Category: capacity building

Executive Director Transition? Consider an Interim

Executive Director Transition?  Consider an Interim
Is your Executive Director about to retire? Hardly any nonprofit is ready for that, no matter how many discussions you’ve had about succession planning. The impulse is to hire someone—anyone—right away, or to make the second-ranking person the boss. But here’s a better idea: hire an Interim Executive Director. She’ll keep the lights on while... Read more »

A Coop of Nonprofits Shares Front Door and Back Office

A Coop of Nonprofits Shares Front Door and Back Office
This effort in Minnesota brings together a bunch of human-service agencies into a coop of nonprofits which will provide prospective clients with a single entry point–“front door”–to gain access to the services they need while also providing the coop members with shared human-resource, financial management and other back-office functions. Chicago [and other] nonprofits, take note!... Read more »

Volunteers: Use Them More and Better

Volunteers: Use Them More and Better
This article from our colleagues at the Nonprofit Quarterly examines what it takes for a nonprofit to make the most and best use of volunteers.  As it happens, the Nonprofiteer focuses part of her practice on this very question, with particular focus on high-skills volunteers.  Her version of the material in this article: volunteers are... Read more »
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The Nonprofiteer Tips Her Hat To Nonprofits With Balls

The Nonprofiteer Tips Her Hat To Nonprofits With Balls
The Nonprofiteer aspires to be as witty as her colleague at Nonprofits With Balls, but til then she shares his most recent post.

Free consulting for nonprofits

Free consulting for nonprofits
The Executive Service Corps offers free consulting for nonprofits in return for a donation.  The Nonprofiteer passes along this information against her own financial interests! Chicago Rising is a fundraising campaign for Executive Service Corps of Chicago (ESC) to support local nonprofits and public agencies working to alleviate pressing social issues impacting the lives of millions... Read more »

The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work

The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work
The Nonprofiteer tends to assume that nonprofits know about all the funds available to support them, and in particular the funds earmarked for capacity building, e.g. strengthening Boards, creating fundraising plans, figuring out how to use high-skills volunteers.  But there’s a special fund of this type in Chicago, reserved to arts organizations: the Arts Work... Read more »
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Too many volunteers, not enough positions

The nonprofit community rarely has too much of anything.  We live in an economy of scarcity, where you buy a roll of toilet paper instead of a carton because you don’t have carton-sized cash on hand; where requests for raises are met with an incredulous “You didn’t go into the nonprofit world to get rich;”... Read more »

The Myth of Nonprofit Sustainability

The Myth of Nonprofit Sustainability
The myth of nonprofit sustainability dogs every charity in the sector. Not only must we have world-changing ideas and sound plans for how to execute them, we must know how to continue executing them indefinitely—even before we’ve started. So a 21-gun salute to this guy, who has finally said aloud what we’ve all been thinking.... Read more »

If you're as confused about social media as the Nonprofiteer . . .

you may want to investigate Social Media for Nonprofits.  SM4NP describes itself as “the premier conference series devoted to social media for social good.” They’ll be in Chicago on October 29 offering a seminar on social-media fundraising.  Details here.  The group has a scholarship fund for small nonprofits; details on that here.
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Cooperative Extension Services to Nonprofits: We Just Have To Find Them, and Ask

Cooperative Extension Services to Nonprofits: We Just Have To Find Them, and Ask
Once again, thanks to Rick Cohen at the Nonprofit Quarterly for this article highlighting the importance of Cooperative Extension services to nonprofits.  As the article explains, Cooperative Extensions date from the early 20th Century, when the U.S. was still predominantly rural, and were intended to provide assistance mostly to communities with agricultural issues.  But they... Read more »
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    The Nonprofiteer is Kelly Kleiman, principal of NFP Consulting, which provides Board development, strategic planning and fund-raising services to charities and philanthropies. Through her consulting practice and in her guise as The Nonprofiteer, Kelly has spent the past 25-plus years helping small and mid-sized nonprofits organize themselves better and raise more money. These days she focuses especially on helping them use high-skill volunteers. Kelly is also a lawyer and freelance journalist whose reportage and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and other dailies; in magazines including In These Times and Chicago Philanthropy; in the alternative press; on websites including the Huffington Post; and on the radio, including the BBC and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. She and her fellow "Dueling Critic" Jonathan Abarbanel present a weekly podcast of their reviews of Chicago theater at DuelingCritics.net. Earlier in her career she was dean of admissions of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Executive Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and practiced real estate and zoning law with the firm of Rudnick & Wolfe. Kelly holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago. She was a founding Board member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits and also served for 5 years on the Board of the Association for Women Journalists–Chicago. She can be reached ("Dear Nonprofiteer . . .") at KellyNFP@yahoo.com.

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