The Nonprofit Development Companion – Development and Fundraising are NOT Interchangeable [Book Review]

Nonprofit Development Companion

The Nonprofit Development Companion: A Workbook for Fundraising Success (The AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series) has a wealth of information which I have recently found helpful in crafting a fundraising plan in light of the all encompassing development plan. This is because this book clearly delineates the differences between “development” and “fundraising.” While attending a recent […]

An Executive’s Guide to Fundraising Operations – not exclusively for executives [Book Review]

Executive Guide to Fundraising Operations

This book isn’t just another “how-to,” but includes perspectives from the field in the chapter titled “Decision Advice from the Field.” These contributions from practitioners in the field help bring additional context to the terms, concepts, and examples showcased elsewhere in the text.

Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding – valueable, but not for obvious reasons [Book Review]

Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding

If you are a business looking to partner with a charitable organization, a non-profit looking to give your organizational mission more richness through a strategic partnership in the private sector, or like myself looking to better articulate the non-profit organizational brand by borrowing from the private sector, I believe this book is a must read.

Being Deliberate About Non-profit Organizational Culture

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I’ve been thinking about organizational culture for a few weeks now. Initially prompted by the latest edition of the Harvard Business Review and the discussion on collaboration, I was reminded about the impact of organizational culture again this week by a news report regarding an alleged culture of cheating in the Atlanta Public School system (APS).

Reconsidering the Titles We Give Professional Fundraisers

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Within the profession we use awkward terminology to refer to the relationship donors share with the person that represents their connection with the organization (e.g. development director and major gifts officer). Neither of these titles reflect the balance professional fundraisers negotiate between donor intent and organizational need… a highly difficult task in light of donor advised funds, restricted gifts, and performance-driven grant making. These titles also fail to address the other aspects of the fundraising profession, the trust relationship.