Dot Org launches “Café” to focus on nonprofit professional development

Normally when I write a blog for Dot Org, I focus on a topic related to leadership and/or the nonprofit sector. But today I’m taking a break from our traditional blog format to talk about several...

Managing social media in a crisis

There is no question that 2020 has been a year we won’t soon forget. And if you are tasked with managing social media in a crisis, or multiple crises as we are seeing this year, it is hard to...

How to stand out and maintain support during the COVID-19 pandemic

In the last few months, the way we raise money and connect with our donors has changed dramatically. Some changes might be for the best and become permanent, while others are simply a way to get...

Fundraising through the pandemic

Normally, Giving Tuesday is held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Due to the unexpected changes caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic, Giving Tuesday Now was created to help nonprofits...

Avoiding the trap of being too productive

Like many businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, we have our team working remotely. We’re trying to stay as productive as possible on work projects, adapting to new environments, checking...

Staying connected while staying apart

As many people transition from working in the office to working from home, effective communication becomes increasingly important. Nonprofits are responsible for communicating with many different...

How shaping our workplace culture has transformed our business

There is so much discussion in business circles about building a strong workplace culture. There are hashtags devoted to #workplaceculture, my Google search on workplace culture provided more than...

Lessons learned from my time as a student-athlete

I’ve been a jock my whole life.  Some of my earliest memories are playing basketball in my driveway and running football plays in the backyard with my older brother. As I got older, I played...

Applying improv to life and work

Featured in photo: Members of Amy's improv class at the Beck Center for the Arts. Several months ago, I was having lunch with one of my peers in the fundraising consulting field. And I told him I...

Writing for audiences in sensitive situations

As you write your appeal letters, grant narrative or marketing copy, you might be thinking about how to properly tell your story and engage your audience without alienating the people or community...