How to Implement Strategic Inquiry at Your Nonprofit in 5 Steps
Using the example of an educational nonprofit, this article presents five steps nonprofits can take to implement strategic inquiry including building board support, listening to community, research, broadening networks, and sharing the journey.
Performance Appraisals Are Broken — Here’s How Managers Can Fix the Process
Neither supervisors nor employees think that the current process for performance appraisals is working. In this article, our author uses her experience as a trainer and coach with more than 2,000 managers, direct service staff, board members, and other volunteers to present a 6-pointed, human-centered approach that supervisors can use to fix the performance appraisal process.
Re-evaluating the Great Resignation
To understand how resignation trends impacted nonprofits, sector leaders must look below the headline figures to understand employee motivations.
Working Through Grief: How to Build a Supportive Workplace
It can be difficult to know how to support employees who are grieving or experiencing grief as the result of a loved one dying. Done insensitively and without forethought and training, managers and colleagues can come across as uncaring and even complicit in a conspiracy of silence that deprives people of the support that work can offer in times of mourning.
ESG is Everywhere. Should It Matter to Nonprofits?
Nonprofits can learn from the for-profit sector’s efforts on ESG and begin to think about how these corporate strategies can apply to their work as well.
Fundraising and Public Speaking
10 concepts that both public speaking and fundraising have in common: Goal setting, knowing your audience, visualizing success, and paying attention to the details.
Ask Rita: I’ve Never Fired Anyone Before — and Now I Have To!
In this edition of Blue Avocado’s Ask Rita column, we answer a reader’s question about how to handle termination of employment at their nonprofit properly and with due regard for all concerned.
Using the Sensory Funnel to Improve Nonprofit Efficacy and Productivity
Have you ever been too tired to function or experienced the sensation of being hangry? When our basic needs are unmet, we cannot perform at our best. This is also true of our nonprofits, and without the right tools and understanding, the problem can go undiagnosed and unresolved. Understanding the sensory funnel can help nonprofits better take care of their employees and volunteers.
Nonprofit Mergers & Collaboration
See how one nonprofit merged with another and learn concrete steps nonprofit EDs and boards can use in their decision-making process.
A Case Study on Building a Nonprofit Donor Campaign
A case study that shows how valuable hard and soft data can be used to turn around declining contributions, and build stronger relationships with donors.