Kill The Nonprofit Mission Statement

Kill The Nonprofit Mission Statement

I walked into the conference room and handed the ten people seated around the table a piece of paper and a pen. “Please write down your organization’s mission statement.” After one minute I gathered the papers and began reading each one aloud. They were all different....
Demonstrate Field Expertise

Demonstrate Field Expertise

Round two of the interview process. I’m sitting with the CEO and an outside consultant. They are grilling me about my experience, abilities and what I bring to the specific role I’m up for. Then comes a question that I really dislike: “If you were sitting with a...
Step Into Your Donors Shoes

Step Into Your Donors Shoes

Have you ever tried to step into your donor’s shoes for a minute? Tried to really understand their experience? Odds are you don’t just work for a nonprofit; you also donate or volunteer somewhere else. Have you considered how that knowledge should affect how your...
Competitive Intelligence

Competitive Intelligence

“The wise learn many things from their enemies.” – Aristophanes The Intelligence community in the U.S.- CIA, FBI, NSA- have a very difficult job: To mine data so they can thwart attacks, carry out tactical operations and keep American interests safe at...