Nonprofit Operations Blog

Building Your Nonprofit’s Approach to Racial Disparities and Socioeconomic Mobility

Date published: 04/16/2021

People of color and those living in poverty face significant, long-standing barriers to accessing quality primary and mental health care. Among the most common barriers are the high cost of care, lack of adequate insurance coverage, and lack of quality and/or culturally competent care. These challenges directly lead to racial disparities in health and well-being outcomes and are compounded over generations, often blocking the pathway to economic mobility.

How Four Intersecting Pathways Lead to Social and Economic Mobility

Date published: 03/24/2021

“We were convinced that America is a place where even if you’re born with nothing, with a little hard work, you can improve your own situation over time and build something better to leave your kids.” - President Barack Obama

3 Strategies Nonprofits Can Use to Address Socioeconomic Mobility

Date published: 03/10/2021

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.  — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Talking About Systemic Racism in America as a First Step to Change

Date published: 02/24/2021

By Susan N. Dreyfus, former president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Our nation can no longer put off having an authentic and difficult conversation about the realities of systemic racism in America, the inequities facing our neighbors of color, and the impact on our society as a whole.

The Work Ahead to Advance Racial Equity

Date published: 02/10/2021

By John Everett Till, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, The Family Partnership

“Raise your hand if you believe we can end poverty.” 

Reflections and Resources: Helping Nonprofits Move Equity to Action

Date published: 01/27/2021

By Undraye Howard, senior director of equity, diversity, inclusion, and engagement at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the Council on Accreditation

This year, we continue to reflect on the recent and ongoing injustices that took place throughout our country.

Strengthening Your Nonprofit for Virtual Services

Date published: 12/23/2020

For better or worse, the COVID19 pandemic has upended traditional workflows. Companies and nonprofits have switched to remote work and digital services. Many experts say this digital transformation has been brewing for years. Still, the sudden lockdowns across the world in the spring of 2020 became a catalyst for immediate virtualization. 

5 Tips to Tackle Your Nonprofit Budget in Uncertain Times

Date published: 12/09/2020

These are uncertain times. For many nonprofits, this year has been an uphill climb full of unexpected obstacles and detours. So, what happens next?

As you dive into preparations for next year’s nonprofit budget and strategy, weigh the following risks, recalibrate your finances, and explore new ways that incoming funder dollars can support the mission.

Clearly Defining Board Member Roles and Responsibilities

Date published: 11/25/2020

Have you ever found yourself questioning the scope of your board members’ roles? Or perhaps you’ve wondered how to keep your board focused on the big picture instead of getting bogged down in questions about day‑to‑day operations.

If so, you’re not the only one. The board of directors is fundamental to a nonprofit’s existence, yet sometimes a lack of expertise or boundaries means some board members can seem more like liabilities than assets.

When board member roles and responsibilities get murky, it’s important to revisit the purpose of the board and get strategic about meeting some of the challenges the board presents.

Better Together: How Nonprofit Resources Lower Costs & Expand Capacity

Date published: 11/17/2020

As budgets shrink and back‑office functions siphon energy from mission‑critical tasks, many nonprofits staffs are stretched too thin. They simply do not have the resources to give detailed attention to operations. 

Rather than applying quick fixes to staunch the flow of money and time, nonprofit leaders should look for smart ways to maximize their resources. Nonprofit resources can stand in the gap to simultaneously reduce costs and improve efficiency.