Tools & Tips

Is an alliance, coalition or partnership the right strategy for your problem?

Written By: Joan Roberts
November 29, 2004

An exploration of the trans-organizational system and how it relates to creating successful partnerships and collaborations.

Running more effective meetings

Written By: Ron Robinson
November 22, 2004

An article on how to run meetings more effectively, including benefits of and problems with meetings.

Data reporting for funders

Written By: Gillian Kerr and Lori Criss Powers
April 7, 2004

How to collect data, report back to funders in a meaningful way, and process improvement.

The fallacy of financial ratios - part 2

Written By: Tony Poderis
October 27, 2003

Five actions an organization should take in regard to evaluation and how to collect data.

Avoiding groupthink and strategic blind spots

Written By: Ron Robinson
March 3, 2003

How to avoid groupthink in decision making.

Best practices in strategic planning

Written By: Ron Robinson
February 3, 2003

Best practices for an organizations strategic plan.

Translating vision into action

Written By: Ron Robinson
January 6, 2003

Three steps to translate your organizational vision into action.

Team-building exercises

Written By: Monika Penner
April 15, 2002

A list of team building exercises for use with staff or volunteers.

Seven sins of strategic planning

Written By: Ron Robinson
March 4, 2002

Seven mistakes that, if avoided, can dramatically improve your potential for a successful strategic planning process.

The program logic model: What, why and how?

Written By: Sharon Kirkpatrick
December 31, 2001

How to use a program logic model to help an organization achieve goals.

Making your site more user-friendly

Written By: Ellen Agger
September 17, 2001

It’s critical that websites give visitors want they want and need. So start thinking like your visitors!

Working with virtual teams and telecommuters

Written By: Gillian Kerr
May 9, 2001

How nonprofits can benefit from virtual teams and telecommuting in several ways.

Checking out charities

Written By: Canadian FundRaiser
July 14, 1998

How to determine the legitimacy of a nonprofit organization.

Trademarks and the voluntary sector in Canada: The 5 Ws

Written By: Kristin Duare McKinnon
October 29, 1997

An important way to protect our symbols -- and the identities that they represent -- is by applying for a trademark.

Model fundraising code helps organizations stay legal and accountable

Written By: Canadian FundRaiser
July 16, 1997

Draft model code for fundraising accountability.

Is this any way to run a meeting?

Written By: Brian Lechem
January 15, 1997

How to fix common problems that prevent smooth running meetings.

A methodology for conflict resolution

Written By: Canadian FundRaiser
May 1, 1996

Successful fundraising is always a team effort, and according to Del Staecker, who presented a session at the recent NSFRE International Conference, there are a number of common team characteristics, including the ability to manage conflict.

Be very careful when selecting a consultant

Written By: Canadian FundRaiser
February 12, 1996

How to select a consultant for your nonprofit organization.

Making committees work

Written By: Kristin Duare McKinnon
December 12, 1995

The way committees are run is often the problem. This article addresses the "dos and don'ts" of successfully running a committee.

Nothing succeeds like careful, realistic planning

Written By: Canadian FundRaiser
August 22, 1994

Seven components of successful meeting planning.

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