August 23, 2022
3 ways your board must participate in year-end giving
by Cindi Phallen, contributor, NonProfit Pro

As a wise colleague once told me years ago, philanthropy is a team sport. More hands-on deck means more money raised. Makes sense.

It’s fair to expect every board member to be involved in fundraising and be accountable for their part. But too often staff try to do it alone. Or board members may be hesitant to join in for a variety of reasons.

Here’s the thing: When you equip boards to confidently participate in your year-end efforts, the results can be amazing. Their voices and connections amplify your work and lead to even greater mission impact during the time of year when most philanthropy occurs.

But where to start? Here are three ways your board members can participate in order to achieve best results.

  1. Involve board members in the planning. Now I get it — staff members are the experts at philanthropy. And your board members want to be sure you’re having the greatest impact, so are you allowing them to influence your planning? Do you have a philanthropy committee or task force or ad-hoc group to work alongside staff in the planning of your year-end strategy?

Imagine if you empowered the board to review last year’s data with you and be part of the goal setting.

  • Not just the financial goals, but what about retention goals? 
  • Is your case for support clear and compelling?
  • Will you focus on converting current donors to monthly donors?
  • Will you have a strong multichannel campaign laid out?
  • Will you determine if Giving Tuesday is an effective strategy? 
  • Is your donation page on your website easy to navigate and focused on the right things?

Upskilling: Coming to an employee near you
by Jeremy York, vice president, talent strategy and success, Purple Ink

It’s no secret that finding skilled people in today’s job market is like searching for a four-leaf clover or a needle in a haystack. We have entered a time where there are jobs, jobs, jobs, but not enough skilled workers to fully staff our organizations. If our experiences today haven’t taught us the value of the people we have, I don’t know what other lesson will.

Organizations have quickly learned that investing in their people is one of the only ways to fill job vacancies that require a higher level of capabilities with the right people — people that already know the business, understand the culture, and in most cases want to be at work. So why not look at these workers as prime candidates for other positions within the organization? Insert upskilling here.

Upskilling is the new buzzword for teaching workers new skills to bridge skills gaps. It focuses on continuous learning by providing training programs and development opportunities to grow employees’ abilities, ultimately lessening skill gaps that slow down the achievement of organizational objectives.

The great thing about upskilling is that it looks at people’s current skills and helps them improve, expand, and grow those skills. It helps people advance in their jobs and find different roles and opportunities within the company.

So how do we upskill? Great question! Here’s how to take action:

Identify skill gaps. The first step is to identify skill gaps that exist with workers, within job groupings, within departments, etc. This will help you ensure alignment with needs.

Episode 15: Nonprofit Trends and Talent - Purple Ink partnership with Charitable Advisors
Join Bryan as he speaks with JoDee Curtis, President of Purple Ink, a local HR consulting firm that is partnering with Charitable Advisors to bring a broader range of talent solutions to central Indiana nonprofits. Bryan and JoDee review the results from the Spring 2022 Nonprofit Staff Check-in Survey and specifically discuss DEI, Staff retention, and Hybrid work. Listen
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