Category Archives: Strategic Planning

Client Spotlight: First Baptist Church of Raleigh

In early 2015, Dr. Dumas Harshaw, Jr. began to to realize that his church’s congregation was changing. The pastor of First Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina knew that his church needed a new plan for the future. “I could see the generation that had been so strong in sustaining the church begin to die …

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How Can Your Resource Development Committee Be Most Effective?

What your nonprofit resource development committee should be doing to developing donor relationships that lead to long-term organizational sustainability: Develop policies and procedures Ensure a strong case for support Develop plans/procedures for board fundraising Help develop strategies for the involvement and cultivation of major gifts Track environmental factors affecting fundraising Evaluate prospects’ increased levels of …

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Managing Organizational Growth: A Success Story

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle launched in 1989 with a simple observation: edible food was being thrown out by food vendors instead of making it to the hands of the hungry. Twenty-eight years later, the Food Shuttle has evolved into into a thriving nonprofit that recovers over six million pounds of food a year across seven …

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3 Must-Know Fundraising Trends (and 3 Strategies)

Nonprofits that stay in step with fundraising trends and anticipate what funders will be asking for will be best able to build their capacity in 2018. Here are some top trends:      Trend: There will be heightened demand for nonprofits to articulate the anticipated results of their work and to track whether those results …

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5 Tips for Hiring Your Next Executive Director

For nearly two decades, Band Together has carried out a unique mission: using live music to raise funds and awareness for local nonprofits. Since 2001, the organization has helped its Triangle-area nonprofit partners fundraise nearly $8 million, in the process transforming itself into what it calls a “philanthropic machine.” Earlier this year, Band Together’s longtime …

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4 Tips for Developing Strong In-Kind Relationships—from an Expert

Michael McLawhorn, an In-Kind Senior Manager for TROSA in Durham, NC, is responsible for sourcing nearly $4 million of in-kind donations each year for his organization’s residential substance abuse program. Here, he shares four strategies for increasing in-kind giving and making the most effective ask. 1. Before making an ask, consider everything your organization needs—from …

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Client Spotlight: YWCA Lower Cape Fear

In 2015, the YWCA Lower Cape Fear realized it needed to develop a new strategic plan. “There had not been one for at least six years,” says Jenni Harris, President of YWCA’s Board of Directors. “We were in a position where we needed guidance on how to grow into a strong, functioning organization.” YWCA contracted …

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Collective Impact: Management & Design Best Practices

Design and implement your collective initiative with a priority placed on equity. Address systemic structures and practices that create barriers to equitable outcomes for all populations, particularly along lines of race and class. Be intentional about the collective design to ensure that an “equity lens” is in place throughout the process. Include community members in …

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Is Going Cloud-Based Right for Your Organization? A Quiz

There are lots of reasons for organizations to move their operations to cloud computing—or Internet-based computing—including significant cost savings and increased collaboration. Take this quiz to find out if your organization is ready! A answers are worth 1 point, B answers 2 points, and C answers 3 points. Add your points to find your results …

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Considering the Collective Impact Model? Where to Look, What to Ask

Here are a few places to turn to when seeking partners for a collective: State and Community Partnerships Identify community organizations and those focused on systems change. Support and Intermediary Organizations Develop relationships with grassroots organizations and universities that can help with research and offer skills and professional development for partners. Grantmakers They can help build …

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