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Popular Articles For Nonprofits

Each of these articles new been featured in a past issue of ZimNotes, our free electronic monthly newsletter. ZimNotes features articles to help your nonprofit forge a better future. Sign up for a free subscription.

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EIGHT CHARACTERISTICS OF LEADERSHIP (Recently Updated)
This article defines leadership and outlines eight characteristics of a good leader, offering examples of both leaders and leadership style.

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BOARD AND THE EXECTUIVE DIRECTOR
Article hightlights what makes for a positive relationship between the board and the executive eirector, and the board and staff.

FLEXIBLE, OPEN SPACE WORK EXPERIENCE at the INSTITURE FOR THE FUTURE
Read how Gabe Zimmerman Lehman experienced his summer internship in a work environment for the 21st Centrury
.

Board of Directors:

FOUR REASONS TO DO A BOARD ASSESSMENT?
A strong and effective board of directors is a benchmark of a healthy organization. A periodic check-up can ensure that you are not just surviving but thriving in today's enviromen.t Here are four resason why you board should self asess.

ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH YOUR BOARD?
This article offers guidelines to training inexperienced or non-effective board members and a board member job description's key items
(upated earlier article).

HOW CAN A BOARD MEMBER BE A STRATEGIC ADVOCATE FOR YOUR NONPROFIT?
By suggesting an advocacy perspective, we are asking board members to reframe their role to promote the mission and vision of the organization at all times.

FIVE KEY FOUR REASONSPRINCIPLES TO SUCCESSFUL BOARD MEMBER FUNDRAISING
The board's successful involvement in fundrasising depends on the understanding and application of these five fundraising themes. Excerpted from "Nonprofit Managment 101: A Complete and Pratical Guide for Leaders and Professionals."

BOARDS THAT LOVE FUNDRAISING: SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
This excerpt from Zimmerman Lehman's book, Boards That Love Fundraising: A How-To Guide for Your Board, details the tasks attributed to board members in fundraising for their nonprofits.

RECRUITING WITH FUNDRAISING IN MIND
Think of board recruitment as you would if you were filling a top-level position in any organization, and give it the time and focus necessary.

HOW DOES THE BOARD GOVERN AND EVALUATE ITSELF?
This article reviews how to run effective board meetings and how the board can do a self-evaluation on its effectiveness.

RACIAL DIVERSITY ON YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
This article analyzes issues surrounding diversity on Boards of Directors, offering suggestions for improvement.

Planning and Leadership Issues:

EIGHT CHARACTERISTICS OF LEADERSHIP (updated)
This article defines leadership and outlines eight characteristics of a good leader, offering examples of both leaders and leadership style.

YOU CAN'T RAISE MONEY WITHOUT A DEVELOPMENT PLAN!
Does your nonprofit have a written development plan with a calendar that specifies the kinds of fundraising that you plan to do in the next six months to three years and the people responsible for planning and implementing your campaigns? If not, read this article.


STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR NONPROFITS
This article discusses the benefits and how to's of strategic planning.


WORKING WITH CONSULTANTS

Organizations large and small work with fundraising consultants, here are some suggestions for ensuring it is a successful relationship.

Policy Issues:

DOES ADVOCACY HELP WITH FUNDRAISING?
The article explores the relationship between advocacy and fundraising and
cites a number of examples and studies that examine the relationship.

WHY IS PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY IMPORTANT TO NONPROFITS?
In order to be effective and successful in your field, it helps to know the policies, laws and regulations that impact your nonprofit organization and the communities you serve.


Overhead Overturned!
Wow! Overhead expenses are now considered a poor measure of a nonprofit's performance by the 3 biggest charity raters.

Capital Campaigns:

Mounting a Successful Capital Campaign During a Recession: A Case Study & Lessons Learned
With intelligent planning and the dedicated involvement of board members, staff members and campaign counsel, nonprofits can weather the current economic storm and complete successful capital, endowment and annual fund campaigns. In this case study, we examine a successful capital campaign that enabled a social service agency to purchase the building it had been renting and thereupon apply the money that had been spent on rent to programs for clients. (This is part one of a two-part series on how nonprofits are dealing with the recession).
CAPITAL CAMPAIGNS: TEN STEPS FOR SUCCESS
Capital Campaigns often attract donors more easily than an annual fund campaign because donors easily understand 'bricks & mortar.' There are a variety of things to consider and here are suggestions to help you succeed.

THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FEASIBILITY STUDY: ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA
Why bother with a feasibility study? Why not simply announce the campaign and raise all the money you can as fast as possible? This article provides five critically important reasons to conduct a feasibility study.
Individual Donors:

FUNDRAISING IN THE PLAGUE YEARS: A MAJOR DONOR CASE STUDY
A review of the key strategies needed to launch a major donor campaign during these financially trying times, using a current Zimmerman Lehman campaign as an example
.

MAJOR DONOR CAMPAIGNS: THE HEART OF ANY SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING EFFORT
Whether for capital, annual or endowment gifts, major donor campaigns are an extremely effective means of raising significant income.

THE IMPORTANCE OF INDIVIDUAL GIVING
This article, originally written in 2003 has been updated and is still very relevant to a successful fundraising strategy. In 2013 a total of 335 billion was contributed to nonprofits in the U.S., 80% by individuals - are you getting your share?

4 TIPS FOR YOUR FALL MAJOR DONOR EFFORTS
Summer is over.  Donors are home and it’s time for you to see where you stand in your fundraising goals from individuals.  While major gifts work is best done all year long, it needs to kick into “campaign mode” after Labor Day. Here are 4 suggestions.


Strategic Fundraising Thinking

FUNDRAISING IN THE TEETH OF THE RECESSION: LESSONS FROM WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY
This article is based on interviews with staff at 19 past and present client organizations and focus on how a range of nonprofits have coped in this extraordinarily challenging time. (This is part one of a two-part series on how nonprofits are dealing with the recession).

WHAT THE BOARD NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT FUNDRAISING STAFF
Too few board members understand how terribly labor-intensive fundraising is. They lobby executive directors to keep their operations "lean and mean," thereby effectively cutting themselves off at the fundraising knees. Excerpted from Boards That Love Fundraising: A How-To Guide for Your Board.


GETTING PEOPLE TO ASK FOR $$
Excerpted from Zimmerman Lehman's new book, Boards That Love Fundraising: A How-To Guide for Your Board, this piece discusses the fears boards have about asking for money, and how to overcome them.


GIVING MAKES YOU HAPPY& HEALTHY!
Studies show that making d donations and volunteering will bring contentment and help you live longer.

Grantwriting and Special Events:
TEN TIPS FOR GRANTWRITING
Commonsense suggestions for a successful grant application.
SPECIAl EVENTS: A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
Special events are a crucial aspect of any nonprofit strategy to raise awareness and big bucks; the key is choosing the right event to meet your objectives.

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