Virtual Cocktail Hour Invite!

Battling with the Board? Frustrated by Fund Raising? Join me for a Zoom Executive Director Cocktail Hour at 5pm Eastern on Thursday, December 20. Bring your own wine and hors d’oeuvres.  I’m your host. Ronald Dale Tompkins. As with all good cocktail hours, I’ll have questions such as who is the most interesting person you… Read More

ED Holiday Cocktail Hour on Zoom

It’s almost impossible to lead a nonprofit! You know what I mean if your December fund raising is less than target. Low margins and not much access to capital markets make a day by day challenge. The burden of organizational success becomes concentrated in the Executive Director with little money left to hire appropriate expertise… Read More

NonProfits and Business as Dance Partners?

NonProfits rarely see the need to find a business partner. At best, they find a favorite auditor, attorney or supply vendor and essentially develop no-bid contracts with their favorites. Stuart Mendel and Jeffrey Brudney found that nonprofit and business partnerships were only 10% of partnerships. Partnerships mean that both partners get something that they want… Read More

You Need 20 Giving Tuesdays?

Giving Tuesday may provide gifts for your nonprofit, but most of us need more than one Giving Tuesday! Financing your nonprofit programs through charitable giving is a cliff hanger because gifts come and go quickly. You probably have discovered that. I just analyzed the 990’s of a large, wonderful nonprofit in New York City. BUT… Read More

Are NonProfits in Cash Deserts?

Federal cash for social programs will drop massively by 20% Federal cash for NonProfits is lowest in 40 Year Average of GDP. In 2019, it drops to 11.1%. Social Security and Medicare costs place incredible pressure to shrink community development, education, arts, afterschool, LGBT civil rights, etc.  Some of that money flows to states and… Read More

Is Giving Dropping Rapidly?

Many nonprofits are being damaged by fundraising. The change is like being hit by a fast freight. Next year will not feel like last year. Nonprofit leaders often regard charitable gifts as the first and major provider of money. It’s critical! Cash pays staff and helps clients. Three forces are changing the giving landscape. Are… Read More

Are You Driven by Capabilities or Circumstances?

Many nonprofit leaders focus on the problems of their organizations. And yes, we all have problems! Scaling Up framework focuses on building capabilities. It will change your mood and the mood of the staff team. It leads to the Deep Work that Cal Newport writes about. It brings happiness to doing good things. Which way… Read More

Recession Proofing and Loneliness

The free workshop is September 18 and 19th (details below) on Zoom. This is one workshop where you won’t be late because the subway was behind schedule! The first recession proofing we talk about is loneliness of leaders when facing external problems. Since I lead a nonprofit as well as serve as a coach, I… Read More