The Rundown 5.24.2017

Remember Jan Brady's famous catchphrase, "Engagement, Engagement, Engagement, why is everyone at school always talking about Engagement?" No? Hm. Well, I'm sure I'm close. Anyway, she's right. Poor Jan just isn't as popular as Engagement and while heartbreaking for her, it's worth paying attention to a little more closely. If you find The Rundown helpful and fascinating (of course you do) you're probably what I would call a "nonprofit engagement professional".

To me, nonprofit engagement professionals are individuals who are invested in the skills, design, concepts and implementation of active engagement tactics for the growth and advancement of their organizations. They live in a world often ruled by the 3R’s: recruitment, retention and recognition. These are individuals who professionally work in classic nonprofit roles such as fundraising, volunteer management, and outreach and education.  

And they drive the Jan's of the word mad. Because they get all the attention. As they should, frankly. And in this week's Rundown, we found some blogs that focus on those attributes: strategy implementation, leadership growth, educational motivators, and change. And sure, Jan can benefit from these stories. But us Marsha’s? We nonprofit engagement professionals need them most.


How to write a fundraising strategy (and how to implement it and keep it alive)

  • Fundraising isn't just "asking for money", it's a dynamic human-based process wrapped in a philosophy, grilled over the flames of philanthropy, and made with love. 
  • The team at the Fundraising Collective are breaking down the basics here to build a smart, comprehensive fundraising strategy model. 
  • 5 MIN READ

From Manager To Leader: How To Transform The Way You Coordinate Volunteers

  • You know the old saying "a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square" I think it's often the same between managers and leaders: a leader is a manger, but a manger is not always a leader.
  • Guest blogging for VolunteerMatch's Engaging Volunteers blog, Clay Boggess puts a smart set of definitions behind this concept and helps people think about how to transition from "volunteer manager" to "volunteer leader" in ways that count. 
  • 4 MIN READ

11 Motivators That Increase the Desire to Learn

  • Have you ever been across the table or at the head of a group of people who were there to listen, but apparently not there to learn?
  • The Amplifire team put together a smart list of motivators that not only help to describe what drives individual's interest in learning, but ways to consider bringing more diversity and strength to your educational models. 
  • My favorite is #11 and it's a cornerstone of some of the magic I've done professionally and now with Rhinocorn for clients who want to invest in those sorts of awesome program models. 
  • 2 MIN READ

Nonprofits: Be Your True Self, Just Like Pinterest

  • Pinterest has recently decided to get rid of their "like" button - a feature considered essential of social medial platforms. Why? Because they found it makes their model more missional. 
  • Which got me thinking... what if nonprofits did the same? What if they looked at things they do because it's the "norm" or an industry standard but they knew it wasn't helping them advance or thrive? So I wrote a small reflection on the subject. 
  • 3 MIN READ


"I think happiness is a combination of pleasure, engagement and meaningfulness."
Ian K. Smith - American physician and author



The Rundown 5.17.2017

Ok, it's time to come clean. I'm just one guy. I mean, I have some limited support from one or two people now and again, but Rhinocorn Consulting, and The Rundown is just one guy. Me. Ben Bisbee.

I'm telling you this, because I thought it was smart or savvy to write this thing like it could be anyone from #TeamRhinocorn - but if you know me personally, you can clearly, amusingly read my voice in these posts. And if you don't know me, you probably don't care anyway.

But why am I really telling you this? Because I really do read 20-40 articles a week and look for the best ones to share. This on top of client work and my own writing and running a business and trying to make magic happen in all aspect of my life. And you deserve to know this - not just so I can own any glory (or spelling errors) but to prove I'm the real deal: I'm a nerdy, hard-working, educationally-driven and amusingly mouthy guy who wants people to be smarter and better informed so we can all grow together. It's why I started Rhinocorn. Its why I write The Rundown. And its what makes me, me. 

Ugh, ok. Now you know. Stop looking at me. The light is so bright! Go away... go read some of the stuff I found this week It's good stuff. I approve. 


How to Attract Corporate Partners with Your Nonprofit Website

  • I literally live for articles like this - smart, visually driven, and detailed rundowns of how someone is excelling in their approach. 
  • Joe Waters from Selfish Giving breaks down a nonprofit's website who is nailing the corporate outreach angle on their website. 
  • Plan to take lots of notes and then put your webmaster on speed dial. 
  • 5 MIN READ

The Non Profit Achievement Gap: Seven Ways Small and Medium Non Profits Stunt Their Own Fundraising

  • This article will make you smile, frown, laugh, cry and clutch your pearls because he's telling the honest story of our lives in the nonprofit development sector. 
  • The wise Armando Zumaya smartly breaks down why we keep failing and flailing in our aim to simplify (aka: under-think) the development needs of our organizations - and he nails every. single. one. 
  • 3 MIN READ

Secret’s Out: Nonprofits Aren’t For-profits & Donors Aren’t Customers

  • Ok, before you click the link, go grab some coffee or tea, stretch a little, maybe walk around the building and then settle in, you're going to be here a while, but it's worth it. 
  • Its not that the article is so long - it's that it's smart. Really smart. And in that intelligence lies the truth behind a lie we tell ourselves all the time - donors are like customers! And thank god for Zach Shefska at the Fundraising Report Card for telling the truth. 
  • SO smart actually, your brain will hurt a little in realizing you've been living with that lie and now you need to think and probably talk differently about donors. And trust me, that's a good thing. 
  • 4 MIN READ


"Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure." 


