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19 Aug
Seeking Beta Testers

I founded The Nonprofit Snapshot with the intention of providing a high-quality, quickly deliverable organizational assessment to nonprofit organizations. It serves as a perfect forerunner to any strategic planning session, board meeting, or in-depth consulting engagement. The Nonprofit Snapshot helps nonprofit organizations examine their overall management practices, and establish their own priorities for growth, sustainability, and risk-management.  

I am very happy to announce that the first round of testing of the Nonprofit Snapshot App is at hand.  We are looking for a handful of consultants across the country to help us test the tool and make improvements for general release.  

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Seeking Beta Testers
10 Aug
Nonprofit SnapCast Seeking Guests

The Nonprofit SnapCast seeks guests. We're always looking for philanthropic and nonprofit professionals to share their wisdom. This time, we're keenly looking for people (maybe HR pros?) who can talk with me about:

  • Nonprofit organizational culture.
  • How funding pressure shapes competition within the organization.
  • Listening & Transparency among nonprofit staff.
  • How to keep staff cooperative, #conflictmanagement skills, etc.

If you or someone you know would care to participate, please drop me a line via the Nonprofit SnapCast Contact Us page. Thank you!

#nonprofits #organizationalculture #humanresources #nonprofitmanagement

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Nonprofit SnapCast Seeking Guests
07 Aug
How to Ask for Money During a Crisis

Recommended Reading from The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Nurture, nurture, and then nurture some more. You’re probably thinking, I don’t have time to nurture. I need the money now. Well, you have staff and board members to help. Just get on the phone, and check in on your volunteers and donors. Check on them. That’s it. If they ask about the organization, see the next section. Keep your organizational family close and their mission fires burning. And don’t be surprised if folks respond with, How can I help?"

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How to Ask for Money During a Crisis
30 Jul
Crowdfunding Update July 2020

Nonprofit Snapshot has been doing a little fund-raising towards the purchase of new hardware and software to facilitate ongoing production of the Nonprofit SnapCast podcast. I am matching every dollar raised with two of my own towards the overall goal. And the goal is close at hand.  Thanks to the generosity we have received via PayPal, we are less than $500 away from success....

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Crowdfunding Update July 2020
22 Jul
Coping With Pandemic: Your Nonprofit Community

How are you doing? Wherever you are, I hope you and yours are successfully navigating the storms that continue to unfold around us. Please drop me a line and let’s check in with each other. In the meantime, I’ve got a few tips & thoughts to share on maintaining and building community during pandemic:

Stay in touch with all your stakeholders.

(But be super quick about it.) Keep your entire “family” in the fold. (In addition to your donors, keep up communications with your clients, staff, volunteers, and community stakeholders.)...

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Coping With Pandemic: Your Nonprofit Community
20 Jul
Why Does My Nonprofit Make This Noise?

Remember that time when you turned on your car and the sound was just… wrong? And the lights on your dashboard may have briefly yelled at you, but you just couldn’t tell if the problem was your alternator or the battery, or maybe a fuel-delivery issue… We’ve all made the “What noise is my car making?” query at least once. Sometimes you can make a best guess at the problem, but more often than not, you’re going to need a mechanic to both make a diagnosis and to properly fix the car. In the nonprofit world...

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Why Does My Nonprofit Make This Noise?
13 Jul
Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift (Part 4 of 4)

This is Part 4 of our "Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift" series.  Last week, we talked about Social Media Buttons and User Friendliness.  This week, we'll talk about ADA Compliance and Updated Technology & Security:

ADA Compliance

The Americans With Disabilities Act Guidelines help orgs create sites that are accessible to the deaf, blind and visually impaired. An ADA compliant website is designed in such a way to facilitate easy navigation by users who use screen readers, text-to-voice or other assistive technologies... 

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Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift (Part 4 of 4)
04 Jul
The Nonprofit CEO Dilemma: How Do I Ask the Board to Improve Its Performance?

Recommended Reading from Nonprofit PRO

“...what happens when this basic underpinning of nonprofit success falters? What if communication is inconsistent or lacking? What if the CEO and board have fundamentally differing understandings of each other’s roles and expectations? What if one partner feels that the other is not pulling their weight?"

