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It's true. We like to help others.

Studies show that we not only value the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, but that helping others is actually good for our sense of wellbeing. We can all probably recall a satisfying moment of being asked to help, and can also point to an experience when we asked someone else to help—instead of expecting or demanding they help—and how they appreciated being invited.

The explosion of the not-for-profit sector in the U.S. to over 1.6 million organizations employing 11.4 million people also means that most of these organizations are looking for–and need–an army of volunteers to serve on boards and help provide direct service. The Independent Sector reports that 63 million Americans volunteer.

That’s 25 percent of the adult population.*

That’s a lot of people employed or volunteering who want to make a difference in our world.

And they really do want to help.

  • Board members want to be engaged but may have limited board experience.
  • Program staff sacrifice higher paying jobs to do something good for society.
  • Executive directors manage lean budgets while also looking for how to better deliver services.

But as not-for-profit organizations grow in number, size, and complexity, there are bound to be growing pains and stress points.

It is a healthy starting point to assume good intentions among all the players. But that does not mean we can ignore how we often step on each other’s feet, how we can make the already complicated task of educating the young, healing the sick, feeding the poor, protecting the environment, or promoting the arts more complicated.

Different roles, one mission

When working together, the governance, executive, and staff functions make for a dynamic and effective organization. But we know, personally and from our colleagues, that such coordination and collaboration can be elusive.

These days, adding monthly giving options doesn’t cost much. Just a little bit of time and a little bit of persistence. The more you keep at it, the more monthly donors you’ll generate, the more sustainable revenue you’ll generate to support your programs and serve your mission.

Join us on January 23rd at 2pm EST for the Flash Class that will explore how to identify the issues and begin to build greater coordination and collaboration. It begins with a commitment to do this mission together.

“All for one and one for all.”

Register here.


Robert V. Hotz | Vice President and Senior Consultant - American City Bureau, Inc.

Bob Hotz has immersed himself in strategic planning, executive nonprofit management, development, and fundraising for the past 33 years.  His strong dedication to nonprofit organizations is rooted in his belief that successful leaders strive to align all available human, financial, and physical resources of an organization with its  mission. His career includes an eight-year tenure as president of the Jesuit High School in Omaha, service as a trustee of Marquette University and two Catholic high schools, and 15 years as a full-time consultant adapting strategies and methodologies for diverse clients possessing unique cultures and missions.

Bob is an Omaha, Nebraska native living in Chicago.  He earned his B.A. from St. Louis University, an M.Div. from the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College , and an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

*Source: National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)

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