A Three Step Guide for New Nonprofit Leaders in a Competitive Environment
You’ve just overcome the competition and were offered the leadership position at your nonprofit organization of choice. But, if you believe that you’ll walk in to find a smooth running development operation, a culture of stewardship, a pristine database and technology system, absolute financial transparency and a Board that is fully engaged in the philanthropic process — you should re-think that assessment. Continue reading
Making the most of donor management software can have a huge impact on the effectiveness of a fundraising program. Outdated methods, like using old software or tracking donations manually through spreadsheets, lack powerful tools like automation and in-depth reporting that can improve an institution’s efficiency and strategy.
If you look for them, you will find numerous reasons why your campaign cannot possibly work. There may be valid reasons to delay the start of your campaign, but the following are not among them! Continue reading
With the year coming to a close, many of us are getting ready to travel, to celebrate the holidays with family and treat ourselves to a well-deserved vacation. But what seems like a nice break often takes a great deal of preparation. When we make our travel arrangements well enough in advance, we can get better deals on flights and hotels. We plan activities so that we know what we’re doing once we get to our destination. Some good planning ahead of time makes our trip relaxing and fun, rather than an anxiety-inducing scramble.
This year it is impossible to ignore – Giving Tuesday has become a real organizing and motivating force for non-profits and their donors to focus on the joys and impacts of giving. In Illinois, as in so many other states, organizations like the Donors Forum are putting their messaging muscle and fundraising tools to the service of their local non-profits. Continue reading
Do you and your organizations CELEBRATE your donors?
I’m not referring to acknowledgment, recognition or stewardship, but actually celebrating their role in advancing the mission of your organization. Oftentimes nonprofit organizations get mired in the processes and procedures related to gift acknowledgement and recognition systems. Those are important elements of a successful development operation and should not be taken lightly. But by celebrating the gifts bestowed upon our organizations from our varied donor constituencies, we develop stronger, sometimes lifelong, relationships. Continue reading
For all of us who work at TW&B, spending time on a client’s turf is essential. On site visits, personal meetings, and any other form of direct interaction with the real-life places in which our clients operate is critical for us. This interaction is key for us to shape a case for support, discover fundraising challenges and opportunities, and to develop a plan to advance each organization’s mission. In the case of TW&B client, Cofan Survival Fund (CSF), the “turf” is 1 million acres of the Amazon tropical rainforest in Ecuador, for which the indigenous Cofan Tribe has legal management authority and in some cases, legal title.
Talent acquisition for any organization is a monumental undertaking. In the non-profit sector it is especially challenging. That’s why organizations reach out to TW&B to assist them in finding accomplished professionals to meet their staffing needs. Given our experience both as chief development officers and consultants, we know how to recruit proven leadership.
Our goal in all of our searches is to identify the best candidates matching both experience and personality to the needs of the organizations we serve. Whether it is conducting a search for a chief executive officer or a chief development officer, TW&B’s extensive regional and national network of organizations, institutions, and professional affiliations, gives our clients access to top-notch candidates.
Our process includes interviews with key senior management and board leadership to determine the type of candidate being sought. We prepare a position description to aid in our efforts to seek potential candidates from our network of nonprofit contacts. After conducting extensive screening and interviews, we present our clients with excellent candidates which meet their requirements.
To learn more about our Executive Search services, please contact Heidi Waltner-Pepper at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312.222.0560.
Regardless of your institution’s reliance on strategic planning as a regular part of institutional governance and management, your case for support will be far stronger if it is based on a recent and thorough review of direction and priorities.
Additionally, many institutions have a difficult time getting their board members to focus on the need for a campaign, and their respective roles in making it a success. Often, this is because the board is put in a reactive position to the institutional objectives presented rather than having a sense of ownership, as their fundamental role requires. Continue reading
Aside from their responsibilities for self-perpetuation, and the selection and oversight of administrative leadership, the two fundamental responsibilities of a not-for-profit governing board are to assure that their institution makes continued progress in the furtherance of its mission, and to guarantee the availability of the financial resources necessary to do so. Both of these latter charges come into sharp focus in relation to capital campaigns. Continue reading