The key to engaging the public, including donors, is to be effective at telling your organizational story and the story of those you serve. Mind The Gap can help you tell your story, but check out this infographic as a high-level ideas of how it works. Click here to grab the tool.
Infographic: Top 9 Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Executive Director
Nonprofit Executive Directors have a lot of responsibilities. This infographic is a snapshot of the major areas. For more details on each area, contact us or consider taking our Executive Director Boot Camp online course.
In order to stand out in your communications and fundraising, you should attempt to create a Unique Value Proposition Statement. Learn how to do it, here
It’s hard to build your bank account and your volunteer base without a base of people. But how can you grow an email list to activate and build your organization’s power? Click here for our free tool with 44 tips on how to grow your list.
We have a growing number of free and fee-based courses. Courses include beginner and expert content on fundraising, management, board development, LGBTQ Diversity, and media skills. Check out the Non-Profit Fixer School.
This handout explains a few of the ways reporters may try trip up, or trip you up. Misquotes are mostly your fault. Be careful.
One of the biggest complaints of board members is that they never got a proper orientation. Use this checklist to ensure you prepare the right information for all new board members. Click here
Have fun with the classic Ad-Lib style icebreaker. Use this one page form at the beginning of meetings to have a fun and goofy start to any meeting. The "Gala Gone Wild" Bad Lib was designed with everyone's favorite fundraising frustration...Galas!
Is/Is Not Chart
When focusing an organization and building alignment, it is helpful to use an Is/Is Not chart to force tough choices and build consensus. You can do this for programs, events, or the organization itself.
For short little videos about important nonprofit management and fundraising tips, visit our Non-profit Fixer YouTube Channel now. Just click on the Red button at the top right and subscribe.
Although designed for Executive Directors, any nonprofit leader can benefit from keeping a log of their accomplishments when it comes time for your annual review.
Nonprofits should always be on the lookout for new leaders. Sometimes people increase their involvement on their own, but sophisticated organizations spot this behavior and help nudge people along.
Sometimes you need a little color to brighten your planning process. This 18 month planning template in MS word serves as a dashboard for your organization. Feel free to edit as you like.
Diversity is essential for a high performing non-profit organization. Don’t just talk the talk. Here are 12 simple things White leaders can do now for more diversity. Click here
Want to spice up your board meetings?
At Mind the Gap we like to have fun. Did you see our BAD LIBS icebreaker on this page? Well now we want to make board meetings more fun. Download this tool and have some fun with it. Innovate and adapt it for your issue/cause/community. There are 12 pages so your whole board can have a different card!
One of the hardest questions for Executive Directors, has to do with knowing when you have outstayed your welcome. Ego, salary, lurching from big gala to big campaign, etc.
Download this two-page review of the things to consider when facing this decision.
Do you know what competencies to look for in hiring a development director? Do you know how to weight each criteria? Do you want to see through the bull and charm offensive to make a logical decision on whom to hire? Download and adapt this tool!
Anyone who fundraises can benefit from a great visual tool showing them how to raise major gifts. The Fundraising Pyramid shows how to structure the number of gifts you need in a year to hit your goal. Print, use, post, and reuse!
Every nonprofit must have a strong understanding of who does what. When board members and staff cross lines, things get messy. Use this “Get in your Lane” infographic to get your organization in the right roles. Download it here.
The board chair may be the most important role in your nonprofit. This tool can help you make sure that when you recruit or train a chair, these traits are a priority. If you are a chair, use this to develop/measure your own skills.
Board Chairs and Executive Directors need to have a strong relationship. One key way to do this is by having regular bi-weekly check-ins. Here is a structured tool to ensure you are on the same page throughout the year.
Many organizations have a board of advisors but most are underutilized. Here is a list of creative ways to engage your allies in the work of your organization.
Sometimes it is critical for board members to take a good hard look at themselves to adjudicate their own contributions and performance. Use this tool and improve on it. It’s editable.
“Use this database to view summaries of 3 million tax returns from tax-exempt organizations and see financial details such as their executive compensation and revenue and expenses. You can browse IRS data released since 2013 and access over 9.6 million tax filing documents going back as far as 2001.”
What if your executive director quit or died tomorrow? What if your office manager did? Where are the passwords? Why are we locked in a three-year copier lease? What laptops do we own? The Operations Manual is your guide to ensuring everything is in one place. Enjoy this editable version.