Sandra Hernandes, The TREE Institute

“Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with us small organizations who thrive to make our resources to value two or three times more! As the director of The TREE Institute, which is formed by Latinas/os and works with very low income populations of immigrants, I have been seeking simple and low cost ways to train and develop our Board of Directors. The ‘10…

Guiding More Good: CNS’s Annual Conference

Guiding More Good CNS’s Annual Conference February 2nd, 2019 8:30am – 3:30pm LaSells Stewart Center Oregon State University We look forward to seeing you at CNS’s annual conference! This day-long event hosts a number of expert speakers to provide informative talks and interactive workshops alongside opportunities for networking. The 2019 conference will include fifteen sessions that cover a wide scope of topics such as fund…

Toolbox: Board Member Job Descriptions

PURPOSE AND INSTRUCTIONS The board job description is used to recruit new board members, to remind current board members of their role and responsibility to the organization, and in some cases, to let board members go who cannot discharge their board responsibilities. Therefore, the board member job description should be signed and dated, a copy kept in the board member’s notebook, and another copy kept…

Survey on Board Recruitment and Retention

The Center for Nonprofit Stewardship received a grant from The Ford Family Foundation to uncover barriers to and opportunities for rural board service. One of the chief concerns that emerged from our 2017 client survey—and something that we hear from our rural clients regularly—is an increase in need for directors, but a decrease in resources and people willing to serve. Funding provided by The Ford…

Toolbox: Becoming Your Donor’s Favorite Cause

PURPOSE AND INSTRUCTIONS This exercise will help you identify ways to solidify your relationships with your current donors by making them feel more appreciated, in the know, and included in the work of your organization.  How donors feel about your organization is a strong indicator of whether they will give again or not. Distribute a copy of this handout (available here as a PDF) to…

Matching Gift Challenge—You Can Make Double the Impact

The perfect time to support CNS is now. Don’t let this generous matching donation slip away. Past board members, Robert and Susan Poole, have pledged to donate $25,000 to CNS—if we can raise $25,000 in matching gifts. In order to secure their generous pledge, we need your support! A gift to CNS has a ripple effect that reaches communities throughout the state of Oregon. Your…

Micro-Plans: Marketing with Intention

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, however, developing campaigns at this scale isn’t feasible due to the large investments of time and funding they require. Smaller, micro-campaigns are becoming more commonplace for organizations…

Is your donor the hero of your fundraising story?

By and large, fundraising equates to great storytelling. Stories are how human beings learn and make connections, and studies show information shared through storytelling is better absorbed and evokes more empathy. All too often however, nonprofits make the mistake of confusing fundraising with marketing. Great marketing strategies capture the attention of your target audience; they build people’s confidence in your organization and its services, and…