Hard Times, Hard Decisions: 7 Things Small and Midsize Charities Should Do When a Recession Looms

By Drew Lindsay With recession warnings routinely flashing, Steve Zimmerman offers a cautionary tale from the last downturn. The co-author of a book on nonprofit sustainability, the Milwaukee-based consultant says he works with a group that launched a capital campaign in 2007, before the Great Recession hit in force. Construction began in 2008, but then the stock marketRead More Hard Times, Hard Decisions: 7 Things Small and Midsize Charities Should Do When a Recession Looms

Recession in 2019? Charities Wring Their Hands but Do Little to Prepare

By Drew Lindsay The news any given day is filled with warnings of “doom loops,” inverted yield rates, and other wonky predictors of a recession. A downturn is likely for 2019, economic cognoscenti say, if not inevitable by 2020, particularly given the drag of the monthlong federal-government shutdown. Such warnings aren’t generating much alarm or action among charities, however. ARead More Recession in 2019? Charities Wring Their Hands but Do Little to Prepare

The Power of the Nudge

Here at the end of January, nonprofits across the spectrum are analyzing the results of year-end giving campaigns, looking for the trends that will help set priorities and metrics for 2019. A recent online article on behavioral economics may provide a new perspective. In the online quarterly magazine, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, authors DeanRead More The Power of the Nudge

Boosting Morale is Simple but Not Easy

In every organization, people are undoubtedly the most important resource. The energy of a happy, healthy work environment can serve as a great recruitment and retention tool, as well as improve overall productivity and creativity. Conversely, low morale can zap the energy and productivity out of a team. In the world of advancement, we oftenRead More Boosting Morale is Simple but Not Easy

Culture on Campus: Dalton State’s Margaret Venable and David Elrod Talk Student Engagement and Donor Communications

Margaret Venable and David Elrod of Dalton State join Alexander Haas President and CEO David King to discuss the importance of achieving HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) status and how fostering student engagement on campus builds university ambassadors for the future. Plus, David and Margaret share their thoughts on tuition costs, managing large donor gifts, andRead More Culture on Campus: Dalton State’s Margaret Venable and David Elrod Talk Student Engagement and Donor Communications

Team Member Spotlight: Heather Pennington

Meet Alexander Haas Project Coordinator, Heather Pennington! As Project Coordinator, Heather supports each aspect of client projects and ensures that communication flows between Partners and clients. She also provides administrative support for firm projects and tasks associated with client services, non-client tasks, and professional activities. In this Team Member Spotlight, Heather shares what brought herRead More Team Member Spotlight: Heather Pennington