Doing things differently in government

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

The reason I’m blogging about it is since I see a similarity to what is currently going on in government (i.e. The cutbacks are coming and everyone is worried about how they are going to get the same things done with less money. A few examples: Empowerment: The amount of pure “command and control” operations I have seen as a consultant for government in this town (Ottawa) is quite unfortunate. Two weeks ago I managed to seriously fracture my humerus bone.

Canadian Government & the Mobile Space in 2012

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Back in early 2011, I created a collaborative Google Spreadsheet (available at ) to compile a list of Canadian government organizations (federal, provincial , municipal +crown/agency) that have created mobile websites and/or mobile apps. In a recent Canadian government eService delivery study from PWC 10% of respondents stated they currently use smartphones to access government services; 32% stated they will do so in the future. *

How to manage up in your fundraising job

Wild Woman Fundraising

I have since become a Board Source Certified Governance Trainer and in a few weeks I’m going to go ahead and become an AFP Master Trainer. Kishshana, go out there and get the money. Like money would just magically happen when I left the building. Was money hard for you?

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About the Nonprofit's Governing Documents, Especially the Bylaws and How They Can Be A Powerful Tool for the Organization's Success

Seeking Grant Money Today

The Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation are the two governing documents that any nonprofit must create when it is being started up, and then it must have on hand as it conducts its business over the life of the organization. Instead, this post is merely educational: an introduction to what documents govern nonprofit organizations in a general overview, and it gives some instances (not all) in which they maybe either necessary or helpful and how so.

Is your nonprofit a “safe bet”? Let’s Get Dangerous!

Wild Woman Fundraising

They want to see that you have a lot of money and that you are a “safe bet.&# For most, though, the answer about goals is, effective and efficient strategies with measurable outcomes is the operative goal. The trouble is, they have most of the money now. Do you take risks?

Segmenting Audiences for Social Media Engagement

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Unfortunately, for most government organizations, a comprehensive market segmentation study is rarely a top priority. As a taxpayer, I want to see my money spent well and optimized for maximum effectiveness and efficiency.

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Are you a BFF?

Fundraising Coach

He just wanted to find the money. But in the long run, the Law of the Farm governs all areas of life." You'll be shocked to find that you are actually more efficient. As Stephen Covey used to say, "With people, if you want to save time, don't be efficient.

#Interview: Mike Kujawski, VP at the Centre of Excellence for Public Sector Marketing, Blogger & Speaker on Social Media

Non Profit Marketing 360

MIKE: No, definitely different, but there is this common theme of wanting to do social good – not pushing a product or service down people’s throats with the sole aim of making money. So it’s a Catch 22 – government wants to innovate, but yet it wants to avoid failure at all costs.

This is a tremendous opportunity-Interview with Andy Robinson

Wild Woman Fundraising

A lot of people who were sitting on the sidelines jumped in, and they’re giving money. People have this fear like when there’s an emergency, people give money to the emergency and don’t give to my group. There was a strong correlation between people who give time and give money.

How Donors Choose Among Nonprofits: The Role of Identity

The Agitator

Donors’ perceptions of charity competence, notably the efficiency with which they are believed to use their money, often judged on the basis of the quality and quantity of direct mail. There’s an old joke at the right that often feels like nonprofit marketing.

The state of the nonprofit sector? Not so hot.

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Over the next twelve months, 39% plan to change the main ways they raise and spend money. • Nonprofits that receive government funding face particular challenges: • Only 14% of nonprofits receiving state and local funding are paid for the full cost of services; just 17% of federal fund recipients receive full reimbursement. 39% have upgraded technology to improve organizational efficiency. •

5 New Steps to get you closer to that major gift, grant or sponsorship

Wild Woman Fundraising

Wouldn’t you like to have an easier time raising money? Just as a quick reminder, productivity measures a combination of efficiency, how fast you can do it, and at how low a cost you can do it, and effectiveness. Make money.

