NPDCSNJ Newsletter – October 2018

Vol. 1, No. 2 • October 2018

TOPIC/ISSUE: Fourth Annual Renewal Awards
SOURCE: The Atlantic

SYNOPSIS: This nationwide competition was created to recognize nonprofits that are driving positive change in their communities—and to help them make an even bigger impact. Five winners, to be announced in spring 2019, will each receive $20,000 in funding from Allstate. This nationwide competition was created to recognize nonprofits that are driving positive change in their communities—and to help them make an even bigger impact. Nominations close November 30, 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to KC Sledd at


TOPIC/ISSUE:Grant Writing
SOURCE:Center for Non Profits

SYNOPSIS:A Build-It-Yourself toolkit for crafting grant proposals. Eight sessions…online…at your own pace. Starts Monday 10-15…$197 for CNP members; $297 for non-members. Comprehensive, video-based course presented by Maryn Boess. Over her 20+-year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn has been an on-staff program developer and grantwriter; an independent grants consultant; a grants project manager; and a grants trainer and reviewer.


TOPIC/ISSUE:Maximizing the Impact of “Giving Tuesday”
SOURCE: Classy

SYNOPSIS:In seven weeks, donors around the world will make an online donation (or several) for Giving Tuesday. Will your nonprofit be top of mind? Wherever you are in your planning, we’re here to help make sure your campaign is a success.

Start by learning why it’s critical to choose the right platform on which to host your fundraising campaign this giving season. Read Classy’s blog post.


TOPIC/ISSUE:Tracking the Non Profit News Site: Economic Benchmarking Accelerates the Field
SOURCE:Non Profit Quarterly Daily Newswire (10-4-18)

SYNOPSIS:The rapid growth of nonprofit news sites has been bolstered by some key pieces of infrastructure. One such piece is the nine-year-old Institute for Nonprofit News, otherwise known as INN, which with early seeding and ongoing support from foundations has helped the field develop more quickly. Part of that help comes in the form of effective sharing of information—in particular, their periodic review of the field’s “enterprise models.” We use the term “enterprise model” rather than “business model” advisedly in this context because the purpose, content realm, and community to be addressed matter deeply to revenue models. That’s what’s so fascinating about INN’s latest report; it takes an emerging field and sorts some of the variables that make a difference to their models—and that is nothing less than gold to practitioners. The interesting thing is that it is no less useful for being mid-development. The nonprofit news field as a whole is very young. Only 25 percent of the organizations started before 2008, and most are around eight years old. To provide a sense of the range, half of these organizations are running on less than $500,000 annually, and only a third have budgets of $1 million or more despite the outsized effect they have had on the news. This is growth, since two years ago, only a third of those surveyed topped the $500,000 mark. The report’s authors speculate that the accumulating knowledge base about what it takes to generate revenue in each area may provide a faster trajectory toward financial stability.


TOPIC/ISSUE: 10 Great Examples of Welcome E-Mails to Inspire Your Own Strategy
SOURCE: Hub Spot

SYNOPSIS: We’ve all heard how important it is to make a good first impression. Show up late for a job interview? That’s a bad first impression. Eat a ton of garlic and forget to brush your teeth before a first date? Also a bad first impression. It turns out that the “make a good first impression” principle holds true not only in face-to-face encounters, but in email interactions as well. A welcome email is the first impression a company makes with a new customer, blog subscriber, or newsletter subscriber via email. Welcome emails can deliver videos, special offers, a sign-up form, or just a friendly hello to establish a relationship with a new contact. When you send a welcome email to a new blog or newsletter subscriber, or to a new customer, you’re making a first impression on behalf of your brand. To help ensure you’re making the best first impression possible, we’ve rounded up some examples of standout welcome emails from brands big and small. Examples showcase different tactics and strategies for engaging new email subscribers.


TOPIC/ISSUE: 7 Fall Fundraiser Ideas
SOURCE: Nonprofit Hub

SYNOPSIS:The leaves are changing, the air is chilly and you can’t escape the smell of bonfire no matter where you go—it must be fall! With a new season upon us, we present you with seven wallet-friendly fall fundraiser ideas that will help you meet your #GivingTuesday goals and get you into the spirit of the most charitable (and the spookiest) season of the year. Read more about each idea:!
• Tailgate party
• Thanksgiving dinner
• Pumpkin carving contest
• Cider bar
• Football tournament
• Apple orchard/Pumpkin patch partnership
• Haunted house


TOPIC/ISSUE: Future Plans of Executive Directors
SOURCE: Non Profit Center at LaSalle

Take an anonymous survey…The Nonprofit Center is asking executive directors about their future plans to better understand the state of the sector’s leadership. As we consider the implications of baby boomer founders and other EDs retiring, we must also consider the state of the next generation of nonprofit leaders and ask ourselves these important questions:

  • Do you have bench strengththat will be able to assume future leadership roles?
  • Are you successfully preparing current senior managers to be tomorrow’s top staff?
  • As a sector, are we committed to ensuring that emerging leaders have the skills and confidence to take on leadership roles?
  • Are we helping future leader Identify and build characteristics and leadership styles that enhance effectiveness
  • Are we supporting aspiring leaders in developing strategic thinking and planning abilities?

Are we encouraging open discussion and dialogue that can improve the reality of the demands on EDs that often leave them feeling isolated, overwhelmed and unsupported?