Innovating to New Donors

For many nonprofits, 2020 and 2021 were exceptional years in fundraising. However, current economic conditions represent an existential threat for nonprofit organizations. That’s not hyperbole. There are no guarantees in what the short-term future looks like. If a global economic slowdown begins for several years, nonprofit organizations will face funding challenges like never before. Short-term … Continue reading Innovating to New Donors

Religious Liberty for All

While our Constitution’s protections for religious liberty are a hallmark of American democracy, they were never a foregone conclusion. Our nation’s commitment to religious freedom emerged at a time when that commitment was unique. Before the Revolutionary War, eight of the thirteen colonies had an established church. People were legally required to follow specific religious … Continue reading Religious Liberty for All

Ambassadors of Hope

Join me on a walk around a Christian school campus. Better yet, conduct a student assembly or a faculty meeting and give each attendee a 3×5 card. Ask them to define diversity, inclusion, justice, equality, equity, woke, critical race theory, white privilege, racial-based reconciliation, systemic racism, or any other lightning-rod issue related to racial-based dissension. … Continue reading Ambassadors of Hope

Vision Casting

Vision is crucial in life, in ministry and in work, right? Right? Right! But, what is vision? Where does it come from? And how do high-performing ministries create, express, and pursue their vision? These big, important, persistent questions deserve answers. Here’s my take. I’ve been blessed to walk alongside countless organizations as they chart their own … Continue reading Vision Casting

Faithful Metrics

During the pandemic, our leadership team put aside our very active effort to re-tool and rethink our key performance indicators (KPIs) and key performance factors (KPFs). Our attention was completely consumed helping our business partners and staff to get through crazy new challenges of ministry shutdowns and start-ups. Some schools are on round three; some … Continue reading Faithful Metrics

What Story Will They Tell?

“Our board would like you to come fix our Millennials.” The administrator of a small nonprofit was on the phone explaining that her organization established a “junior board of Millennials” as part of their succession plan. The Board of Directors, composed of Baby Boomers and Traditionalists, wanted these Millennials “fixed” to embrace the organization’s mission … Continue reading What Story Will They Tell?