James Altucher - American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, venture capitalist and podcaster. He's founded or cofounded more than 20 companies and says he failed at 17 of them.

The Rundown 5.10.2017

Do you love your job or do you just love what your job does? That might sound like an insane question outside of the nonprofit sector (unless what something "does" is make us money...) but it's something I feel like we don't ask ourselves enough in the industry or in the mirror.

While the articles this week won't solve for these problems, they do talk about a series of thoughts, processes and ideas to consider to make them better or at least get them more right.

These are three "thinkers" and they are worth every word written. But fair warning - you will probably want to discuss them a little, we bet. And when you do? Feel free to visit the online version of The Rundown: The Rundown REMIX where you can share your thoughts, feelings and even more feelings freely and openly with others and even myself! - Ben


Onboarding Isn't Enough

  • We've all been there: you start a new job and there is some sort of orientation and onboarding process and then... you're off to the races, unloved and alone.
  • Very long, but extremely fantastic article from Mark Byford, Michael D. Watkins and Lena Triantogiannis at the Harvard Business Review on a new concept called Integration that for and nonprofits alike should look at closely if you want to build talent and keep talent.
  • 10+ MIN READ w/o links

The 5 Pillars of a Thriving Nonprofit

  • Some articles start out fairly straight-forward and then upon closer look offer a wealth more than you realized on the subject at hand and really open your mind up to what's possible.
  • Welcome to the brilliance of Joan Gerry, she's got her finger on the pulse of nonprofits and their messiness and writes fantastic articles - like this one where you think you've seen it before? But not like this. 
  • Pilar #2 is the Rhinocorn sweet-spot and why we even exist to support nonprofits, but each of the 5 are critical to your successful existance.
  • 4 MIN READ

Why Nonprofiteers Fall In and Out of Love With Work

  • There is the "work" and there is the work at nonprofits. Far too often I see nonprofit professionals who want to "recapture" the love for the mission because to accomplish the mission they have to focus on management.
  • This smart article by Caroline Kim Oh delves into this mindset and the struggles of those who are compelled or feel compulsive to lead in the nonprofit sector with a fresh set of eyes.
  • And hey, you might even see yourself in this article. Or maybe you might not. At least not yet. [insert evil laugh]
  • 3 MIN READ



"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War.


The Rundown 5.3.2017

As the great pop philosopher Justin Timberlake once sang, "Its gonna be May..." and so declared, then it actually was. And now it actually is. Ah May, when Spring is in full effect and flowers, trees and allergies are blooming. 

May is also one of those months where folks really seem to re-focus on fundraising. Don't know why. Maybe because we're well past holiday and start-of-year campaigns. Maybe because it's pre-summer, a time when historically numbers often dip for most nonprofits. Or maybe it's just because May ushers in a sense of growth and greenery that makes money-driven and money-seeking folks think about all things green. 

Who knows. Or cares. But this week we found several "make more money now" articles with some stellar and modern suggestions you should pour over to put your organization in a better fundraising headspace. We're also starting with a revelation Ben had about nonprofit and corporate partnerships everyone needs to read. Maybe share? Certainly like. But no, no. Do what feels right for you. 


Psssst. The REAL Truth about Nonprofit and Corporate Partnerships

  • Ben was tired of industry leaders writing the same fictionalized stories about nonprofit and corporate relationships over and over.
  • So he took to LinkedIn to talk about the real truth behind the struggles and frustrations both sides of the industry faces to finally clear the air. 
  • 3 MIN READ

Fundraising Events: 5 Forward-Thinking Ideas

  • The era of event-heavy fundraising is changing. And while many nonprofits still heavily invest in events for fundraising, just as many more are moving away from this model for a variety of reasons or becoming more critical about the make and model of these events.
  • With that in mind, Amy DeVita with TopNonprofits has put together a nice, modern look at what can make your events a little smarter and savvier. 
  • We loved all the tips but #4 - which felt a little unnecessary and expensive, but to each their own, of course.
  • 4 MIN READ

