Track five "indicators" to measure the health of your small nonprofit in 2018:

  1. Board participation

  2. Client referrals

  3. Donation/volunteer follow-up turnaround time

  4. Donor/volunteer crossover engagement

  5. P/L report

According to Google, the #...

You know, it seems you can't live with New Year resolutions and you can't live without them. 

On one hand, you know the importance of goals and habits to accomplishing anything worthwhile. On the other hand, you know that you'll end up abandoning your New Year...

As you live and work, I wish many things for you. Here are five for the holidays this year.

I wish peace for you. I wish for distractions, little anxieties, and regrets to fade from your mind starting today. What is done is done. What will be will be. Over the next few...

What is on your wish list this holiday season? 

A few years ago, I got into the habit of keeping running wish lists on Amazon and Evernote. It used to be that my mom would ask me for my Christmas wish list around mid-October. I could never think of anything on the spot....

About three months ago, I became executive director for a little nonprofit called Voices for Earth Justice. After four years of contract project management for big nonprofits, I was eager to get back to the kind of high-impact local work a small nonprofit can do. 


By the time you read this, #GivingTuesday is over.

Maybe you're flush with gifts and happy dancing down the hall. 

Maybe you're disappointed and discouraged because things didn't go the way you planned.

Maybe you're a little embarrassed because you didn't even try.


This blog post assumes that you're a small nonprofit leader. 

This Thanksgiving, I'm giving thanks for you.

What you do each day is familiar to me because I'm doing it right along with you. 

Knowing what I know about the work you choose to do, I know you're not doing it f...

Amazon has a new feature that can help your small nonprofit raise more money from Amazon Smile this holiday season. 

Amazon's new Idea List feature allows your small nonprofit to create its own holiday gift-buying guide and share it with your supporters. For example, I...

#GivingTuesday is less than two weeks away. What are you planning?

It's not too late to make it a great day for your small nonprofit and your community of support. 


Instead of asking, asking, asking all day, make it about thanking, thanking, thanking!

One of the my fa...

What are the most common complaints of small nonprofit leaders?

I bet they are:

  • Not enough energy

  • Not enough money

  • Not enough time

All three of those are bullshit. 

Now, for the bullshitter, the best kind of bullshit is the believable kind. Since most peop...

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