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4 Tips for Finding Your Nonprofit’s Next Executive Director

There’s no question about it: finding the right person to lead your nonprofit team to greatness can be a tricky business. It can be difficult to track down one promising candidate who meets all of your nonprofit’s preferences such as:

  • A range of nonprofit experience.
  • A clean and philanthropic reputation.
  • Strong leadership and project management skills.
  • A warm and engaging personality.

But before you declare your executive search efforts futile, keep in mind that all it may take to draw potential candidates out of the woodwork is for your nonprofit to sell your cause and community impact in just the right light.

This can be done by first organizing a detailed job description that’s both inviting and breaks down the position followed by careful implementation of these top tips:

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Fund Accounting Fundamentals: Bottom Line for Fulfilling Nonprofit Missions

What sets nonprofit organizations apart from for-profit businesses? The answer is simple. Each has its own criteria for financial success.

For-profit organizations focus on profitability, whereas nonprofits use fund accounting to focus on accountability. Success for nonprofit organizations is determined by fulfilling its mission. To accomplish this, nonprofits must raise money and be accountable to funding sources.

Contrary to a for-profit, a nonprofit has two bottom lines. One is to fulfill their stated mission while the other one is having the necessary funding to support their mission.

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From Call Reluctance to Call Enthusiasm: A 7-Step Approach

Prospect research is useless if nobody makes the call.

Development professionals have it so easy in the twenty-first century! Or so you’d think. They’ve got access to technology nobody even dreamed of last century, like social media, specialized donor-management platforms, and the coolest, most insightful prospect research services ever.

In spite of it all, the industry still suffers from a lack of productivity. In fact, Bristol Strategy Group’s long-term study of fundraising productivity, the Leaky Bucket Assessment for Effective Fundraising, with over 1,000 responses from every size of organization, sector, and continent on the planet, shows a median score of somewhere around C minus-D plus.

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Fundraising Compliance & Building Meaningful Relationships

You’ve mapped out an online strategy that engages donors and makes the most of your relationships, boosting annual giving and catalyzing major gifts. Your cultivation efforts are honed in on capturing the hearts, minds, and giving spirits of your donors so that they not only invest in your annual fund, but also make a multi-year commitment to your capital campaign. You’re talking about your mission, building on the clarity of your vision, and launching cost-effective strategies for making all of this happen online.

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