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 …

WATCH: Creative Innovation for Visionary Leadership

Charlie Imbergamo | Director of Strategic Programs Resources

Some of the greatest organizations were built and grown in times of economic hardship. The difference between organizations that thrive and those that fail is how equipped leaders are to face adversity with creative innovation, organizational empathy and visionary thinking. In this video, Soul Media CEO Emily Ghosh Harris, MBA, and Arts Conservatory for Teens Co-Founder Dr. Alex Harris share …

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 …

Local Nonprofits Continue to Show Courageous Leadership in Times of Crisis

Team NLC Stories

When communities are in crisis, nonprofit organizations are here to help. As a nonprofit that supports other nonprofits, the Nonprofit Leadership Center has been shining a spotlight on the courage, leadership, nimbleness and resiliency of Tampa Bay nonprofit leaders and organizations. This week, we’re pleased to share stories from seven organizations that are helping strengthen our community — and us …

Motivating and Engaging Employees Virtually

Charlie Imbergamo | Director of Strategic Programs Resources

COVID-19 has introduced managers and supervisors to new challenges as we strive to keep virtual teams motivated, engaged and connected. Our new reality has required us to stretch ourselves beyond our limits and outside our comfort zones, figuratively and literally. Research suggests that the most important aspect of keeping employees engaged is making them feel part of the bigger picture. …

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 …

Position Your Nonprofit to Thrive in a Post-Pandemic World

Charlie Imbergamo | Director of Strategic Programs Resources

It’s hard to plan for the future when staying afloat is the day-to-day focus. NLC trainer and senior communications expert Heather Grzelka is helping nonprofits prepare to thrive in a post-COVID-19 world by sharing the one thing nonprofits must do during social distancing. She also shares strategic communications policies and procedures and a case study of how one nonprofit not …

Local Nonprofits Show Courageous Leadership in Times of Crisis

Team NLC Stories

During times of crisis, it’s easy to be consumed by negative and heartbreaking stories that fill our news broadcasts and social media feeds. That’s why we asked the Tampa Bay nonprofit community to share their stories of strength. We’re collecting stories that shine a spotlight on the courage, leadership, nimbleness and resiliency of local nonprofit leaders and organizations. This week, …