Lessons on Leadership from Fantasy Football

Guest post by Scott Edinger News, Stories

Football season is upon us, and while the link between these two may not be obvious at first blush, stay with me for a moment. Before I detail the similarities between these two seemingly disparate topics, it makes sense to highlight my qualifications to do so. I have been playing fantasy football in the same league since 1995, and in …

READ ME: The Right Subject Line Can Increase Year-End Giving

Sara Leonard News, Stories

Raise your hand if you’re not thinking about your year-end appeals. (Cue crickets chirping.) That’s what we thought. Gail Perry, nationally recognized fundraiser—and the speaker at our “Fired-Up Fundraising”  Board Leadership Conference a couple of years ago—dedicated an entire blog post to year-end email appeals, specifically the importance of the subject lines of those appeals. We were really struck by …

The Importance of Building an Intentional Onboarding Process

Guest post by Kathy McDonald News, Stories

We’re thrilled to bring you the second installment in our 3-part series of guest blog posts by Kathy McDonald, offering a sneak peek of the scenarios and skills you’ll learn in our new Management series. For sessions titles and dates, see below. Some dates are completely sold out, so don’t dawdle if you’re interested in attending. Click on the date …

We LOVE learning!

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications News, Stories

NLC is not only a place where nonprofit leaders and board members come for training and development; we’re a living, breathing learning culture. So you can imagine our excitement when Charles Imbergamo, President & CEO of Cristo Rey Tampa High School, approached us about the opportunity to take on two Corporate Work Study Program students. Okay, we did have to …

Find the Reverse Leaders in Your Midst

Guest post by Scott Edinger News, Stories

You’ve likely seen reverse leadership in action. It happens when someone not in a formal leadership role demonstrates great leadership ability: when a field service agent steps up with a solution to a persistent problem, for example; when a customer service rep inspires her colleagues through her exemplary customer-centric behavior. When someone on an account team improves dramatically after being …

5 Alternatives to Starting a Nonprofit Organization

Lorraine Faithful, Operations Manager News, Stories

Creating a nonprofit organization is the same as creating a business, so you need to approach this decision with some serious thought and planning – and funding as well. If, after you decide that starting a nonprofit is a larger project than you are ready or able to tackle, but you still have the passion to do something constructive in …

Do Your Own Fundraising Research? You Bet!

Guest post by Jen Filla, Aspire Research Group News, Stories

One of the hot topics in the prospect research field is whether we researchers are going to be replaced by all of the great software products out there. With the click of your mouse you can search multiple public records databases and spit a profile out of your printer. Even data analytics has become more accessible with easy software interfaces. …

New Manager Mis-Steps

Guest post by Kathy McDonald News, Stories

Robert* was making Janice* crazy.  He hired her for her research skills but then delegated only menial tasks, and kept her out of the loop on the most strategic projects.  He invited her to join him for a conference presentation, but then expected her to watch him present rather than present with him.  Robert kept promising a pipeline of interesting …