Balancing the Mission Checkbook

The Innovation Sector

Innovation is essential to community and economic health. You often hear about innovation coming from the tech community—but what about in our sector? Nonprofits are constantly creating new solutions to old problems, and new ways to deliver those solutions. That’s innovation. Let’s ignite the conversation about how our state and region can continue to innovate and improve.  Following are some nonprofits doing truly innovative work in our community. 

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Join the NAF Team! Program Director Position

Nonprofits Assistance Fund is excited to welcome a new Program Director to our team. If you are interested in nonprofit financial management, committed to building strong relationships and have prior teaching or training program delivery experience, we'd love to talk with you. Applications are due August 31, 2015. A full description of the position can be found here

Clear the Fuzzy Thinking About Nonprofit Reserves

When I want to push nonprofit leaders to think about finances more comprehensively than their annual budget, I have a simple exercise that I use:

Imagine that a surprise gift arrives at your organization from a loyal and honorable donor, with no restrictions or strings attached, equal to 20% of your annual budget. What would you do with this windfall?

Communication is Key to Financial Leadership

If you’ve ever read anything about leadership development, you are well aware of how crucial communication is for leaders. They need to articulate their vision, discuss strategy, woo donors, and motivate staff. We know the difficult consequences that can arise when communication breaks down and how leaders often need to over-communicate in tough times to help turn things around.

Are you a mission cruncher?

In moments of indiscretion, some people have referred to me as a number cruncher. I understand. For non-finance folks, it’s easy to have the perception that those of us who work in nonprofit finance spend our days poring over formulas and spreadsheets (which, let’s be honest, is partially true). But the reality is, our passion for this work is driven by the missions of the nonprofits we serve and the broader causes they’re supporting.

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