Three Tips for Common Sense Fundraising

  • Common sense? Who has time for that? But don't let us stop you from considering 3 really solid tips about that notion for your fundraising efforts. Or continue going wild and crazy, who are we to judge.
  • The NPengage team is always filled with some solid tips and tricks and this time coming from Pamela Barden, where she blends a little recent news with a little classic college graduation'esque "Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines common sense as..." into a quick and witty article about common sense fundraising. 
  • 2 MIN READ

5 Trends for Raising Money Right Now

  • You wanna raise money RIGHT NOW?! Well then, why are reading The Rundown? You should be out there with a can and a plan. 
  • But if you want to prepare yourself a little with some great insights, tips and trends to help you fundraiser very soon, you've come to the right place. 
  • Marcy Heim brings a wealth of experience and her knowledge of some of the best of the best industry leaders to devise a Top 5 List of trends to help raise more money. Now. Or later. Your choice.
  • 4 MIN READ

Join Team Rhinocorn at ServiceUnites: Conference on Volunteering and Service

If you or anyone from your organization is heading this June 19th-21st to Seattle for the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service let us know!

Ben is presenting a workshop on the Rhinocorn Consulting philosophy of Corporate Relationship Advancement - for nonprofits to reclaim their end of the relatinship with corporate partners on Tuesday June 20th, from 4:00 - 5:30pm

And if you're into drinks and snacks, Ben will also be co-hosting a Happy Hour event Tuesday evening for current and former clients, friends and industry nerds - details coming soon in a separate update in a few weeks. 


"Martin Luther King didn’t get up 50 years ago and say: I have a budget and a plan!"
Alan Clayton - Chairman of Alan Clayton Associates, focused on creative business for charities, non-profits and NGOs globally


The Rundown 4.26.2017

Happy National Volunteer Week! So is this week about appreciation or acknowledgement or education or pride? Yes. All of that. And more, frankly.

This week on The Rundown, we're not covering a ton on the subject of volunteers, but we are over on The Rundown REMIX: a new Facebook page that allows you to share your favorite articles with folks too - just like we do each and every week. It's sort of the volunteer version of the The Rundown, but don't worry the email subscription isn't going anywhere. We love your inbox too much. 

Aside from that fun new space for all of you to explore and contribute on, this week we're covering some topics around nonprofit salaries, apologizing for emails, corporate partnerships and leaving volunteer management for executive leadership roles. Enjoy! 


Why Leaving Volunteer Management May be the Best Thing for the Profession

  • More Than A Job - Why aren't more professionals in the volunteer administration space seeking growth in executive roles? This is the question and thoughtful exploration by Elisa Kosarin from Twenty Hats Consulting.
  • Like Team Rhinocorn, Elisa is passionate about the power those with volunteer leadership experience can offer to the nonprofit executive sector.
  • 4 MIN READ

Alright, We Need to Talk About Nonprofit Salaries

  • Avert Your Eyes, Taboo Subject Ahead - no really, why aren't we talking more openly about nonprofit salaries? 
  • As described by the whip-smart Vu Lee from Nonprofit with Balls, because we're not talking about nonprofit salaries, the side-effects are extremely jarring: gap issues, wage issues, crappy analystics driving our decisions, and more. 
  • Which got us thinking.... Do you have comfortability issues with talking openly about nonprofit wages? And if no, why? And what needs to change to help make you more comfortable? We wanna know. 
  • 3 MIN READ

5 Questions to Improve Your Corporate Partnerships Today!

  • Are you attending the National Conference on Volunteerism & Service? If so, Team Rhinocorn will be there too and Ben is even presenting one of the days - and hosting a breakfast for friends & clients! 
  • What is Ben Presenting On? This very article, actually. He has a proven formula to help grow corporate partnerships that work for nonprofits first. 
  • 5 MIN READ

Let’s All Stop Apologizing for the Delayed Response in Our Emails

  • Is Your Email Killing You Softly? Or maybe even harshly. Or maybe you're dying and you don't even realize it like because it's like the Matrix and you're stuck inside the machine but your real self at your desk is dying in real life? You get the idea. 
  • Release The Pressure - Melissa Dahl at the Science Of Us, breaks this topic down and moreover gives us the power and assurance to stop feeling like we have to rely immediatly and/or apologize when we don't. 
  • Brillant read. Pop a red pill and read it twice. Or was it a blue pill? Hm. Maybe don't pop any pills. Just read this. 
  • 4 MIN READ


"Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer."
Allen Klein - American businessman, publisher, writers' representative, filmmaker and record label executive

The Rundown 4.19.2017

"Change is a good thing." is one of those statements often made by people mid sobbing, focused on the reality of things they cannot control. Or the hopeful sigh of someone who doesn't know what's coming next, but they're amid an unfolding dynamic. Or the chipper, handsome consultant who saw the changes coming, but since no one listened to him everyone ran around like chickens with their heads cut off. 

