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Top 9 Tips for Managing Your Junior Board

Every day BoardAssist is approached by enthusiastic millennials who are eager to be agents of change on a nonprofit board.  Unfortunately many of these terrific candidates are either too young to be considered for a full board seat by our clients, or unable to meet the financial commitment required by our nonprofit clients.  Until recently…

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5 Reasons the Public Is Losing Interest in Your Cause

What can you do when interest in your cause begins to wane? It’s a scary question, and one that many fundraisers and nonprofit marketers will face at some point. Perhaps you’re already familiar with this scenario: Your fundraising results are okay, but the number of individual donors making gifts to your organization is beginning to…


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Women at the Table: Placing Policy into Practice

In our first installment of the Women in the Nonprofit Sector blog series, GuideStar’s VP of Strategy Mizmun Kusairi shared her SOS model for success in Women in Nonprofit Leadership. Last week, Peggy Outon, Executive Director of Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, contributed her story in Women in Nonprofits: Then & Now. Today, we welcome…

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New Study Explores Trends and Challenges Impacting Nonprofit Finance and Accounting Professionals

Because you’re reading this blog, you’ve likely stepped away from your mountain of work for a little brain break. You probably needed the breather. It was on your terms. Your choice. And, you’ll soon return to your work feeling refreshed and focused. But, what about all the – dare we say, “unwelcome” – interruptions you…


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4 Tips for Cultivating Corporate Volunteers

As corporate citizenship continues to grow in popularity, an increasing number of employee volunteer programs (EVPs) are appearing. In an attempt to better understand this volunteer demographic, VolunteerHub recently surveyed a group of nonprofits on the subject. Among the many findings, we found that a majority of nonprofits (70%) report partnering with corporations to gain…

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Five Simple Steps to Better Giving: A #GivingTuesday Must-Read

Happy #GivingTuesday, nonprofits and donors of America! On this global day dedicated to giving back, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This giving season, GuideStar wants to ensure that you give with your head as well as your heart. Follow…


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Build a Better World with GuideStar

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, and nonprofits everywhere will be sharing their story and mission, looking to reach as many donors as possible and find new like-minded people to join their causes. As the largest source of information on nonprofit organizations, and a nonprofit ourselves, Guidestar is committed to helping in these efforts — ensuring that…

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Debunking the 15% Overhead for Good

Can we please stop the management consultants and charity evaluators of the world from poisoning the water with their mantra of 15% overhead? I know they mean well, but constantly harping on this 15% ideal is simplistic and is causing great harm to many wonderful, worthy organizations. Without lots of background information, detailed financials, and…


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Announcing My Next Book: The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit

This graphic illustration was created by Chrissie Bonner, Illustrating Progress during a keynote talk I did at the Alliance for Nonprofit Management Conference on Oct. 7. I am excited to announce that I am working on my next book, tentatively titled “The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.”   I’m honored to be co-authoring…

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Women in Nonprofits: Then & Now

For a 65 year old woman to be asked to write on Women in Nonprofits:  Then & Now seems to assume that I am the Then. The old saw, “you’re as young as you feel” assures me that I remain also the Now! But to be given an assignment to think about my life in the…