The Stretch Goal is “Don’t Quit”

How should you set stretch goals for a brand new Executive Director? Stacey and Andy have a few thoughts on the subject. Also, we find out why having to create an RFP might be a good planning exercise, and Andy goes completely off-topic when talking about cost centers.

Bitcoin?

How can an Executive Director tell if she’s about to be fired? We have some thoughts. Stacey provides some useful information on how to prepare for a regional expansion, as well as how to cope with high employee turnover. We also give a bunch of information about potential bitcoin and cryptocurrency donations.

Galas for Salaries

Not all questions are happy ones: this week, we find out how to deal with donations when you’re closing a regional office. But on a happier note, Stacey has ideas on how to write grants that pay for salaries and Andy gives you audit prep tips. We discuss whether or not the ED and Board Chair can be the same person, as well as the technical difference between a mission and a vision.

Stickiness and Friction

Should you hire a development director or grant writer first? Or is that even the right question? Stacey knows. Also, we discuss great year-end reflection activities, and bring back our guest Greg Wilken of Endunamo Consulting, who tells us we were way too soft on the ED and Board Member relationship question.

When the Passion is Gone

What do you tell your donors when you miss your Giving Tuesday goal? Stacey knows! This week we also talk about what to do when the passion for your cause is gone, where to find a whistleblower policy template (the ANN website, for one), and whether you should budget for break-even or a surplus. And Andy and Stacey are completely mystified by a board member who wants to upend the mission because it’s “just a band-aid”.

Fundraising in a World of Science

Don’t you hate it when the Executive Director is dating a Board Member? Stacey and Andy do. This week, we also find out whether or not an annual report is still required, and hear some amazing end-of-year fundraising tips from expert fundraiser Clay Buck.

So close!

Our next episode is so feature packed that it’s taking a little extra time to get it posted. (Also, Giving Tuesday…) Stay tuned!

Promote All the Volunteer Coordinators

Ah, the double-edged sword of government grants. This week, Andy remembers he has to pay his car insurance, we talk about how to assemble a cash flow projection, Stacey gives some great tips on how to get silent auction items, and we find out whether or not you can put a slow-moving organization’s 501(c)3 on pause. Also, we tackle the ever thorny problem of just where to stick the Volunteer Department.

Weed Money

This week, our guest expert Greg Wilken of Endunamo Consulting answers a tough question about firing a long-tenured employee, Stacey (shockingly!) disagrees with Andy about overhead and optimization, and we find out whether or not to take donations from marijuana dispensaries.