Your ability to quickly reset your organization’s overall financial situation after COVID-19 will likely depend on attracting significant philanthropy. While all arms of your organization will make difficult sacrifices, your advancement team may be key to protecting your organization’s long-term viability, and you must work closely with leadership to assess, rethink, and reset critical staffing decisions.
As colleges and universities continue to work through the acute phase of the coronavirus crisis, Aspen Leadership Group saw a need to reach out to Vice Presidents to talk peer-to-peer and share challenges, successes, and ideas that could be shared more broadly. Don Hasseltine observed four key considerations for other advancement leaders as they enter the next phase of response, and collected innovative ideas to move forward.
Our Covid-19 Resources page offers the ALG community resources for navigating this difficult time. We have provided briefings on how to embrace donors and volunteers as partners, manage and motivate remote teams, and adapt to new realities for hiring and fostering team culture. Additional resources from the philanthropy sector address fundraising, CARES Act legislation and relief efforts for nonprofits, and recommendations from public health organizations.
For CDOs considering an eventual move into the CEO role, what skills and experiences should they look to acquire? An interview with three current nonprofit and college presidents.
Regardless of scale of need, every organization will benefit from a thoughtful, inclusive consideration of the board’s collective leadership responsibility.
Integrating women across your fundraising processes is not an all or nothing act; you can start from where you are today by taking small steps. Declaring a clear vision can be a powerful tool and first step.
Multiple attempts have been made over the years to “manage change,” often with little effect. What if instead nonprofit professionals sought to lead through change?
There are ways to prepare for the role of CDO, including serving on the board of a nonprofit organization in your community, finding mentors with the skills you need, or asking your own CDO to help you gain experience in areas that fall outside your current areas of responsibility. Excerpted from The Chief Development Officer: Beyond Fundraising, published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2013
Seasoned nonprofit leaders offer their thoughts on how to get ahead professionally.