In this digital age, the main comment I hear from donors about our book-length nonprofit annual report is that “no one actually reads them, right?” Sadly, it’s true, but like many nonprofits today, we’re adopting new conventions to more effectively communicate with our donors. Succinct annual reports are replacing the old fashion book-length version, and are designed to be a fast read (or view), and more conveniently shared. These pieces are 100% donor-centered and pack an emotional punch meant to create greater impact with less content.
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By Laurence A. Pagnoni, MPA This is part five of a five-part series. To read part one, What Does A Leadership Council Do, click here. To read part two, Defining and Naming Your Leadership Council, click here. To read part three, Four Situations Best Served by Your Leadership Council, click here. To read part four, Establishing Your Leadership Council, click here. Legitimacy is based upon respect through association. It’s similar to the way a prospective employer checks an applicant’s job references. A leadership council is a group of people who effectively say, through their association, “We’ve checked this group’s references and they’re solid.” As you
By Laurence A. Pagnoni, MPA In the Trump era I expect federal funding for nonprofit social service agencies to all but come to a halt. However, there is optimism for an increase in grants from private foundations and gifts from donors of significant net worth. However, vying for these funds will be more competitive than ever and I am absolutely sure of one thing: A nonprofit’s survival needs do not constitute a sound argument for raising money. To say that “We need money to survive” is a defensive statement. Instead, talk to your donors and funding partners about golden opportunities to