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Tools & Tips

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.

Using social networks to find and evaluate online information

Written By: Gillian Kerr
September 7, 2005

Online subscription music services are developing approaches that find useful and relevant information through social networks.

Nonproft phishing scams: How to fight back

Written By: Rick Christ
May 9, 2005

What a nonprofit can do to fight phishing, improve confidence for donors in online giving and encourage prosecution of scam artists.

Managing organizational change on the run

Written By: Ron Robinson
December 20, 2004

We all know that the only constant is change. If you've been wondering how to manage change within your organization this article may provide some answers.

Academic search engine may help the voluntary sector

Written By: Gillian Kerr
December 8, 2004

Nonprofits may be able to disseminate their research and reports to a worldwide audience through the new Google Scholar.

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.

Costing business processes

Written By: Gillian Kerr
June 9, 2004

Benchmarking performance against similar organizations or across other sectors.

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