Are you and your Board Chair effectively communicating?

BoardSource has developed a FAQ for Board Chair and Executive Director Communications. Some of the key takeaways are: Agree in advance on frequency and types of communications Try and meet in person once a month. I have found there is nothing like fact to face meetings to build relationships. Have an agenda for each meeting. This is a great discipline …

Congratulations to Class 20 on Their Graduation

Congratulations to our latest graduating class.  Front Row (L to R) Monica Clarke (Operation Snatchback), Irene Wong (AMIS), Melinda Wilson and Keri Duncan (SOAR Ministries).  Back Row (L to R) Ron Green (Operation Snatchback), John and Kim Maniaci  (Walk of Faith House), Christi Gordy (Canopy Life Academy), and Larry Witherspoon (Automotive Training Center) We also appreciate our panel of experts …

Class 20 Prepares for Graduation with Dry Run

Thanks to our panel who provided constructive feedback on our presentations.  From Right to Left are Bill Ginn, Angela Naphin, Bob Negri, Bill Serravezza, Shelli Keagle, and Susan Turpen.  Each of our Class 20 ministries gave a ten minute presentation, then received feedback from the panel on how to make more impact. Our next step is graduation, on May 30, …

Donors Not as Concerned About Overhead as Believed

Grey Matters Research recently reported: “Most American charitable donors feel the typical non-profit organization spends too much on overhead, administration, and fundraising (the “overhead ratio”).  The average donor considers 19% spent on overhead to be a reasonable limit, but believes the typical charity spends 28%. At the same time, donors often have no idea what their favorite charity actually spends …

Board Fundraising Responsibilities

A recurring question is what is the role of the Board in Fundraising for your organization. BoardSource addressed this in a post that suggests adopting a formal fundraising policy.  They also provide a suggested policy that covers duties of board members as individuals and as a board. For the complete BoardSource post, and a downloadable PDF, click here.

Thanks to Our Volunteer Panel

We try and provide ‘customer’ feedback to our leaders in training. Last Friday Liz Head, Elaine Franklin and Bill Serravezza shared their experiences as volunteers.  Particularly interesting was what made them say yes to a volunteer opportunity, and when they said no. Dan Hayes, Executive Director of Orchard, was also on the panel, sharing his extensive experience of recruiting and …

Ministry in Training: Walk of Faith House

Walk of Faith is a twelve to fifteen month in house regeneration program for women struggling with addictions.  We work to establish their identity in Christ, which leads to a road to freedom from addictions.  Walk of Faith is led by Kim Maniaci, the Executive Director, and John her husband.  It was founded in 2015. “We are currently raising funds …

Greg Creech Had Another Great Presentation

Greg Creech brought his usual blend of Technology Humor and Entertainment to share his tips and skills to improve our students’ use of Microsoft Office last Friday, April 6. Thanks again for your service Greg. For more about Greg, check out his website at www.gregcreech.com

A new service at Taproot+

Taproot+ is a good source for online volunteers.  I’ve used them for mail campaign advice and infographic development.  Recently they’ve added this new feature: “We’ve made it even quicker for your organization to access professional resources with our newest feature: Virtual Office Hours. Virtual Office Hours connects nonprofits with skilled professionals for one hour, one-on-one consultative sessions to brainstorm, troubleshoot, …

Top Five Twitter Tips for Nonprofits

MobileCause is offering a free infographic on top tips for Twitter. Their guidance includes that 80% of your tweets should be shared or retweeted from other sources, 20% should be information about your organization. Interestingly, Wednesday is the best day to post, and 12 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm are the best times of day. Their top …