As I review charity websites 3 common questions often emerge that, if addressed up front, can help educate the general public and respond to your inquisitive donor and stakeholder. Where is the organization headed? How are resources being used to get there? What leadership team is in place? In response to these questions I have shared some tips to improve web content...
We often say, people are the greatest asset to a charity. Finding great talent requires directing considerable time and energy into budget planning, job postings, interviews and negotiations. And while the employment landscape is constantly changing we have to adapt with it.
There is an abundance of advice about strategy and the how-to's of fundraising, however little time is spent on developing personal qualities, like empathy, patience, integrity, ability to motivate and good listening. These are qualities that can be improved over time and are essential to being an excellent fundraiser.
In 2014 Burger King and 3G International acquired Tim Hortons to form the third-largest restaurant brand in the world. Promises of operating as an independent entity franchisees expected it was, on the most part business as usual. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has always been part of the Tim Hortons DNA long before CSR was ever a thing in the nonprofit or private sector. Charitable contributions could now be in jeopardy....
I wish I could say every charity operates beyond reproach, however there are recent cases where governance volunteers and executive management have failed to be vigilant executing their fiduciary roles and responsibilities. These situations highlight that goodwill is not sufficient and nonprofit leaders need to arm themselves with the knowledge, skills and aptitude when assuming their respective roles.
The principle of equal opportunity or non-discrimination emphasizes that all people, including children, have access to quality education, health care, recreation, sport and resource distribution (e.g. food, shelter, clothing), and other areas irrespective of a person's age, race, sex, religion, ethnic origin, or any other individual or group characteristic. If we believe the principle is the correct one to live by in Canada we ought to be making greater strides to eliminate child poverty.
Sometimes people attempt to meet the needs of family members, employers, children, friends, or society in general before meeting their own needs, and working to please and care for others often interferes with one's self-care routine and can take a toll on a person's well-being.
It takes many people to move a cause forward because every individual performance rests on the combined support of every employee, volunteer and donor. Charities need choirs not rockstars.
I may be an outlier on the debate that charity success should NOT be measured by a percentage of administrative overhead or specifically using the traditional 10% marker. So, let me share some of my thoughts why...
Below are some things we can all do at home and work to shine a light on the volunteers in our lives.