Strive for more than a new leader with your succession plan

Strive for more than a new leader with your succession plan

At a recent session of our popular board development workshop, The Board Series, one of the hot conversation topics for nonprofit leaders was succession planning. That’s right. They wanted to talk about how to best groom the next generation of leaders for their organizations. The timing is certainly right for this discussion. Most of us have noticed…

5 tips for ensuring your strategic plan stays off the shelf

5 tips for ensuring your strategic plan stays off the shelf

By Jen Pendleton, vice-president, Aly Sterling Philanthropy

Don’t worry, this isn’t another article about the strategic plan that sits on the proverbial shelf.

But it is an article about the BoardSource study, Leading With Intent 2017, that reports that “boards are not fully engaging in strategy.”

Let that statement sink in for a minute. If you’re a board member or executive director, this is probably not surprising. The truth is…

Are donor retention rates really that important?

Are donor retention rates really that important?

At the core of many nonprofits’ fundraising strategy is the goal to acquire new donors. Why? Because finding more donors just seems like the right thing to do. It feels good to share in your annual report that you’ve spread the word about your cause to new people and convinced them to donate.

As a matter of fact, the phrase “we need to find more donors” is one of the most common things I hear spoken around board tables. This is because donor acquisition numbers have somehow become the standard by which we judge fundraising success. And while donor acquisition is vital for the sake of your donor pipeline, it’s not necessarily the best way (or the easiest way) to raise more money. Instead, you should focus heavily on…

Four ways to apply the findings of Women Give 2019

Four ways to apply the findings of Women Give 2019

A report released last month by the IUPUI Women’s Philanthropy Institute validates what we’ve long observed: Generosity is not limited by race, ethnicity or gender.

The report, Women Give 2019, finds that generosity is a value shared by all communities, and that women across race and ethnicity are leading through philanthropy.

There’s more to the study, including the unique perspectives of women of color as well as information about how income and wealth disparity affect giving. However, the overall message is an important one: the face of philanthropy is diverse.

ASP’s prediction for top 5 philanthropy trends

ASP’s prediction for top 5 philanthropy trends

By Jen Pendleton, vice president-Indiana, Aly Sterling Philanthropy
Great nonprofit leaders, whether board or staff members, know when to pull out their crystal balls and anticipate what might be around the corner.
However, if you’ve been pressed for time during this busy season, take a shortcut and borrow our predictions. In order to aid your planning and strategic discussions, here are Aly Sterling Philanthropy’s top 5 predictions for biggest philanthropy trends for 2019 and beyond.