Of course Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are important. But, when push comes to shove, KPIs are only really useful if you identify the right ones for your cause. They will only deliver mission-critical data if you use the KPIs and analyse what they tell you on a regular basis to inform your decision making. In […]Read More How to Develop Effective KPIs
What is the best way to drive innovative work inside organizations? Important clues hide in the stories of world-renowned creators. It turns out that ordinary scientists, marketers, programmers, and other unsung knowledge workers, whose jobs require creative productivity every day, have more in common with famous innovators than most managers realize. The workday events that […]Read More The Power of Small Wins
According to research from Connected Commons, most managers now spend 85% or more of their work time on e-mail, in meetings, and on the phone, and the demand for such activities has jumped by 50% over the past decade. Companies benefit, of course: Faster innovation and more-seamless client service are two by-products of greater collaboration. […]Read More How to Collaborate Without Burning Out
The CASE-Ross report, released by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), shows new philanthropic funds secured by UK and Irish highereducation institutions was £1.09 billion during the 2019-2020 reporting year. The new funds secured from philanthropic sources has remained higher than £1 billion for the third year running though average new funds […]Read More CASE-Ross Support of Education Survey 2021
Emily Taylor writes about listening – how to do it, why it’s important, and what we can learn from it. For-profits have been listening to their customers for years – tailoring experiences and clearly communicating their offerings in ways that make it easy to understand (think of a Starbucks menu or a Uber Eats delivery […]Read More Human-centered design, design thinking
Nonprofits operate in an increasingly volatile world — and a rapidly evolving digital landscape. This was true before the pandemic and even more so now. According to a 2020 nonprofit trends report, the demand for more nonprofit programs and services is rising. So what can non-profits do now to be successful? Vala Afshar looks for […]Read More Nonprofits are the engines of change
“Poverty porn” refers to the use of pictures, video, the written word, and other forms of communication to present participant stories through a victimizing lens. These elicit feelings of pity and motivate donors to give. These media show helpless, passive victims just waiting for someone to rescue them. While dehumanizing language may bring in funding, […]Read More “Othering” Language akin to Poverty Porn: Is Your Nonprofit Guilty?
One of the most troubling facts about our industry is that the average time Development Directors stay in their roles is only 18 months! On average, a major gift takes two years to move from identification and qualification to solicitation and closure. Major Gift Officers generally require three years of activity before an optimal return […]Read More A pinch of fairy dust and a touch of realism!
Judy Park, Kavya Shankar and a group of Stanford MBA students interviewed millennial donors from the Silicon Valley startup world and these conservations showed a pattern of overreliance on certain for-profit principles in the nonprofit realm, despite potential flaws. One young tech executive in San Francisco said she wanted to maximize return on investment. The […]Read More Five For-Profit Practices That Philanthropy Should Avoid
In this article, Richard Branson sits down and chats to Adam Grant, author of the book Originals. Originals is all about how we can become more successful in championing our best ideas. While a great idea is a great start, Adam says it’s what you do next that really counts. How can we all recognise […]Read More How to come up with more brilliant ideas