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Author: Amy Coates Madsen


Fundraising and Working with Donors During the COVID-19 Crisis

In the midst of the current coronavirus pandemic, many nonprofits are faced with tough choices related to raising the necessary resources to meet their missions and support the great needs of the communities they serve. The Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector provides guidance for how organizations should act when planning resource development and states, “An organization’s resource development program should be maintained on a foundation of[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | April 17, 2020 Read More>

Communicating in a Time of Crisis

Nonprofit leaders around the country are working hard to continue to meet their important community missions in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. With this in mind, we’ve been engaged in analysis around which aspects of the Standards for Excellence program could play a role in helping prepare a nonprofit for the turbulent and uncertain times that we are all facing. We’ve heard from nonprofit leaders that they are grateful that the Standards for Excellence program helped them to develop policies,[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | April 10, 2020 Read More>

Navigating Remote Work

 Like so many of you, I’ve recently made the change from working in my somewhat cluttered but beloved office to working remotely all the time. I have been a regular remote worker for one day a week (or one day every other week) for a number of years. This once-a-week opportunity to slip into my home office so that I could savor the peace and quiet, getting important “thinking and writing projects”  checked off the ever-present “to do” list, feels a lot different from my current full-time work[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | March 20, 2020 Read More>

The Importance of Having Gift Acceptance Policies

This is part of a special series, brought to you by the Standards for Excellence Institute, to provide nonprofit leaders with a brief nonprofit governance and management tip weekly over the course of 2020. We hope these short tips will be helpful to you and the nonprofits you serve. If you have suggestions for future topics, please forward these to acmadsen@standardsforexcellence.org.I recently read an article “Nonprofits Decline Gifts With Too Many Strings or Misaligned Values, Survey Finds” […]
By Amy Coates Madsen | March 05, 2020 Read More>

The All-Important Budgeting Process

This is part of a special series, brought to you by the Standards for Excellence Institute, to provide nonprofit leaders with a brief nonprofit governance and management tip weekly over the course of 2020. We hope these short tips will be helpful to you and the nonprofits you serve. If you have suggestions for future topics, please forward these to acmadsen@standardsforexcellence.org.At the end of last year, due to term limits, I ended my service as the chair of the finance committee of a[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | February 28, 2020 Read More>

Crisis and Disaster Planning

This is part of a special series, brought to you by the Standards for Excellence Institute, to provide nonprofit leaders with a brief nonprofit governance and management tip weekly over the course of 2020. We hope these short tips will be helpful to you and the nonprofits you serve. If you have suggestions for future topics, please forward these to acmadsen@standardsforexcellence.org.Not a week goes by when we don’t hear about some nonprofit that is tackling the impact of some type of disaster. […]
By Amy Coates Madsen | February 21, 2020 Read More>

Treating Donors with Respect

This is part of a special series, brought to you by the Standards for Excellence Institute, to provide nonprofit leaders with a brief nonprofit governance and management tip weekly over the course of 2020. We hope these short tips will be helpful to you and the nonprofits you serve. If you have suggestions for future topics, please forward these to acmadsen@standardsforexcellence.org.Earlier this week, I answered my home phone and a paid fundraiser working for a nonprofit that my family and I[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | February 06, 2020 Read More>

Developing a Code of Ethics

This is part of a special series, brought to you by the Standards for Excellence Institute, to provide nonprofit leaders with a brief nonprofit governance and management tip weekly over the course of 2020. We hope these short tips will be helpful to you and the nonprofits you serve. If you have suggestions for future topics, please forward these to acmadsen@standardsforexcellence.org.Back in the mid-1990s, I had the privilege of working with the volunteer taskforce that ultimately developed and[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | January 30, 2020 Read More>

Creating Nonprofit Volunteer Policies

This is part of a special series, brought to you by the Standards for Excellence Institute, to provide nonprofit leaders with a brief nonprofit governance and management tip weekly over the course of 2020. We hope these short tips will be helpful to you and the nonprofits you serve. If you have suggestions for future topics, please forward these to acmadsen@standardsforexcellence.org.So many of us volunteer for nonprofits. My best volunteer experiences leave me with feelings of hope and[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | January 23, 2020 Read More>

How Do I Prevent Conflicts of Interest at My Organization?

This is part of a special series, brought to you by the Standards for Excellence Institute, to provide nonprofit leaders with a brief nonprofit governance and management tip weekly over the course of 2020. We hope these short tips will be helpful to you and the nonprofits you serve. If you have suggestions for future topics, please forward these to acmadsen@standardsforexcellence.org.Its that time of year again! For many nonprofit boards, this is the time of year when all active board members[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | January 16, 2020 Read More>
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