Tools & Tips

Upgrade your website's usability, enhance your bottom line: 3½ ways a great online user experience can help your organization right now

Written By: Kent Wakely
June 22, 2009

Follow these tips and improve the online experience your constituents have with your organization.

Building a new not-for-profit organization

Written By: Paulette Vinette
February 16, 2009

This is the first in a series of articles to assist people involved in building a new not-for-profit organization. Over the next several months, we will discuss key steps in building a solid organization.

How some associations are coping in challenging economic times

Written By: Paulette Vinette
January 19, 2009

As someone whose life work has been serving the not-for-profit community, I've observed how numerous associations are coping in these challenging economic times. Here are some stories.

Hosting a successful conference: An exhibitor's point of view

Written By: Sharron Batsch
December 8, 2008

How to host a successful conference: tips and tools.

Governance Q&A: Removing board members

Written By: Jane Garthson
December 1, 2008

A look at all the possible consequences when chairs and board members are removed from their positions.

Governance Q&A: Buying carbon offsets for air travel

Written By: Jane Garthson
October 6, 2008

When traveling overseas, what should ethical charities do to reduce their carbon footprint?

Dealing effectively with nonprofit board conflicts

Written By: Vince Hyman
September 3, 2008

How to identify, manage and resolve board disagreements.

How are you doing? Take a quiz - no one has to know

Written By: Paulette Vinette
August 18, 2008

By the time your planned evaluation programs kick in, it is too late to make adjustments if you drifted inadvertently. In this article, we offer an easy quiz to help you assess whether you are on track.

Online Fundraising: Attract donors with search engine optimization

Written By: Alan Sharpe
August 11, 2008

A nonprofit website that appears near the top of search engine results will witness a dramatic increase in traffic compared with competing websites that appear further down in the results.

When board members don't show up at meetings and other dysfunctional behaviours

Written By: Paulette Vinette
June 16, 2008

Strategies for managing and resolving issues with unreliable or dysfunctional board members.

Ten things to keep in mind with difficult board members

Written By: Liam Brown
June 2, 2008

Ten tips for dealing with difficult board members.

Canadian charity legal checklist

Written By: Mark Blumberg
May 20, 2008

This checklist may be of use to those considering joining a board of a charity. As well, it may be useful to staff and the board of charities who are interested in improving their legal compliance and improving their risk management.

How do you deal with a difficult board member?

Written By: Liam Brown
May 5, 2008

Strategies for dealing with difficult board members effectively.

Getting your not-for-profit organization to go green

Written By: Paulette Vinette
April 21, 2008

Not-for-profit organizations are going green. Here are some tips on how not-for-profit organizations can be environmentally friendly.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Essential governance tools

Written By: Paulette Vinette
February 18, 2008

A list of key governance tools that not-for-profit organizations should have.

Using metrics in not-for-profit organization management

Written By: Paulette Vinette
January 21, 2008

Many board members want to see not-for-profit organization metrics in the strategic plan and committee work plans, so this article suggests ways to draft them.

How to avoid repeating mistakes

Written By: Paulette Vinette
December 17, 2007

This article deals with common mistakes not-for-profit organization staff and volunteers make and suggestions on how to avoid making them again.

Handing over the reins: How outsourcing management helps nonprofits achieve

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 19, 2007

Though more common in the for-profit world, outsourcing management is starting to gain a following in the nonprofit sector as organizations focus on pursuing their mission and turn to others to help with activities that support their day-to-day functioning.

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.

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