Six ways to become a transparent nonprofit leader

Over the last several months, I have taken some time to learn more about workplace culture. In the process, I frequently came across the topic of transparent leadership and how it relates to...

Four tips I learned from attending a conference from another industry

As business owners and leaders, we tend to get in the way and slow progress for our teams and companies.  There are different words and phrases for it – micromanager, storm cloud, roadblock and a...

Seven things leaders can do to run their nonprofit like a business

If you’re an executive director at a nonprofit, I wouldn’t be surprised if you have heard the following declaration from your board: “We need to start thinking about how to run our nonprofit more...

You know you have a good vendor when...

It’s mid-afternoon at work and we are only four days away from launching a major project for a client. All is going well. We’re down to the wire, wrapping up final details, putting the final...

The importance of taking a break

It’s summertime here in Ohio. And after a very long winter, I am happily enjoying the warm weather and longer days. Like many employees at other businesses, our Dot Org Solutions team members are...

Nonprofit board members' responsibilities aren't what they used to be

In the past, nonprofit board members showed up for three or four meetings a year, attended the annual gala, added the info to their resume and that was it. Oh, how times are different! In the...

Big plans, small budget  

Small businesses, start-ups and nonprofits are always balancing big ideas with small budgets. But they must often look at the best way to use their budget. Here are some ways to use a small budget...

Planning in the midst of a chaotic world

I am a planner. I don’t do well operating in chaos or uncertainty. But in my line of work, my days are never the same and I constantly need to be flexible and creative. Therefore, I had to find...