Tools & Tips

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Tips for chairing meetings

Written By: Paulette Vinette
August 20, 2007

Congratulations. You have been elected or appointed to chair meetings. Here are some tips on how to do a great job.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: The old SWOT analysis still works very well...when used to advantage

Written By: Paulette Vinette
July 23, 2007

An example of a SWOT flipchart and how to use SWOT planning and analysis.

Online collaboration tools for nonprofit board members

Written By: Soha El-Borno
July 9, 2007

How to use Google documents for board collaboration.

Building quality into the project

Written By: Blair Witzel
July 3, 2007

The first step in ensuring a quality project is knowing exactly what you are to deliver. You need to clearly define and communicate the project scope with all project stakeholders. What are you going to create?

Meetings: A necessary evil

Written By: Peter Wright
June 25, 2007

Key guidelines to improve your next meeting.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Conducting a legal audit

Written By: Paulette Vinette
June 11, 2007

As part of their risk management strategy, many high performance not-for-profit organizations have outside legal council conduct a legal audit every three to four years. A legal audit is a review of key legal documents.

Delivering a project in stages

Written By: Blair Witzel
March 12, 2007

There are various approaches or models for the project lifecycle. This article focuses on the Staged Delivery Model and addresses some of its disadvantages.

How to think like a CEO in a not-for-profit setting

Written By: Paulette Vinette
March 5, 2007

A different approach to helping volunteers and staff perform effectively is to help them learn how to "think like a CEO". This article offers some tips on how volunteers and staff can think like a CEO when they are participating on committees, boards, councils and the like.

Evaluating your not-for-profit organization

Written By: Paulette Vinette
November 20, 2006

Not-for-profit organizations are increasingly investing time and resources in planning. Equally important is the task of evaluating the work and progress of the organization, especially as it relates to delivering such plans.

First aid for projects

Written By: Blair Witzel
November 6, 2006

This article looks briefly at projects in crisis and provides you with some key first aid steps to follow when trying to resuscitate them.

Board assessment? Why bother?

Written By: Mel Gill
October 30, 2006

An article describing the benefits of performance assessment for a board.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Succession planning in the not-for-profit world

Written By: Paulette Vinette
September 18, 2006

What would happen to your organization if the CEO or senior fundraiser were incapacitated and not able to serve for several months or forever? As part of your planning process you need to plan to replace key people if required to do so. It is called succession planning.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Using templates

Written By: Paulette Vinette
August 21, 2006

As we build our inventory of tools for leaders of nonprofit organizations, we devote this month’s article to templates. A template is document or file having a preset format, used as a starting point for a particular application so that the format does not have to be recreated each time it is used.

Donor day care: Finding the right outsourcing provider

Written By: David Larkins
June 19, 2006

There are thousands of outsourcing providers available, but identifying one that can meet the unique requirements and high standards of nonprofit organizations can be challenging.

Nine fantastically frugal ways to manage nonprofit admin costs

Written By: Abigail Brown
June 5, 2006

No business, nonprofit or otherwise, can do its work without incurring some administrative and other operational costs along the way. Administrative and operational costs are one area where dollar-stretching and saving is most important and very achievable.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Policies and procedures

Written By: Paulette Vinette
May 15, 2006

This is the third in a series of articles offering tools to not-for-profit leaders. Policies and procedures set out the rules for both volunteers and paid staff, consultants, and other outsourced individuals.

Vendor management: Tips from an Insider

Written By: Blair Witzel
January 3, 2006

The current article will provide you with some tips to deal with vendors to help make your experience a positive one. It will focus on vendors providing services rather than products.

In the beginning: Things to consider before starting your nonprofit venture

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
December 19, 2005

How could a venture seemingly destined for success fall so hard and so fast? Could the failure have been averted? And how can those looking to start their own nonprofit avoid a similar fate?

Risk management: Exercising your due diligence

Written By: Paulette Vinette
October 24, 2005

In this final article about risk management, we offer suggestions on preventing regulatory risks and offer you a crisis management plan template.

Hell hath no fury like a micromanaged workforce

Written By: Julie Ireland
October 17, 2005

A guide to stop micromanaging at the workplace.

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