Foundation Blog

Mar 18, 2015
For many development and fundraising professionals, the pressures of raising money for your organization and, to a larger extent, growing your physical and email lists to target potential donors, is front and center. However, it's important to remember the demographic your organization attracts. For instance, museums and public radio typically attract those in the 50+ age group. These are people who have begun to divest and, in turn, invest in arts and cultural (and other) organizations they connect with. But, this doesn't apply to all museums. If you look at a particular organization, say the Children's Museum of Oswego or the Museum of Play in Rochester, potential donors may be siginificantly younger, as these are usually young parents in the 25-40 year old range. This makes a difference when... read more
Jan 11, 2015
Nonprofits need their leaders to be the face and lead their organization but, more importantly, lead their employees to help them be successful in the goals he/she sets for them. There are different styles for every leader and organization. However, the next step is to find out what the style the organization needs and, to a further extent, what each individual employee will respond best to as well as what a specific situation calls for. From new employees, who may need a more direct approach, to ones who have a strong grasp on what their job is and what the organization's goals are, its important to know individual needs. For some leaders/superiors, the objective is to get employees from the directive, hands on stage to the delegation stage, but that requires the employee to gain the trust of the... read more
Nov 05, 2014
Central New York is home to a lot of nonprofits and individuals trying to create a better community for themselves and their neighbors. For this blog series, we have contacted people we see as leaders in the nonprofit community in Central New York. These individuals have information, expertise, and good habits which we thought were worthy of sharing. We hope to cover as many topics as we can. Also be sure to check out Part I (Leadership within Nonprofits with SUNY Oswego's Jeff Grimshaw) Part II (The Business of Nonprofits with OHA's Gregg Tripoli) and Part III (Fundraising and Development with Enable CNY's Matt Seubert.) This week's topic: The art of gathering volunteers for your nonprofit, with Nancy Kern Eaton of ARISE CNY. We sent Nancy some questions on this topic. Here's what she had to say:... read more
Nov 03, 2014
#FoundationChat is a tool for foundation professionals to use to communicate with one another and learn about best practices, common problems, and solutions to issues they may face day-to-day and beyond. This chat is also a way for those in the nonprofit community to learn how to write better grants and, more importantly, learn more about the foundations they communicate with to build a strong, long lasting relationship. Our second #FoundationChat (Friday November 14th at 2pm) will focus on Community Outreach issues, successes, and techniques for creating better communication with nonprofits and the public as well as within your own organization. Following along by using the hashtag #FoundationChat What do you look for in a board member? #foundationchat Are there training sessions for new... read more
Oct 05, 2014
After writing a blog post late last month on making changes in your nonprofit, the thought occurred to do a follow up piece on something that was mentioned there. When looking to create change in an organization, many people say, “Well, it’s a good idea for no other reason than it will save me time and the organization money,” and yeah, that’s great. But what are you doing with that saved time? It still costs money to have you on the clock, so saving the organization time for the sake of having more of it won’t cut it when bringing in a new idea. When coming up with the strategy for your new idea and how you will presented it to your Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), or a committee, it’s important to come up with a strategy for your saved time. A good example would be a development... read more
Sep 21, 2014
Any nonprofit professional will tell you that working in this field takes patience. No matter how good the idea or how correct in practice they may be, changes occur slowly, gradually coming to fruition over a period of time. To start implanting new ideas in an organization, especially nonprofits, it will take a calculated, well though out approach. Many situations are not dire and don’t require immediate, rapid change, as hard to hear as that may be. Some things to think about as you carefully prepare to explain your ideas to fellow employees: ·      Everyone requires a different approach, meaning you need to find the things about your change or idea that mean something to other staff members. For instance, your CFO wants to know how much it will cost, how much it could save in time and resources... read more
Sep 10, 2014
For many, if not all, small to medium size nonprofit organizations, budgeting means more than allocating money to different events and programs for the next fiscal year. Yes, that's important, but looking outside the box will wind up saving your organization money, even if what you are changing doesn't directly deal with dollars and cents. Chances are, your nonprofit's staff of let's say 10 people, is responsible for much more than what their job title would lead others to believe. From experience, anyone with a little more knowledge on a specific topic or task will more than likely get tasked with completing that objective for the organization until someone else comes along that knows more than them, and so on. This leads staff members to wear a number of hats each day, and that's fine. Many... read more
Sep 10, 2014
#FoundationChat is a tool for foundation professionals to use to communicate with one another and learn about best practices, common problems, and solutions to issues they may face day-to-day and beyond. This chat is also a way for those in the nonprofit community to learn how to write better grants and, more importantly, learn more about the foundations they communicate with to build a strong, long lasting relationship. Our first #FoundationChat (Friday September 26th at 2pm) will focus on Community Outreach issues, successes, and techniques for creating better communication with nonprofits and the public. Following along by using the hashtag #FoundationChat   Question 1: What are some problems foundations face when getting the word out about their mission? Question 2: How can foundations overcome... read more

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