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The Nonprofit CEO Dilemma: How Do I Ask the Board to Improve Its Performance?
30 Jun
Office Hours, Nonprofit Snapshot

Welcome!  Nonprofit Snapshot is going to do a brief experiment with Office Hours.  We invite you to sign up for a half-hour session with Mickey Desai to talk about your issues in nonprofit management.  No charge.  Mickey will be available every Monday in July from 11am to noon for a half hour visit to help you and your nonprofit with whatever is on your mind.  This is an experiment to judge interest and feasibility.  Please do tell your peers, and please do join us for one of these sessions in July. 

Sign up here. 

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Office Hours, Nonprofit Snapshot
29 Jun
Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift (Part 3 of 4)

This is Part 3 of our "Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift" series.  Last week, we talked about Visual & Design Trends and Content Relevance and Accuracy.  This week, we'll talk about Social Media Buttons and being Mobile Friendly:

Social Media Buttons

Do you need them? Yes, you need them. Particularly if you have a blog (and you probably should have a blog—but we can talk about why, later). Social media sharing buttons make it easy for your visitors to share your org’s content on every available media channel...

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Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift (Part 3 of 4)
25 Jun
Navigating The Turbulence

At the start of pandemic, the metaphor I used was that it felt like we were all caught in the turbulence of a serious storm. It's such an odd thing to think that the ongoing turbulence might ever feel "normal" again. Even as we may get used to the strangeness, It's clear many of us are still struggling, both on a personal level and perhaps an organizational level. There remains too much uncertainty, too much turbulence remaining in the unknown. The confusion sometimes seems overwhelming, and may even feel hopeless.

But it’s not hopeless... 

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Navigating The Turbulence
21 Jun
Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift (Part 2 of 4)

This is Part 2 of our "Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift" series.  Last week, we talked about Updatable Content and SEO.  This week, we'll talk about:

Visual and Design Trends

I’m one of those people who think that beyond a certain point, aesthetics don’t matter. You can ask three people which font to use and get five different opinions from them. I’ve seen orgs spend way too many man-hours belaboring the choice of color schemes, fonts, and imagery. Don’t get me wrong, I think visual representation of your brand is very important. And if you don’t have a brand-guide, you need one. But...

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Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift (Part 2 of 4)
21 Jun
Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift (Part 1 of 4)

I do not think that every website needs a redesign or a facelift. I have some opinions about websites--opinions that really don’t matter: I think a lot of organizations over-think their web-presence. I think simpler is better. I think it is perhaps good for websites to change their appearance every once in a while. But these are just opinions. Two things are certain:

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Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift (Part 1 of 4)
20 Jun
A Victory for Dreamers at the Supreme Court—for Now

Recommended Reading from Nonprofit Quarterly

“On Thursday, those young people and 700,000 others really had something to cheer about. By the narrowest of margins, and with nothing totally secure (as the administration is free to file suit again), the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration could not end the DACA program and deport these young people who were brought to the US as children by undocumented parents and have known no other home for most of their lives.

"The decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, who was joined by the Court’s more liberal justices, found that the administration’s move to do away with this Obama-era program lacked a sound legal basis. And thus, for one side, celebrations."

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A Victory for Dreamers at the Supreme Court—for Now
18 Jun
Peeking Behind The Curtain, with Mickey Desai

 

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Peeking Behind The Curtain, with Mickey Desai
16 Jun
Marketing / Social Media Intern

Nonprofit Snapshot, LLC is a consultancy offering a variety of assessment and planning services to nonprofit organizations.  Nonprofit Snapshot will soon deploy assessment apps to a national audience of consultants who work with nonprofit entities. 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT

As we approach the next phases of Nonprofit Snapshot’s development, we are looking for a stellar Marketing / Social Media Intern to work with us.  The Intern will work on a semester-long project focused on market research and developing new business targets for Nonprofit Snapshot.  Specific tasks might include: researching potential marketing partners, reaching out to sector influencers, defining portions of marketing strategy, and implementing portions of marketing strategy (including updating social media channels and producing marketing assets if necessary). 

