May 30, 2015

Capacity Building

Doing Business with the Government: Administrative Challenges Faced by Nonprofits

DotsNonprofits face many administrative challenges on a day-to-day basis, ranging from managing donations and fundraising relationships to making sure the bills are paid. However, those organizations receiving federal grants face additional administrative burdens, and must establish monitoring and reporting systems that comport with the government’s. In the following article, Eric Sobota of BDO USA outlines some of these specific requirements and best practices for implementing them.

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Supporting Nonprofit Capacity: Three Principles for Grantmakers

CBTo discover what really works in nonprofit capacity building, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) conducted “listening sessions” with funders and nonprofits. This article flows from that inquiry - presenting three core principles, drawn from practice, that funders should consider.

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Marrying Mission with Strategic Planning & Evaluation

strategic planning for nonprofitsPeople don’t serve on an organization’s board of directors because they love strategic planning, but such planning falls squarely within a board member’s responsibilities. Two organizations on two coasts found successful and innovative ways to include more voices in their strategic planning processes. A third chose a participatory method to evaluate their programs. Here are some of their best practices and tips for making organizational strategic planning and evaluation as inclusive and effective as possible.

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Pro Bono Is a Two-Way Street

Pro BonoPro bono resources can go a long way toward building capacity within nonprofits, and there’s a growing body of knowledge about best practices in receiving pro bono support. What many nonprofits don’t appreciate is how much they have to offer business professionals in exchange for skills-based volunteer services.

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Put Your Money Where Your Mission Is: Mission-Related Investments and You

CR mission related investmentsMost nonprofit leaders aren’t investment whizzes, but most realize that they should carefully consider their investment options. There are many ways to do so that are in harmony with one’s mission.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 360° Evaluations


In order to accomplish a successful 360° evaluation, organizations should—among other factors—have a clear purpose and strategy going in, properly educate staff and board on the process and goals of the assessment, and ensure assessors are credible. But perhaps most fundamental to the process is leaders’ commitment to across-the-board evaluation as well as willingness to be an integral part of the enterprise.

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