The hashtag #NGOFacts encourages nonprofit organizations and charities to increase awareness by sharing interesting statistics, facts and success stories about global development. The campaign was featured by The Guardian, which has a global development professionals area online. This is a great opportunity to share your [more]

The 2015 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey was released today, and it has some good news for a sector recovering from the Great Recession. The nonprofit sector  is poised to add even more jobs in 2015 and grow its 10.7 million workforce. In fact, a larger percentage of nonprofit organizations plan to hire employees in 2015 than [more]

Independent Sector today announced the release of the 2015 edition of the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, a set of 33 principles broadly accepted by many nonprofit and philanthropic organizations as a guide for charities’ and foundations’ self-governance.

The 2015 edition of the Principles contains [more]

A nonprofit organization in San Diego, Turn Our Hearts, got itself into  public relations trouble when NBC San Diego investigated its IRS filings and found out that the organization had falsified the list of Board of Directors on its 990 forms. Some of the prominent community leaders listed, had even declined to be on the board [more]

I am often amazed at how often I hear nonprofit organizations talk about hiring or using interns for social media. Inevitably, the organization has no presence on social media or a very limited one that is not updated. The person says they realize social media is an important communication stream today and that they need to “get [more]

The 2014 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey offers some helpful data for public relations professionals working at nonprofits and associations to consider.

The good news – there is job growth across the nonprofit sector – with plans to hire in organizations dealing with international/foreign affairs, health, [more]

The Miami Herald recently ran an article discussing the work-life demands faced by nonprofit CEOs. Many nonprofit leaders work significant overtime, balance complex demands from competing audiences (donors, clients, board members, staff), are tightly connected to their jobs and are stressed to balance family responsibilities. [more]

I heard Robert Eggers speak a couple of years ago at a nonprofit event and loved his dynamic perspective on the nonprofit sector and call to re-think how we do business. Eggers founded D.C. Central Kitchen and rebuilt the national capital chapter of the United Way following a major scandal.

In Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of [more]

Getting your nonprofit or association CEO and key leaders engaged in social media can be tougher than it looks. Some are leery of social media or don’t understand it. Others, want for social media to be something they can delegate to others. I even met a nonprofit CEO who didn’t like having his own social media feeds because [more]

In a fascinating kick-in-the-pants essay on Huffington Post, Alexander Justice Moore from DC Central Kitchen calls on nonprofits to stop settling for lower standards, abysmal wages, and begging for peanuts to pay their light bills.

He points out one of the key issues in the nonprofit sector – that far too many people start nonprofits [more]

What are the current public relations issues for association, nonprofit and foundation practitioners? This program organized by PRSA-NCC in Washington, DC, features roundtable discussions led by experts discussing topics and issues of the day facing  nonprofit PR professionals. The featured topics and discussion leaders [more]
Cyclist Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and sanctioned for illegally using drugs by the US Anti-Doping Agency, but will the popular cancer-fighting charity he founded, the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG), survive? Are we about to witness the collapse of one of America’s innovative [more]

For a year early in my consulting practice, I subscribed to Nonprofit Quarterly, but found my print subscription (which was very pretty, often qualifying it for top of the pile status) sat in a corner of my desk, where it was occasionally nibbled on by dust bunnies. So I didn’t renew, even though the content was great. It was just one [more]

There’s an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today by Michael Michalowicz addressing small business owners, who often expect for their employees to take on greater responsibilities and super-human tasks. He notes that there is a placebo effect in how managers present a task to employees, noting:

Simply put, [more]

Baby boomer volunteers have a lot to share. Thanks for the photo.

A recent article by the Associated Press noted that many nonprofits are hoping to inspire baby boomers to volunteer. These plus 50 adults are highly sought after nonprofit workers because they are well-educated, healthier, and have tremendous experience.

These boomers [more]

Have you ever wondered how social media policies and engagement could enhance your nonprofit or association? And what others are doing in the field?

Last week I attended a great lunch presentation organized by PRSA-NCC’s Independent Public Relations Alliance, and our guest speaker was Beth Perell from Goodwill Industries [more]

For six years now, the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards has been shining a spotlight on all the innovative ways that nonprofits use video.  The contest is about moving the field of nonprofit video forward and encouraging cause-video creators to try new approaches that make their work different.

The Case Foundation  is offering [more]

Imagine you are the well-compensated (I can hear my nonprofit readers chuckling now) executive director of a taxpayer-funded nonprofit agency that oversees a 15 acre public park. A newspaper reporter emails you and requests to know your salary. Instead of responding before the reporter’s deadline, you email a public relations [more]

Working as a public relations executive ranks among the most stressful occupations around, says CareerCast in its 2012 ranking. PR executives were ranked as the seventh most stressful profession. CareerCast explains its ranking:

Public Relations Officers are responsible for creating and maintaining a positive image with the public [more]
Why do some nonprofit organizations grow and thrive, while others struggle and fade away?

My new article, “Why Do Some Camps THRIVE While Others Fade Away?” explores this topic from the perspective of Christian camp and conference centers, who are grappling with how to balance philanthropy, ministry and business [more]