Measuring nonprofit effectiveness and what’s next for GuideStar

Wild Woman Fundraising

And it’s valuable for donors to see where nonprofits are spending their money. We want donors to look at nonprofits in four key areas, leadership, transparency, results and governance. Lindsay J.K. Nichols. Interview recording here: Transcript below: Mazarine Treyz: Hi Lindsay!

Social Enterprise is Foxy

Fundraising Breakthroughs

The bothersome thing is that this foxy social enterprise thang (scroll down to the tune by Hot Chocolate) tends to emphasize business innovation or the franchise business-flavored nonprofit model (overly simplified: a relatively straightforward program scaled fast and all over, with big startup investment from government or tech money) over any other nonprofit models that, even if small or local, can work. Inspired by an article by Nell Edgington on

Careers in Fundraising: David Lalka

A Small Change

Further, this work allows me to advance the cause of “independent” solutions to personal and cultural issues over against government solutions. It is true: “there is no limit to the amount of money that can be raised if you do not care who gets the credit.”

What millennials and boomers really think - and what that means to your cause

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

A good summary of the prevailing sentiment is this quote: “My hope is that society will become more family oriented than government oriented.” Most leaders - whether from governments, companies and nonprofits - are seen as falling short.

Doomsday Has Been Rescheduled, But What About The Donations Raised for It?

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According to CNN Money 's article (found on Yahoo Finance 's June 1), Doomsday believer donates entire inheritance to Family Radio , Doris Schmitt, an elderly American lady, left in her will $25,000 to Family Radio. Eileen Heuwetter, t he executrix of the will, who is also Schmitt's niece, was saddened to hear of the large sum of her aunt's money going to the group. Family Radio did not respond to [CNN Money's] requests for comment."

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Are nonprofits recovering with the economy? Survey says…

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Nearly half of these groups also reported a 5-year decline in government funding. According to the survey, in the next 12 months: 31% will change the main ways in which they raise and spend money. 48% invested money or time in professional development. 40% upgraded hardware or software to improve organizational efficiency. You’ll also miss opportunities to take advantage of new technology and gain efficiencies.

Acquisition: Asking The Wrong Question

The Agitator

As Tom noted yesterday: “Virtually all charities face the challenge of financing the ‘money losing’ front-end investment required in most instances for prospecting. Rather what should matter to donors is impact and efficiency, good old-fashioned ‘bang for the donor’s buck’.

Plan for Your Nonprofit's Coming Fiscal Year for Both the Organization's Welfare and Growth, and For Each Program's and Project's Success

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In order to be effective, efficient, and economical a nonprofit''s leadership wants to plan for each and all nonprofit operation in the coming year well in advance. For Each Program: End of Program Follow Up/Gather and Review Lessons Learned/Study Improvements/Implement Viable Improvements Evaluation Methods - How Can A Nonprofit Use Them To Raise More Money More Often. The calendar year is coming to an end soon and so, too, will many nonprofits'' fiscal years.

Mission-Based Thinking - Why It Matters, Especially Today - Why It Works, And Examples of It Enabling Organizations That Use It

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The reason why it matters to governments whether alleged charities in their jurisdiction spend less than 70% of each dollar raised (or more - which Oregon is trying to dissuade) on overhead rather than its mission is simple - a charity operates at no profit in order to do something (as described by the charity, itself, when it incorporates and receives official charity designation from the state(s) in which it will operate and from the Internal Revenue Service in order to raise tax free dollars).

Is Your Nonpnrofit Providing Enough Or Too Many Programs? Too, How Does A Start Up Nonprofit Know How Many Programs To Open With?

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Is enough money truly going to be raised this year and next year to confidently operate the organization and all of its programs? Is there enough expertise and talent on the organization''s board and among its staff to be effective in an efficient manner for all of the programs provided? It doesn''t make for effective or efficient programs or nonprofits. You want to stay on mission and remain efficient and effective.

Recommendations for mHealth Stakeholders

Social Marketing and Social Change

A new report contains a set of recommendations for mHealth policy-makers (including governments, health NGOs and regulators); telecommunications operators; systems integrators, manufacturers and technology providers; and healthcare providers and insurers to enable innovation in mobile health that can transform healthcare in both the developing and the developed world.

