I love volunteers . . . I really do!

I love volunteers - when I started in nonprofit years ago I was that volunteer working a 50-hour-a-week corporate job who went home and worked another “full-time job” by volunteering for a nonprofit. Looking back, I don’t know how I did it - but I was super passionate about the mission (and single at the time!). Better yet, there were probably 10-15 other core volunteers working alongside the team - their energy really catapulted the mission and organization through those initial sticky start-up processes and early years.

But, once the organization was fully up and running with a few full-time staff members, I found it increasingly harder to use volunteers. There were timing issues, not-quite-the best-fit issues, and areas where well-meaning volunteers lacked expertise. I struggled with this - aren’t nonprofits built off the backs of volunteers?

Nonprofit Form 990: Friend or Foe?

When I started in nonprofit years ago I had no idea what a Form 990 was - all those numbers and check-boxes seemed like a lot of painful information for someone to fill out. Frankly, I didn’t understand what most of it meant. I’ve put off filing because of “more important” business and have admittedly filed a few extension myself.

But that was before I understood the importance of this little gem of a document.


You’re on a mission. When running a nonprofit feels more like running a business.

You are a subject-matter expert. You can do these programs in your sleep.

Honestly, this is one of the most inspiring parts of my job! I get to teach and coach you, who are an absolute industry-expert, how to grow your nonprofit to support your mission. I’m lucky enough to be the student at times - learning about a problem in the world and how you are solving it! As fun as it is for me to be able to come alongside and support you as you grow your organization, this is often a stress point for many Executive Directors.

Quick-fix fundraising? It’s time to invest your energy elsewhere.

The ways, means, and methods you can fundraise in 2019 are endless, aren’t they?

We have it all.

The campaigns and peer activism are creative and never-ending: give-your-birthday, Mother’s day, grow a beard, have a garage sale, bake sale, run a really long distance, create art and give proceeds, host a dinner party, host an “un-event” where nobody comes, organize a board-game night, plan a casino night, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, and eating contests (oh my!)...and then we must not forget the ice-bucket challenge.

2019 is YOUR Year!

Thankful to be featured on The A Group podcast! Here’s what we’re talking about:
Sadly, nonprofit organizations that don’t embrace change are sure to fall behind, plateau, or, worse yet, deteriorate. So, what can you do and change to ensure your revenue is growing each year to support your mission and programs? As January 1 approaches, we're talking about safeguards to put in place to ensure change initiatives stick and greatly impact the revenue to our organizations. Take a listen!