The X-Factor in Courageous Leadership: 4 Ways to Strengthen Your Mental Fitness

Ellen Nastir, M.Ed., PCC, BCC, CPCC Leadership, Tips

Authentic, trusting relationships are at the core of achieving the majority of goals in life — from personal happiness to career success and everything in between. But before meaningful and lasting relationships can grow, they must be rooted in the relationship we have with ourselves. Believe it or not, the most important conversations aren’t those you have with others; they’re …

The One Budget Cut You Shouldn’t Make During a Crisis

Team NLC Tips

During times of crisis and economic hardship, learning and development are often the first items cut when organizations must trim budgets. But why is talent development so easy to deprioritize when it’s the one thing that can help raise more dollars, serve more constituents, and increase employee morale and productivity? Research shows that staff development increases the expertise and productivity …

Reducing Your Nonprofit’s Risk: Trends to Anticipate & How to Tackle Them

Robin Moch, NLC Board Member & M.E. Wilson Partner Tips

For most nonprofit organizations, the cost of property and casualty insurance is among the top five expense items within already limited budgets. As the need for nonprofit services increases, resources shrink and the insurance marketplace becomes firmer, nonprofit leaders must take steps to reduce and control their organization’s risks and lower costs in the process. Before we dive into risk …

Major Gift Fundraising: Build a Plan that Works

Jessica Dvoracsek, Fundraising & Mktg Fellow Tips

During economic downturns, data suggests that Americans typically give less to charity. As communities simultaneously navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, a recession and the social movement for racial justice, the need for nonprofit services continues to increase as inequities deepen. Understanding how to raise funds in times of uncertainty is critical to respond to some of the greatest challenges our communities …

How to Host a Successful Virtual Fundraising Event: Girls on the Run Case Study

Jessica Dvoracsek, Fundraising & Mktg Fellow Stories, Tips

Like most nonprofits impacted by COVID-19, Girls on the Run Greater Tampa Bay faced a pivotal challenge — how to deliver a major fundraising event with significant revenue goals and in-person mission programming virtually, all in a matter of weeks. Girls on the Run is a developmental, life-skills program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a …

Addressing Unconscious Bias: Where Awareness and Understanding Begin

Margarita Sarmiento Tips

George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police has spurred protests and riots across our country. It has also caused many of us to stop and question what we define as our own truth and what we can and should do, considering such devastating circumstances and systemic challenges. We each carry a different perspective into each interaction we have …

Unshakeable Leadership in the Eye of a Storm

Emily H. Benham | CEO, NLC Tips

Hurricanes are something I’ve come to accept as part of living in Florida. While there is plenty of uncertainty in tracking their trajectory, we typically know when we’ll be affected by a storm. We can put together our emergency supply kits, find a safe place to stay or evacuate. Today, we find ourselves in what feels like a Category 5 …

Is Your Nonprofit Prepared for Digital Fundraising Success?

Jessica Dvoracsek, NLC Fellow Tips

Online giving has grown 10% during the past three years (Blackbaud). As social distancing and COVID-19 prevent nonprofits from traditional fundraising events and in-person activities, mastering your digital fundraising is critical — today and every day. These digital fundraising tips from Nonprofit Leadership Center trainer and fundraising expert Sara Leonard will help your organization remain financially strong for long-term success. …

Maintaining Morale While Leading Virtual Teams

Margarita Sarmiento Tips

Social distancing and working from home have scattered our workforces, pushing many of us outside our comfort zones and creating entirely new ways to work and communicate. For those responsible for leading virtual teams, maintaining employee morale and motivation is critical as staff members feel increasingly isolated. Whether in times of normalcy or uncertainty, the most crucial aspect of keeping …

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Recipes from Team NLC

Team NLC Tips

No Cinco de Mayo would be complete without the perfect dish to celebrate the occasion. Our very own Fundraising and Marketing Fellow Jessica Dvoracsek shares her family’s favorite nacho and guacamole recipe to help you celebrate at home this year. Nachos for Nonprofit Leaders Ingredients 6 mini peppers Tortilla chips 1 lb. ground beef 1.5 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. …