Teaching Philanthropy

Grace Armstrong Uncategorized

I recently served as a panelist representing the nonprofit sector. The audience was a chamber leadership group. As might be expected, I was asked what advice I would give the audience about nonprofits. That is a big question and one that could be answered in so many different ways. What I answered that night was: Teach your children philanthropy. I …

Challenge From Under the French Fries

Sara Leonard Uncategorized

nspiration comes when you least expect it. While having dinner with my children at McDonalds, I was challenged by the verbiage on the tray liner. You know the tray liner – that piece of paper lining the tray that usually contains a special offer for an amusement park or a promotion of the latest McFood. But this time it was …

Measuring What We Can Control

Grace Armstrong Uncategorized

There are very few people I know who get excited about program evaluation. So many of us think of outcomes as something we have to consider when we are writing a grant and we worry about how we can track and prove to a funder that we have met our goals. I think the world is changing. I know I …

An Ode to the Nonprofit Professional

Surmac.com Uncategorized

You are a nonprofit professional. I’m sure you don’t pat yourself on the back everyday for the good you do, but you’re pretty special. You have dedicated your life to giving back; to helping the world’s disadvantaged, filling the gaps in social services, nurturing arts and culture, and saving the environment. You resisted pressure from your parents to become a …

Financial Leadership

Lorraine Faithful Uncategorized

When I came across an article about financial leadership, I happened to be in a place in my nonprofit career where I was ready to transition from financial management to financial leadership, so the article came to me at the right time and at the right place, as things so often happen to do. This timely article entitled, “An Executive …

Don’t Neglect the Follow Up!

Ashley Pero Uncategorized

You’ve just spent two hours at a networking event and you’re finally home. You’re ready to take your shoes off and sink into your DVR’d shows. WAIT – the networking event was just the beginning! We’re all guilty at times. We exchange business cards and then keep the stack on our desk for a few days and then they find …

Striking the Right Balance for Your Nonprofit with Management Software

David Matthew Uncategorized

The media fury surrounding the business practices of Central Asia Insitute Executive Director Greg Mortenson shows exactly why passion and ideas alone are not enough to ensure success for a nonprofit. As is the case with for-profit organizations, nonprofits demand thoughtful management of resources and finances. Many organizations do what is necessary and follow a best practices approach to management, …

What Does a Nonprofit Leader Really Need to Know?

Grace Armstrong Uncategorized

At the Nonprofit Leadership Center we partner with the University of Tampa to offer a graduate credit Certificate in Nonprofit Management. This program was developed to prepare emerging leaders to step into the roles that our retiring leaders are vacating. I am a perfect example of a nonprofit leader who stepped into the role of Executive Director without ever having …

A Book Review: Small Message, Big Impact

Lorraine Faithful Uncategorized

A book review of Small Message, Big Impact, written by Terri Sjodin Have you worked hard on that short speech so you will be ready the next time you only have a few minutes to say what you want to when you run into that “very important person?” Are your thoughts developed and organized to take advantage of all opportunities …

Taking a Leap of Faith

Tyler Hood Uncategorized

My best friend and roommate in college recently returned from a three-month trip to Guatemala. After graduating with a degree in landscape architecture Lance decided he wanted to learn Spanish. He applied to a school in Guatemala that would provide three months of Spanish training, shelter, and two meals a day. After putting his career on hold and saying goodbye …