Boards ask a lot of nonprofit executive directors. It’s a 24/7 job. You are asked to successfully manage staffing, initiate and lead programming, oversee operations (sometimes including facilities), develop budgets, administer financials, foster an engaged board, write grants, and grant reports. You are constantly putting out fires, solving problems, and trying to fulfill the organization’s […]
We know things operate differently in the nonprofit sector than they do in the business world. Nonprofit work has many built-in rewards, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. You are known for making miracles happen with small teams and tight budgets — but it’s hard to know when, how, or even what […]
From the beginning, Good Cause Creative clients often asked me for services that were not my specialty. Within a month of being in business, I began subcontracting with web developers, grant writers, graphic designers, strategic planners and other professionals whose skills complemented my writing, editing and communications services. Sometimes it worked out. Sometimes it didn’t. […]
In January 2014 a man walked into the Cleveland Public Auditorium during the annual Homeless Stand Down event hosted by Hands-On Northeast Ohio. The auditorium, which can hold up to 10,000 people, was filled that day, buzzing with activity from those in need and volunteers offering their services. Individuals facing homelessness could come and enjoy a day of pampering, community, and support through free haircuts, medical screenings, breakfast, lunch, professional photographers, and personal shopping.