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Gary Romano

Gary Romano
Gary Romano is an award-winning strategist, author, and advisor for nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs whose work has helped grow national and regional organizations, move startups to stable state, and bring new ideas to market. He is the published author of two books, Small But Mighty, which is helping entrepreneurs to launch and grow nonprofit consultancies, and Lean Recruitment, an innovative system to cost-effectively recruit talent. Gary is a SHRM Certified Senior Professional and has a Master’s in Urban Affairs and Planning and a Bachelor’s in Political Science. Gary is a history buff with multiple published magazine articles on ancient strategy and an ever-growing collection of Greek and Roman coins.
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Intellectual Property 101: A Quick Intro for Nonprofits

Posted by Gary Romano on Jun 25, 2019 8:15:00 AM

We hear a lot about intellectual property (affectionately called IP) in  every sector. I almost wrote “except the nonprofit sector,” but that’s no longer the case. In the past two to three years, it’s beginning to pop up more and more—as a recognition of the valuable ideas, services, and concepts that mission-driven organizations are generating across the US and the world.

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Topics: Insider, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, strategy, business models

Are you ready for that fundraising conversation?

Posted by Gary Romano on May 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

I remember my first big fundraising ask. I was an all-too-young Director of Development for a regional human services organization, Westcare. In just a few short months there, I had propelled their grant fundraising to new heights, allowing the organization to meet their goals for service that the leadership thought they would never reach.  

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Topics: Coaching, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, fundraising, strategy

The Place for Profit in a Nonprofit world

Posted by Gary Romano on Mar 5, 2019 8:47:00 AM

It’s time we talked about one of the taboo topics of the nonprofit world: the topic of “profit.” One thing I have learned over my career is that if you’re going to have a viable organization, you’ll need to get used to the word. In fact, this is one of the most important concepts that everyone in the organization, regardless of their role, needs to consider in their decision-making process.

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Topics: Coaching, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, fundraising, strategy, business models

The Power of No

Posted by Gary Romano on Feb 11, 2019 9:39:00 AM

We can find it very easy to feel consumed by our jobs, especially as nonprofit leaders. If you’re like me, you’re extremely passionate about executing your mission, one you consider crucial in today’s world. Yet you may also feel there’s never enough time to do it all, and fires constantly popping up further increase your time demands. Your job’s pull can quickly take over all your time – both professional and personal.

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Topics: Coaching, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know

Business Models: Who, What, Why, and How

Posted by Gary Romano on Oct 29, 2018 8:40:00 AM

Recently, a very wise person (our very own Alison LaRocca) stated, “Business models are the new strategic plan.” I agree—but even more than a strategic plan, a business model is how your whole enterprise will function now and in the future. It clearly encapsulates everything you do, from fund-raising to delivering services in your community.

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Do you have a hiring problem?

Posted by Gary Romano on Oct 11, 2018 10:48:00 AM

All too common  story ... I was recently working with the leader of a nonprofit organization who is talking about his latest dilemma: a mid-level manager who is exiting the organization, and both this manager and he were upset.  He was disappointed that the manager was leaving but didn’t think she had lived up to her potential. On the flip side, the manager felt resentful, believing she was hired for a very different job than the one she was required to perform.

When the leader asked me for my advice on what to do next, I suggested the departure is probably mutually beneficial. In truth, both leader and manager would not be able to reconcile. The challenge wasn’t a typical human resources issue about compensation, communications, or relationships.

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Topics: talent, recruiting, nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, jobs

Gary Romano, from The Mighty Blog is featured on Staffing Startup TV

Posted by Gary Romano on Aug 9, 2018 1:17:47 PM

I recently was invited as a guest on Staffing Startup TV- the leading podcast for recruitment entrepreneurs. Dee Williams asked some compelling questions that will help you learn how we created the system, how it works, and why the uptake has been so swift.

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Topics: talent, recruiting, What every CEO and ED should know, strategy

The Evaluation Trap - A Way Out

Posted by Gary Romano on Jul 25, 2018 9:12:00 AM

When Executive directors and CEOs of nonprofit organizations share their greatest challenges with me, the list of common frustrations can include- fundraising, board development, and effectively managing personnel.    When I start to focus on how to overcome their biggest obstacles, these senior managers begin to realize that one of the biggest hurdles they face was not even on the list, yet it is integral part of all the challenges facing them. The need for data.  The need for data leads directly into the “evaluation trap”.  The good news is there is a solution to this trap, most of nonprofit leadership is simply not aware of it.

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Topics: nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, rapid evaluation, evaluation

The Evaluation Options Pros Never Tell You About

Posted by Gary Romano on Jul 24, 2018 1:52:42 PM

And it wont' blow your budget...

When I am speaking to nonprofit professionals, the conversation usually turns to the mission of their organization and the impact it has on the community.  The big question is not how can an organization measure their impact and communicate it to private foundations, government ag encies and the community, but on how can they afford not to?  An independent evaluation has benefits that cannot be ignored, it can prove the program is meeting its mission, demonstrate that the benefits of the nonprofit are being effectively received, and quantify the impact of resources. 
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Topics: nonprofit, What every CEO and ED should know, rapid evaluation, evaluation

Tips When Seeking a New Hire

Posted by Gary Romano on Jun 14, 2018 9:30:00 AM

When seeking a new hire, a nonprofit has concerns that may differ from a potential hire in the corporate world. Nonprofit professionals can be faced with non-traditional work hours, budget constraints and a diverse group of individuals to serve, such as donors, potential donors, corporate partners, other staffers and the individuals served by the the nonprofit.

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Topics: talent, recruiting, nonprofit

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