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...

A year-end appeal checklist

No, it is not too early to think about your year-end appeal. As a matter of fact, it might be a little late. But, if you haven’t started planning – don’t freak out! The following checklist will...

Four ways to make your organization’s newsletters stand out

Take a minute to look in your email inbox. There are probably a few emails from coworkers, maybe some from friends and family. I’d guess, however, that most of your inbox is filled with product...

Now is the time to start your individual giving program

Facts and statistics found at Giving USA There are nearly 87,000 grant-making foundations in the U.S. and they give more than $60 billion every year. While these numbers sound amazing and explain...

Annual fund planning in January - WHAT?!

You rushed around in November to get an annual fund appeal out the door. I’m guessing that the last thing you want to think about right now is your next annual fund appeal. I mean, you’ve got...

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...