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Fundraising Is Not Just About Raising Money

If you lead a nonprofit organization, how well do you know your top donors? While some individuals are comfortable with writing a large check to national non-profit when people contribute to local organizations, they frequently want to know more about how their donations will be used and the people who will be spending their money. That’s why leaders must also be comfortable with their fundraising role.

Remotely On-boarding Your New Employee

With more and more of your team members working from home these days, you may be faced with having to welcome new employees via teleconference. Onboarding new employees who work remotely present some challenges, but it’s not impossible to get them up to speed quickly.

Keeping Millennials Happy Working For Your Organization

What percentage of your workers were born between 1980 and 1995?  By 2025, Millennials will represent 75% of the working population.   How are you planning to keep them engaged and with your organization?  Or, are you resigned to the fact that they will move on if they can find a job that pays more thanContinue reading “Keeping Millennials Happy Working For Your Organization”

How To Take And Organize Your “Smart Notes”

As a “recovering” journalist I’ve always been a note taker. Prior to discovering Evernote, my notes were largely jammed into file folders that were unsearchable and largely unmanageable. In “How To Take Smart Notes”, Sonke Ahrens walks us through a comprehensive organizational system that works on paper as well as digitally.

How to Prepare Your Public Media Station to Operate Under the “New Normal”

“While you had very little time to prepare your staff for remote work, it’s important to start planning how you’ll get your station operating at a “new normal” once restrictions are lifted and people begin working from your offices, studios and newsrooms.”

Show Leadership Through Your Words and Actions

As a manager, you undoubtedly keep track of how your employees do their work. But don’t forget that the people who report to you are keeping an eye on you too.  They are watching to see how you lead, coach, and do your job.  Consider what behaviors you want to be exhibiting? Go about yourContinue reading “Show Leadership Through Your Words and Actions”

Creating A Virtual Radio Station In A Week

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reaching out to managers of public radio stations around the country to get a sense of the challenges that they have faced because of ‘stay-at-home’ orders during the Covid-19 pandemic. Besides the staffing and technology challenges, I’m hearing that internal communication structures have needed to adjust. MikeContinue reading “Creating A Virtual Radio Station In A Week”

Fundraising During A Pandemic

We are going through an incredible period of disruption. But we will get through it. Yet, we will all need to adapt. We’ve started by “social distancing” and having our employees work from home. But more changes will need to be made. For example, every nonprofit and public media organization is going have to dealContinue reading “Fundraising During A Pandemic”

Successful Grant Writing With Limited Resources

The ‘golden years’ of public media stations quickly grabbing six-figure grants from government and community foundations may be over, but there is still money available to support public media organizations. The problem is that few stations have a staff person focused on researching and writing grants. Plus, all grants should support specific projects. It doesn’tContinue reading “Successful Grant Writing With Limited Resources”