Co-creating the Social Marketing Discipline and Brand

Social Marketing and Social Change

That is, social marketing is the application of marketing principles to shape markets that are more effective, efficient, sustainable and just in advancing people's well-being and social welfare.

The Roles A Nonprofit's Founder May Hold During the Life Cycle or Growth of the Organization

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The reason why is no one person can do everything necessary to design, deliver, support, sustain, and grow a successful nonprofit (one that achieves the goals of its mission efficiently and ethically). Which other government agencies, nonprofits, companies, etc. Perhaps, if Bill finds out during his initial needs investigation that Meals On Wheels is doing what he initially considered doing through the new organization and they doing it very well, efficiently, and are reputable.

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The Nonprofit That Understands That Without A Strong Relationship With It's Community, It Stumbles - Is the Nonprofit That Succeeds

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in an efficient, ethical, honest, skilled, current, and effective manner - over time they will eventually languish (as an operation) if not altogether close. Proactively spend money on public relations and marketing (even if it's a small amount, annually, for each) and consider it overhead expense for any one of the organization's operations: fundraising, program development, board recruitment, etc.

A Hearty Warning That A Second And Perhaps Worse Economic Collapse Looms, Nonprofits

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Roubini's concern is world governments won't have enough resources, if another (and if larger) collapse occurs to either stave it off or rebound from it easily. As we nonprofit organizations are vital, efficient, and effective mechanisms of delivery of solutions for our respective communities - we must engage our local, state, and even federal representation either as united bodies (perhaps on local or state levels) and talk.

Emergency Grants

Seeking Grant Money Today

Legitimate grants for individuals are usually only given by governments, municipalities, Tribes, etc. In other words, your organization is not in crisis (facing having to fold or close permanently); your organization has endured an unforeseeable expense that has drastically reduced your budget for the quarter (or time being); and the organization expects to recover (operate efficiently) after this hiccup. Turning to the press to raise money is risky.

Charity Navigator's 2013 Nonprofit Salary Study Findings Got A Gawker Writer 'Shot' When Really, Nonprofit Employees Should Insist Nonprofit Leaders Attract and Retain Employees By Operating and Fundraising Better

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The public, too, ought to consider that the nonprofit sector both provides support to (in services and programs often at lower or no costs to clients), and nonprofits inject money into local economies. Nonprofits operate best with educated, current, credentialed, talented, reputable hires who hopefully stick around (so the organization does not burn through money and resources, unnecessarily due to a high turnover rate). Probably according to all states'' governments, too.

What's The Trick Nonprofits Successfully Raising Funds, Even In This Economy Use to Create Their Success? Planning. All About The Development Plan That Works.

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In order to raise funds effectively and operate efficiently (especially in this economy) nonprofits plan out their coming fundraising or development work. The number one tool any nonprofit leader has to accomplish true efficiency is planning and that includes planning out the nonprofit's fundraising for the coming year or two (depending on the organization's preference).

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Considering Or Beginning A Grant Writing Program? Here's Some Help.

Seeking Grant Money Today

Getting informed and learning (having people to do the work who have the skills) to write grant proposals will put your nonprofit (even as a newbie to grant writing) ahead of other applicant agencies that did not take the time, and over time your agency will raise more grants earlier and waste less time and money, overall. In other words - does your nonprofit provide real, current, efficient, and successful assistance?

What Are Grant Donors Looking For & Funding, Today?

Seeking Grant Money Today

If a nonprofit can't both demonstrate the need, potential, and expected outcome of the project that it is asking for grant money for - then grant donors can turn to another nonprofit's more planned and viable project because it is potentially more likely to be successful and what donor (who thinks, really more like an investor, today) doesn't want to put their money where it's most likely to provide real positive results for the community?

