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).

Ethics Rapid-fire for Your Next Staff Meeting

Ethical lapses don’t have to happen. To help keep the discussion of ethics alive in your organization, here are some quick questions to use at your next staff meeting to start a meaningful conversation.

Fundraising Ethics and Corporate Scholarships

“Each scholarship recipient selected by the University may be given an opportunity to intern at XYZ Corp, depending on mutual need and consent.”

Having worked in higher education my entire career I appreciated the way in which this statement was worded. It indicated to students that the company would like to consider scholarship recipients for an internship, but the company understood that the scholarship award was not contingent on the students’ acceptance of an internship and the University was ultimately responsible for selecting the recipient.

Millennial fundraising epic FAIL

As Millennials seek to make a difference, it should be the responsibility of non-profits to engage their volunteers in training to make clear the importance of genuine cultivation and stewardship as a preface to effective asking and engagement. Volunteer training should not focus just on building endurance for the upcoming marathon, but should also spend some time educating on the strengths and weaknesses of permission marketing and their responsibilities as volunteer fundraisers.

How Long Will it Take You to Raise the Money?

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Is this (insert urgent need here) worth alienating the donor most likely to fund the request? Why wasn’t this in our original budget? If we pay upfront for somebody to write grant requests, how do we keep them accountable for meeting performance benchmarks?