Gayle Nelson is a development consultant, attorney, and blogger. For over fifteen years she has worked with diverse nonprofit organizations helping leaders build the capacity they need to grow and fulfill their mission. Gayle has experience as an executive director and board member. Through her practice Gayle writes government and foundation grants, facilitates strategic planning activities, and educates leaders on how to ask for major and planned gifts. As a Commissioner on the Illinois Commission for the Elimination of Poverty, Gayle partners with government and nonprofit leaders across the State to fight for programs and polices that help Illinois residents support themselves and their children. Gayle is also the author of Your Fellow Board Member. The blog provides resources and best practices on succession planning and leadership development in nonprofit organizations.
Many nonprofit leaders leave their 990s to their tax preparers. But more and more donors are examining the form as part of their due diligence. By using their returns to educate and clarify, nonprofits can garner increased revenue and donor engagement.
Well-known social media campaigns like the Ice Bucket Challenge garner large-scale engagement and immediate attention, but translating this success into long-term awareness and financial support requires more than a click. Take, for example, the case of the ACLU.
Although marijuana remains classified as an illegal substance by the federal government, the industry is booming thanks to legalization in more than half of the states. Many marijuana businesses want to give back, but many nonprofits remain hesitant.
A group of prominent large foundations and advisors have created an unusual new pool of grant funding that will focus on overcoming those problems that inevitably emerge when doing ambitious nonprofit projects in unstable circumstances.
According to an NIJ study, 20 percent of female college students are sexually assaulted while on campus. Some choose to file a complaint in their institution’s Title IX office, but these proceedings are full of challenges for the accused and the accuser.
Although many victims of domestic violence remain silent, often those close to them are aware of the violence and want to help. A new Illinois law provides resources and education to hair stylists and others who find themselves in a situation to help.
Throughout the 2016 fiscal year, Illinois leaders failed to pass a state budget. Without a budget, the state reneged on their contracts with many social service organizations. The current six-month budget expires on December 31st, leaving many nonprofits wondering if 2017 will be a repeat of last year’s disaster.