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Marketing / Social Media Intern
21 Apr
The SnapCast and You

Thank you for being a part of the Nonprofit SnapCast family.  I wanted to take a quick minute to ask for your help and input on a couple of things.

1)  We are looking for your suggestions.  Specifically, if you know of someone who would make a good SnapCast guest, or if you have an idea for a subject we should cover on the SnapCast, please visit the Contact Us page on the Nonprofit SnapCast website and tell us.  As you know, we try to keep the podcast to roughly fifteen minutes in length, and we welcome participation from any nonprofit professional who can share their best practices and tips with others in the nonprofit sector.  Topics need not be related to pandemic, though we will continue to produce the occasional Special Episode on crisis management for nonprofits.  

2) Can you put us in touch with grant makers?  SnapCast would like to feature conversations with grant-makers in our efforts to provide solid content to our listeners.  We're especially keen on talking with philanthropic entities that are very active in COVID-19 related efforts.  But in the longer term, we would also like to be speaking with entities who make grants as part of public health initiatives, disaster and emergency management, and other grant-makers in general.  

Thank you for your help!

Once again, here's the link to the SnapCast Contact Us page:
http://nonprofitsnapcast.org/contact-us/

And in addition to the Nonprofit SnapCastwebpage, here's a list of all the places where you can subscribe to the SnapCast:
http://nonprofitsnapcast.org/where-to-find-the-snapcast/

 

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The SnapCast and You
03 Apr
Nonprofit SnapCast & COVID-19

We are pushing more content than ever via the Nonprofit SnapCast. In addition to our regular series on nonprofit management, we are releasing frequent SPECIAL episodes specifically focused on current crisis contingencies and examples of what nonprofits around the country are doing during times of pandemic. The secret? Don't panic. Your mission is still relevant. Check out the SnapCast to hear what others have to say. As we do more recordings, we may publish new SnapCast episodes daily. If you have suggestions or questions, please contact me here. And if you or someone you know has a story to tell on the SnapCast, please contact me via this link. Thank you! I hope you're all safe and sound.

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Nonprofit SnapCast & COVID-19
03 Oct
What If I Am A Lowly Nobody?

A friend wrote, “How do you find board of director openings? What if I am just a lowly nobody?  I feel like board members are ‘somebody.’  Rising executives, or people who give lots of money...”  I was momentarily floored by this sentiment, but quickly understood her feelings. Here's how I attempted to clear up her perceptions:

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What If I Am A Lowly Nobody?
03 Oct
On Starting A Nonprofit

My intent here is not to offend.  My intent is to preserve. But be forewarned (and please forgive me), I’m going to be plain-spoken and forthright.  If you want coddling, you’ll have to find it someplace else.

Since I’ve become somewhat entrenched in the nonprofit sector, it seems I am frequently asked for advice on starting a nonprofit.  Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, my first response is: “Don’t.” 

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On Starting A Nonprofit
15 Apr
Andrew Leonard, LIME Foundation, on Grants and Outcomes (Part 1)
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Andrew Leonard, LIME Foundation, on Grants and Outcomes (Part 1)
16 Jul
Required Minimum Donations?

Sometimes board service comes with a “required minimum donation.” If you serve on the board, it’s your duty to give or get that stated dollar value for the organization.

I think every board should require its directors to make SOME financial contribution to their organization annually. I’m not a fan of specific, required minimums, but I can see why some nonprofits stipulate them. It is not an unacceptable practice. What I prefer is to make it clear that each board member should make their nonprofit their major giving priority for the year (preferably their ONLY giving priority for the year). To drive the point home, I say: If you can write the check without thinking about it, it’s not big enough.

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Required Minimum Donations?
13 Jul
Four Ways to Empower Your Nonprofit Board for Success

Recommended Reading from FundraisingCounsel.com

"While some of these conversations may be difficult to have with a potential or existing board member, doing so could save relationships and set the organization up for maximum success."

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Four Ways to Empower Your Nonprofit Board for Success
11 Jul
Best Sign of a Healthy Nonprofit

Recommended Reading from Joan Garry author of Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership

"What’s The Single Best Sign of a Healthy Nonprofit?"

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Best Sign of a Healthy Nonprofit