Your annual report: essential, not expensive

For many of us, the words “annual report” suggests a substantial writing/editing assignment and the customary expensive color printing and delivery. Certainly large, institutional-stage nonprofits and corporations often publish stunning, award-winning products with photography or design costs that are probably more than your annual marketing budget. But the truth is, a small or midsize nonprofit’s“Your annual report: essential, not expensive”

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Common board shortcomings

Are you aware of the main weaknesses, omissions, mistakes, flaws, bad judgments, and even sins that a board or individual board member can commit? From an excellent article published by the Boardsource Knowledge Center (on www.nonprofitalliance.org), here are some common ways that a governing board can lose its way. We’ve certainly addressed many of these“Common board shortcomings”

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Best practices for mentoring programs

Programs that match one person with another for the purpose of coaching, learning, listening and guidance are a wonderful tool to implement many nonprofit missions. Mentoring projects can be found in the private and public sectors, of course, although not with the frequency, duration, or success as nonprofits have demonstrated. For all our experience in“Best practices for mentoring programs”

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Defining volunteer value

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 64.3 million Americans, or 26.8 percent of the adult population, gave 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service worth $171 billion in 2011. Even taking in account that there’s a lag time in how these numbers are collected at the state level and then compiled nationally,“Defining volunteer value”

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