Tools & Tips

The top five most common budgeting mistakes

Written By: Richard MacNeill
February 1, 2011

There are a number of common mistakes made by organizations that can reduce the effectiveness of budgeting, and which may prevent the organization from achieving the maximum benefits.

Measuring what matters: Why monitoring and evaluation is the root of all good

Written By: Alexis Morgan
January 18, 2011

Measuring and evaluating your organization's sustainability initiatives.

Goals to save the world: How to prioritize and set strong, realistic sustainability goals

Written By: Alexis Morgan
December 20, 2010

Increase your organization's sustainability by setting goals.

Developing your green team: How to engage your internal sustainability champions to make a difference

Written By: Alexis Morgan
November 15, 2010

How to engage staff to move your organization along the path towards sustainability.

Fifteen keys to a great meeting

Written By: Jack Shand
September 7, 2010

How to run a successful board meeting.

Fifteen budget tune-up tips

Written By: Bob McMahon
August 23, 2010

This article explains 15 things you can do to tune-up your budget.

Outcome Measurement: Final testing and data analysis

Written By: Eli Bennett
June 21, 2010

This is the last in a series of six articles that discuss outcome measurement. In this month's article, we will use a pilot test to evaluate our outcome measurement system, including data analysis and reporting.

Six tips to keep your team motivated

Written By: Jean Crawford
May 31, 2010

Six inexpensive ways to motivate employees.

Outcome Measurement: Collecting the data

Written By: Eli Bennett
May 17, 2010

This is the fifth in a series of six articles that discuss outcome measurement. This month, we will discuss how to design and pre-test your data collection instruments and methods.

Outcome Measurement: Outcome indicators and influencing factors

Written By: Eli Bennett
April 19, 2010

This is the fourth in a series of six articles that discuss outcome measurement. This month we will learn how to select indicators to measure outcome achievement and identify influencing factors that can affect whether or not that achievement occurs.

Power Tactics: Successful negotiation from a disadvantageous position

Written By: Dr. Evan Hoffman
March 22, 2010

What can realistically be done in these situations where you are negotiating from a less powerful position (which has been termed an asymmetric negotiation)? Well, it turns out that the answer is a lot.

Outcome Measurement: Defining your program

Written By: Eli Bennett
March 15, 2010

This is the third in a series of six articles that discuss outcome measurement. This month we will look at defining outcomes and logic models for the programs you have selected for measurement.

Strategy in challenging economic times

Written By: Jack Shand
March 1, 2010

Five strategic steps every not-for-profit board should undertake if the organization is to continue to deliver on the priority needs and expectations of its stakeholders.

Outcome Measurement: Charting the course

Written By: Eli Bennett
February 15, 2010

This is the second in a series of six articles that discuss outcome measuremen. We will look at the preparation needed to implement outcome measurement in your organization.

Outcome Measurement: An introduction to mission delivery

Written By: Eli Bennett
January 18, 2010

This is the first in a series of six articles that discuss outcome measurement: what it is, how to do it, and most importantly, how it will help your organization.

Leading change

Written By: Kathline Holmes
January 11, 2010

As a business owner, manager, or team leader, your leadership style has a huge impact on how your people react to change. Understanding the effects of change will help you lead your people through the process more effectively.

Developing a crisis management plan for your nonprofit organization

Written By: Paulette Vinette
November 16, 2009

Many not-for-profit organizations have faced crises. High-performing organizations are ready to respond, using their "Crisis Management Plan" (CMP).

Executive coaching: Another tool in the toolbox?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
September 14, 2009

Whereas coaches in the corporate world have been popular for a while now - some even calling them "status symbols" - the same could not be said for the nonprofit sector. Until recently, that is. There are a number of signs indicating a change in attitudes.

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