Topic: Strategy

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What to Consider When Writing Your Crisis Plan

August 16, 2016
From a major donor landing in legal trouble, to a defection of a top fundraiser, issues could turn into a crisis for a nonprofit.

5 Pitfalls That Ruin Your Productivity (and Sanity)

January 22, 2016
So, those New Year’s resolutions of mine. I was going to sleep more, be on time, meditate every day, and spend less unproductive time online. Despite a few early successes, my resolutions have thus far been fleeting at best. Case in point: this post is a week late, but guess how many times I’ve casually checked Facebook on my phone (even just today)?

What Is Nonprofit Technology?

December 4, 2015
For the past 14 years, I've been working for nonprofits. I've also become active in what we call the "nptech" community—"nptech" being shorthand for "nonprofit technology.” But nonprofits, which comprise about 10% of all US businesses, have wildly diverse business models. To suggest that there is a particular type of technology for nonprofits is akin to saying that all of the businesses in downtown Manhattan have similar technology needs. So what is nonprofit technology? It’s less of a platform and more of a philosophy.

Making Things Better, One Step at a Time

November 6, 2015
Your organization is successful and growing day by day. Yeah! That’s the good news. The bad news is that the overhead needed to support more volume is stretching your resources to the limits. You know you need to do something to support the organization’s changing needs, but what exactly?

Building the Bedrock

July 28, 2015
If you haven’t heard of it yet, NTEN’s 2nd annual Leading Change Summit (LCS) promises to be one of the coolest and innovative gatherings emerging in the nonprofit community. Our team at Forum One is proud to join the community’s effort to fuel the future of nonprofit innovation—and we’ll be helping kick things off the first day with a half-day training on Digital Strategy.

Learning from Example: Innovative methods to engage your online community

February 23, 2015
Learning from my fellowship at EPIP and other organizations’ experiences, I have discovered three important lessons about engaging an online community.

Disruption: The New Normal

November 17, 2014
Disruption is the new normal. Institutions and industries that have existed for generations are being crushed by the onslaught of technology and its propensity for exponential growth.

Smart Strategies for Using PDFs on Your Site

November 10, 2014
I have some news to share with you: most PDFs on your site don’t get read. Sad but true. The good news is that you’re not alone. World Bank recentlyreleased a report that showed that nearly a third of the reports (in PDF format) on their site were not being downloaded and read. So much effort, so little ROI. You may wonder if PDFs are even worth the trouble. They actually can be, but there are definite pros and cons to using them on your site.

Technology as Strategy

November 4, 2014
"If, rather than consulting with other organizations, you could focus 100% on technology for our own organization, could technology transform us? In other words, if we choose technology as our chief strategy, where might it take us?"