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How Do You Know When to Go Pro?

Posted by Gary Romano on Jun 6, 2018 10:02:00 AM

Finding top-notch talent is a continual challenge for any nonprofit leader. Our nation’s currently-low unemployment rate means stiffer competition for a smaller pool of potential candidates. Furthermore, the limited funding afforded to most nonprofits makes it difficult to offer the pay and other benefits to attract leading prospects. The challenge is compounded by the fact that many nonprofit organizations have a very small (or nonexistent!) human resources staff to dedicate the process of seeking new talent.

When a client has a critical senior position that comes open such as CEO or Executive Director, or a very hard-to-fill position, such as Director of Development, we are often asked if they should attempt to recruit for the position themselves or spend the time and money to hire a professional recruiter for the job.

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Topics: talent, recruiting, nonprofit

When to hire- the hardest decision a leader has to make

Posted by Gary Romano on May 25, 2018 2:00:59 PM

Growing an organization is a challenge that every leader has to address sooner or later.

Finding and securing the right talent in response to growth is among some of the most difficult, yet critical decision making a leader faces. These decisions can cause stress and even cost your organization significant amount of money if they aren’t made well.

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Topics: talent, recruiting, nonprofit

THE PEMBERTON METHOD, OR HOW TO SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT

Posted by Gary Romano on May 22, 2018 11:46:00 AM

Fundraising is a perennial challenge for nonprofit executive directors and CEOs. The typical cycle is: you have a number of projects, you’re very busy, and so fundraising slacks off. Then you wake up at 3:00 a.m. one morning realizing all of the projects you have are sun-setting, so you panic and begin to search for new funders anywhere you can find them- no matter how long the shot. Everything else, including current projects, staff issues, and operations, is set aside to get new funding in the door. Before you know it, you’re back to having so many projects at once that you let your pipeline of funding languish again. As a result, you’re feeling like a hamster on a wheel. Yet there’s an even darker scenario as your projects sunset—you cannot find replacements, and you soon find yourself without revenue and you have to close your doors.

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

Your Board is Never 100%

Posted by Gary Romano on May 18, 2018 11:49:00 AM

There’s a pervasive myth in the nonprofit world that I like to call the “uber” board. Nonprofit leaders have all heard of it—this incredible body of selfless individuals constantly doing it all - fundraising, advising, leading, volunteering, and supporting. You’re often told in person and via field literature that this is the board you must have, anything less, and your board isn’t fully functional, it is perhaps even dysfunctional, and it reflects on you as a nonprofit leader.

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

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