Category Archives: Nonprofits

5 Tips for Quickly Designing a Flyer in Word (with GIFs!)

Have you ever been asked to build, or modify, a flyer during your nonprofit career? Whether you’ve worked in program services, volunteer management or development, I’m guessing the answer is yes. It’s certainly happened to me more than a few times!

If you’re Illustrator savvy, this isn’t a big ask. But if not, you’ve probably wondered ‘where do I begin? And WHY can’t we just contract this out to someone else for crying out loud?’ Continue reading

10 Tips for Delivering A Staff Training When You’re NOT A Trainer

In the nonprofit sector, there’s this joke (sort of?) that we are prone to multiple-hat syndrome: instances when we’re asked to do things that fall outside of our job description, to keep things running smoothly. This summer, I’ve definitely fallen victim.

I’ve been tasked with getting my team up to speed on our new CRM software. Though I’ve played a big role in the setup and implementation (already complicated in its own ways), training others presents an ENTIRELY different set of challenges. Continue reading

Here’s the Deal with Salesforce and Nonprofits

I’ve worked with quite a few organizations that use Salesforce, and I’m even helping one organization transition to it now. After years of dabbling in the platform, I’ll quickly say this: I really do love it.

That’s not to say that the system is perfect, or even super intuitive to use. In fact, some of the complaints I’ve heard in the sector is that Salesforce can be clunky and complicated. Nonprofits just want to deliver on their mission and have the data they need to do it effectively. Why then, is Salesforce so difficult to figure out? Continue reading

Planning Your Nonprofit Event

The Nonprofit Event Checklist: How To Plan & Rock Your Next Event

Events are the double-edged sword of the nonprofit world.

For attendees, they can certainly offer an engaging experience. I’ve seen people get inspired watching a student speak about their classroom experience, and I’ve even bawled hearing a keynote explain how kids use karate to cope cancer. When it comes to conveying mission and getting others onboard, there’s no doubt that nonprofit events are a must.

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Migrating to a New Data System? What Leaders Say vs. What Staff Hear

“Our organization is transitioning to a new system in the next few months.”

When a nonprofit leader first utters these words, it can turn our worlds upside down. Sure, you’ve heard the terms ‘CRM’ and ‘Sales force’ before. You may even have friends who mentioned similar instances happening at their organization. Now, it’s your nonprofit’s turn to take the leap. Continue reading

10 Tips As You Approach Your Annual Fundraiser

It’s finally spring and for many of us, things in the sector are beginning to slow down. As warm weather settles in and we start leaving the office earlier, it feels like we can FINALLY relax.

But this is only true for some of us. For others…it’s gala season. Continue reading

5 Excel List Nightmares Any Nonprofit Employee Can Fix

 

No matter which department you work for at your organization, chances are that Excel spreadsheets have touched your life in one way or another.

 

If you’re like me, then you’re eager to dive into that world of cells and formulas. Or, maybe you dread it each time you see an email request with a .csv or .xlsx attachment. Continue reading