, working on grant proposals, or building leadership amongst staff. It’s always a good idea to look ahead to the next quarter or even the next year. In this post, the latest in our monthly Service Sector Snapshot series, we’ve gathered helpful articles and information to plan for your organization’s success in the coming months.
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Tips and Tools for Nonprofit Managers
Get Your Proposal Heard
You’ve heard the age-old saying: “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” This is often the case when it comes to philanthropy. It can be difficult for nonprofit organizations who are not affiliated with foundations or programs to be considered for grants. If you plan on sending an unsolicited grant proposal or letter of interest, this article from Nonprofit Quarterly offers helpful advice on getting your case heard.
Plan Year-End Fundraising Now
Many organizations and causes plan fundraising efforts for the end of the year. Now is the perfect time to make decisions and plan your strategy for these campaigns. It’s never too early to determine start and end dates, what resources you can devote to your campaign, and if there will be a match made for what donors contribute. This post gives examples of other decisions you can make now to help facilitate your fundraising efforts later.
Necessary Leadership Skills
People from different backgrounds and with diverse skill sets often have differing methods of leadership. Generational differences also play a part in leadership styles. But what skills do emerging nonprofit managers and leaders need to be successful in the service sector? This article from Beth Kanter tells which skills are important for nonprofit leaders. It also describes how organizations can help shape and support millennials to help them lead effectively.
News in the Service Sector
- Too Many Charities Chasing The Same Pool Of Private Capital
- Shocking Report Says Nonprofits Owe $875 Million In Taxes To IRS
- Dallas-area nonprofits turn to crowdfunding to drive donations
- How to Spot Financial Fraud in a Non-Profit: 2 Warning Signs
- Background checks now required for Forest Grove school volunteers
- Study: Millennials More Generous With Donor-Advised Funds
Making a Difference
Social media has been used increasingly as a tool for raising awareness, but with the success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it’s proven to be an effective fundraising platform as well. This grassroots campaign began in late July as a way to benefit the ALS Association and raise awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The campaign quickly went viral as many celebrities, politicians and activists joined thousands of others who drenched themselves and donated in support of the campaign. The result: over $22 million raised and an exponential increase in awareness of the disease. The challenge could change the way many causes and organizations look at fundraising strategies.
Tom Klein founded Sterling Volunteers and leads its mission to propel service organizations and nonprofits by empowering volunteers. Connect with Tom on LinkedIn or Google+.