How to Use Marketing, Affordably, To Increase A Nonprofit's Numbers of New Grant Donors

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How can a nonprofit that is brand new to grant writing be as effective and efficient in its grant writing work as possible? Third, save your organization time and money by hiring a professional grant writer after you and your staff have written and firmed up a final draft of an initial grant proposal. This, in part, is why prospecting and really knowing each potential grant donor that your organization is going to apply to helps (save time and money).

How Any Nonprofit Can Raise More Support, Acquire the Best Talent, Strive, and Grow.

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Each nonprofit, in order to receive its community's trust and support, must always be effective, relevant, and efficient in all of its operations, but especially in the services and programs it provides in order to achieve the goal of its mission statement. other nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, schools, etc.),

The Southern Oregon Historical Society Has Raised Some Eyebrows. What Could They Have Done Differently?

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Nonprofits sometimes offer us interesting news, like, Indian Artifacts A Tough Sell for SOHS published December 4, 2011 by the Southern Oregon region's Mail Tribune and written by Damian Mann which details another example of a nonprofit's leadership making a decision to raise money through a method that has others in the museum's community at large, concerned. If money were no object, it would be a different story," she said. "We Besides, she said, there is no money to do so. "“I’m

Here's The New Tax Form You'll File For 2008 Reporting

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In Seeking Grant Money Today I wrote "The New Tax Form You'll Have To File." This situation was indicative of a real issue: the reporting required via federal tax filings was not informative enough for the government (and others) to SEE what a given nonprofit does/doesn't do with its money for its mission statement. In its final state, the form reflects the government's and responding American nonprofit organizations' suggestions, goals, issues, and concerns."

Wow, What A Shock. Another Example of Piss Poor Fundraising.

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To get to the point, if you want to raise money now and tomorrow - you must be ethically managing the organization and overseeing its operations, health, and vitality. In the short term, the museum can use new donors and a new line of credit to make up the hole left by the stolen money and the money that hasn't arrived from the city of Bellevue , Baldwin said." A Bellevue Arts Museum staffer was embezzling their money. What frick'n non profit doesn't need money?!

What Does A Nonprofit Do That's Facing Being Taxed?

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As nonprofits by definition do not make any profit whatsoever, most states and municipalities (like the federal government) have not taxed nonprofits operating in their jurisdiction because these organizations provide services, products, and other benefits in the public's interest (arguably adding to any state or town's infrastructure, economy, and quality of life) at no profit. nonprofit makes money paying dividends or other forms of profit to owners, shareholders, or investors.

Why It Matters What The Public Thinks of A Nonprofit & How to Check

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Much stress, wasted resources and money, and time can be saved; in fact, numbers of donors and numbers of donations; new volunteers; and even the number of truly talented professionals that your organization would wish to consider when hiring can be increased by proactively managing one’s organization’s reputation and image, among the general public. What will be effective at efficiently fixing each issue? What does the general public think about your nonprofit organization?

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Pressing our buttons.

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

A fundraiser" goes on: Nonprofits weren't the ones that forced the government to pass Sarbanes-Oxley reform, yet we now spend the time and money to do our national duty and restore trust after corporate businesses destroyed public trust. He might be surprised to learn how professional and efficient the nonprofit sector really is. Stewart James, of Inside Collin County Business , writes that: American's trust and confidence in nonprofits is alarmingly low.

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Take That Nonprofit's Grant Writing To The Next Level

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Any organization who has been raising grants (or any nonprofit considering beginning grant writing) is investing in its mission statement, organizational plans (and potential), and also its ability to successfully raise grant money. effective, efficient, professional, ethical, modern fundraising methods, paradigms, and tips) a committee of board members can begin to plan to implement the new fundraising method (before it is started).

Tough Decision Made In The Best Interest Of Constituents May Be A Good Solution In This Economy

Seeking Grant Money Today

Keeping with the difficult economy that nonprofits are facing we are taking a temporary break from discussing grant writing, specifically, in Seeking Grant Money Today , to provide nonprofits with what we're calling "free consultations" right now. Each of the following address either increasing income, saving more money, or cutting back costs.