The Parking Lot Facilitation Tool

Being respectful of your board members’ time and energy is important to retention. The “parking lot” is a useful facilitation tool for keeping your meetings on track and on time. It allows open issues or ideas not on the agenda to be “parked” for discussion at a later time, keeping the meeting on track. But more importantly, it sends a message that everyone’s contributions are…

Toolbox: Emergency Succession Planning

PURPOSE The purpose of this exercise is to raise your board’s awareness of the need to prepare for a sudden departure or unavailability of a key leader. It should also give you a good start in identifying your current leader’s abilities that are critical to the operation of your organization. INSTRUCTIONS This exercise is in two parts. • Part 1 is designed for your board…

Micro-Plans: Messaging for the Here and Now

A comprehensive marketing plan brings together individual plans for marketing communications, internal communications, and stakeholder communications. They may even take into consideration things like search engine optimization, paid vs. organic traffic, and marketing automation platforms. For many organizations, developing campaigns at this scale isn’t feasible in the best of times due to the large investments of time and funding they require. Smaller, micro-campaigns are a…

Toolbox: Monitoring Your Budget

PURPOSE Once a budget has been adopted, it is important to monitor revenue and expenses throughout the budget cycle to ensure your organization stays within the budget. If revenue or expenses are significantly different than expected, you may need to make adjustments to your budget in mid-year. INSTRUCTIONS Before your board meeting, ask your bookkeeper or treasurer to prepare a Profit & Loss Statement summarizing…

Nonprofit Expert Roundup: What is the most important thing to remember when fundraising?

Every nonprofit, whether they’re brand new and an established organization, has heard a wide variety of advice when it comes to fundraising. Whether seeking funds from private donors or larger foundations, nonprofit staff and board members have a lot to consider. All of the information can be overwhelming, so we asked a variety of nonprofit experts, “What is the most important thing to remember when…

Nonprofit Expert Roundup: What do you predict for the nonprofit sector in 2020?

The nonprofit sector is always in flux. In the new year, Oregon has changes in the laws governing nonprofits (see our tip sheet here). Donations from both individuals and businesses are down. Organizations across the state and the country wonder how this will affect our work. We asked a variety of nonprofit experts, “What do you predict for the nonprofit sector in 2020?” Many of…

Center for Nonprofit Stewardship receives grant from Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation for nonprofit workshops in Klamath County

The Center for Nonprofit Stewardship (CNS) has been awarded a $4,000 grant from Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation (CCUIF) to build stronger nonprofits in Klamath County with training workshops, advice, and other support. CNS’s Nonprofit Learning Series in Klamath Falls will include three half-day workshops held every other month from July to November. Each half-day workshop will consist of three hours of curriculum on board…

What to expect at Guiding More Good 2020

Registration for our 16th annual conference, Guiding More Good, is now open! This day-long event for nonprofit boards, staff, and volunteers provides informative talks and interactive workshops alongside opportunities for networking. Click the button below to see the full schedule, registration rates, and workshop descriptions. February 29, 2020 9:30am – 5:00pm CH2M HILL Alumni Center, OSU Corvallis, OR The Center for Nonprofit Stewardship is always…

What Small Nonprofits Need to Know about #GivingTuesday

Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been known as #GivingTuesday. This annual day of giving, recognized around the world, serves to bring attention to philanthropy and encourage generosity after the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While many organizations debate the return on investment of #GivingTuesday efforts, it can’t be ignored that donations made on this day are increasing. In 2017, #GivingTuesday donations…

Toolbox: Building Trust with Incoming Leadership

PURPOSE AND INSTRUCTIONS The purpose of this exercise is to help your board transition seamlessly from one leader to the next by building trust. Whether using this activity with an incoming executive director or board president, identifying ways to capitalize on opportunities and culture changes will keep your board and staff on track to meet their strategic objectives. Distribute a copy of this handout (available…