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What you should know about the end of corporate giving

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, July 31, 2014


As corporate social responsibility evolves, businesses are questioning if traditional philanthropic giving is an antiquated expense line. Today, stakeholders and investors expect more integrated methods for tying social impact to core business activities. While this is a worthwhile endeavor, many companies are finding the reality of cutting ties with charitable giving easier...

Read more in the Finance Fundamentals Newsletter

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!




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Talk is cheap, implementation is not

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Wednesday, July 16, 2014


"A mediocre plan well implemented will outperform the most brilliant plan accompanied by mediocre implementation," say the coauthors of The Nonprofit Business Plan.

The strategic planning process is an exciting time for many nonprofits because of the potential the plan promises. However, the emphasis should be placed on potential. Without the ability to implement a strategic plan, the process is entirely useless. In other words, talk is cheap and implementation is ... Read more at the Finance Fundamentals Newsletter.

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!


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CPA or CFO: What is the right solution for your organization?

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, June 5, 2014



At the beginning of this year, I highlighted some of the lessons learned and common themes related to how nonprofits fared throughout 2013. These observations were the result of a presentation I gave to a group of nonprofit leaders at a W.K. Kellogg Foundation convening this past April. Evaluating the entire year as a composite of nonprofit decisions and behaviors further confirmed that the ongoing question nonprofit executives ask themselves about their financial leadership still burns brightly: Do I need ...


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Cost per outcome: The new crystal ball for nonprofit success

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, May 22, 2014




Nonprofits are constantly looking for new ways to demonstrate impact to funders, particularly to foundations that have less to invest and apply increased scrutiny to their grantees. So you can imagine why "How to predict the success of a nonprofit program before it starts" captured my attention in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The nonprofit sector has traditionally demonstrated progress on a social issue with custom reports that invent the wheel each time and are difficult to compare with equally unique reports about families saved, children fed or forests preserved. But what if there was a standard measurement that could forecast the potential success of a program before it started and be used to...

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Jazz Fest overcomes harrowing debt through leadership, collaboration and sustainability

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, May 8, 2014




The details of the last decade for the
New Orleans Jazz Fest read like a famous story. There are villains, heroes and a lot of drama in between. But nothing other than dramatics would be fitting for this remarkably entertaining event that has become a steadfast and beloved tradition.

Stories of financial success in the midst of dreadful circumstances are understandably captivating for nonprofit leaders, and this...



by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!


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A Charity's Financial Management Starts in the Home

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, April 24, 2014



April is financial literacy month so it's the perfect time to reflect on how much Americans know about their finances. As you can imagine, this knowledge translates directly to your ability to exercise proactive financial habits at the nonprofits you manage.

Some of the statistics I'll explore below will surprise you while some may be uncomfortably familiar. More importantly...

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Show us a grateful donor and we'll show you the money

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, April 10, 2014



During this time of year, high school seniors across the country are weighing which one of the nearly 4,500 degree granting colleges or universities they're going to send a deposit check for the fall enrollment--a daunting prospect since the decision will have much to do with their success and fulfillment as adults.   


 

Since highly competitive universities can cost as much as a quarter of a million dollars, the question everyone must ask is "Which school can provide the best long-term return on my investment or ROI?" 

 

The Grateful Grad Index

  

Matt Schifrin of Forbes magazine has developed "the Grateful Grads Index. The measure simply ranks colleges by the median amount of private donations per student over a ten-year period. The idea is that the best colleges are the ones that produce successful people who make enough money during their careers to be charitable and feel compelled to give back to the schools that contributed to their success," explains Shifrin.

  

After Schifrin created the index a year ago, he updated it this year to account for an institution's alumni participation rate because many of his readers argued that alumni consistently give but don't necessarily earn high incomes.

The Grateful Donor Index

Colleges and universities aren't alone in this snowballing race to demonstrate a return on tuition investment. Other nonprofits throughout the sector are equally focused on answering...

 



by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!



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Storytelling has a new name: the earnings call

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, March 27, 2014



We've heard about the importance of storytelling repeatedly over the past few years-almost to the point of excess. Perhaps because nonprofits still need to hear it since so many have yet to apply this wildly successful strategy.

You can imagine my surprise when I recently read about GuideStar taking a page out of the corporate handbook to adopt one of the private sector's best ...



by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!


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Compelling ROI stories are rooted in your financials

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, March 13, 2014



     Access to information and technology has not only compressed our timelines at work, it has cast a laser focus on nonprofits' obligation to demonstrate a return on investment (ROI) for funders. The social sector is quickly becoming familiar with ROI thanks primarily to foundations that are experiencing a higher volume of requests combined with tighter giving budgets. An interest in programs and services is now taking a backseat to a keen awareness of ...



by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!


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Part II: Leverage the benefits of recognized financial models

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, February 27, 2014


My early professional career was in the corporate financial world, so I'm aware of how the corporate sector has long benefited from a common language that facilitates an easier discussion with potential investors. Both parties share an awareness of successful strategies such as "low-cost provider" or "fast follower," which short-cuts the potentially lengthy process of courting funding. 

In contrast, nonprofits don't enjoy the benefits of a shared understanding of funding models despite the fact that they also have to enlist...

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