But he did try to warn you. Let the record show.

Digressing... The Rundown this week is filled with ways to deal with change, changing landscapes, and things you think you can't change, but probably can. No really. You just have to try. No really. I promise. You'll see. 


The Four Reasons Relationships Fail

  • Oh look a two-for-one! In this really smart article, Dr. Travis Bradberry highlights the "four horsemen" of apocalyptic relationships failures that we've all faced personally and professionally: criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling. 
  • But don't grab the tissues just yet, he also wisely highlights how to overcome them with masterful skill - he's a good guy, that Dr. Bradberry.
  • 3 MIN READ

Conveying Mandatory Meetings As Mandatory

  • Q&A is A-OK! What happens when you have an event or meeting or retreat and try to make it "mandatory" but people still find reasons to bail?
  • A simple question the CoreStrategies for Nonprofits team responds to, giving19 different answers to try and avert the anti-mandatory problem we've all faced. 
  • Our Favorite?! "Serve food. Good food. It matters." - So. Damn. True. 
  • 4 MIN READ

17 Experts Reveal the 3 Ways Technology has Changed Philanthropy

  • Our Own Ben... was featured in a really thoughtful international piece by Optimy about how technology has and continues to change the face of classic philanthropy.
  • The 16 other perspectives from around the world give a smart level of insights into how tech creates unique solutions--and sometimes problems--for those who are looking to make good things greater.
  • 10 MIN READ 

Strategic Corporate Philanthropy: Driving Business Results Through Giving

  • Changing Philanthropy, Corporate Foundations and Corporation Citizenship... oh my! 
  • Our friend and all-around good guy Steve Greenhalgh writes a great article published by Good Done Great, focused on the changing landscape of corporate philanthropy and how it's becoming highly strategic. 
  • Which got us thinking... is your nonprofit strategically positioning yourself to get in front of the corporations who are looking to support causes your mission addresses? If not, let's talk. 
  • 3 MIN READ


"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
Jimmy Dean - Singer, television host, actor, and sausage marketer

The Rundown 4.12.2017

In just seven days, Team Rhinocorn has seen buckets of rain, inches of snow, 75 degree weather, and a wealth of sunshine -- all without traveling anywhere. Its enough to make you crazy ...if you're not already.  

Our point? This week's Rundown seems to match this past week - it's covering a lot of ground and is going to help you prepare for just about anything thrown at you. Recaps, productivity tips, creating campaign fundraising themes, and the final blog with Ben & Kathy's VolunteerMatch series are just a few of the topics you'll hopefully appreciate. 

And tucked in the all the goodness is a little plug for our own Ben who recently joined a certain national professional association as a member of their faculty. Pretty cool stuff all the way around this week. 


    11 Tips to Stay Productive When You're Tired

    • Who doesn't love a good infographic? The folks over at Entrepreneur have put together a quick one on a few thoughtful and unconventional ways to stay productive at work when you're burning the candle at both ends. 
    • We loved tips 5, 6 and 9 especially because we use them ourselves. Yes, bulletproof your coffee. It's life changing. 
    • 2 MIN READ

    4 Ways Smart Integrations Can Improve Nonprofit Fundraising Results

    • Win-Win. This article is supposed to be about online tool and app intregreation at your nonprofit--and it is--but moreover it's also highlighting 4 really important areas of your organization where focus always needs refinement. 
    • The npENGAGE folks are featuring a smart article from Kristine Colosimo that really helps cover a wealth of ground around mission, reporting, ROI and fundraising that's brief and smart. 
    • 3 MIN READ

    #17NTC Recap: The Digital Age of Nonprofit

    • We were there too! The NonProfitPRO team is featuring a piece by Julia Campbell about her experience at the NTEN 2017 Nonprofit National Technology Conference in Washington DC last month. 
    • Ben from Team Rhinocorn was in attendance too, and agrees with Julia's quick and positive assessment of the conference as a first-timer - its well run, delivered and attended by some insanely smart and passionate tech-driven professionals. 
    • Geek Out! In fact Ben was so taken by the NTEN team, he recently applied and was then asked to join NTEN as a faculty member for their Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate program - he'll be teaching two courses this spring and fall!
    • 2 MIN READ

    How to Create a Compelling Fundraising Campaign Theme

    • Case studies! Our friends over at Classy have put together a case study-driven look at how to create and theme a fundraising campaign.
    • As always, Classy breaks it down in the applicable and then drives it home with real-world examples and success stories you can actually learn from and emulate without copying. 
    • Team Rhinocorn is always coaching about and designing fundraising theme concepts for clients - the Classy team is right on the money. 
    • 4 MIN READ w/o links

    Talent + Time Tracking: Recruitment, Retention & Recognition

    • This is the end. Part three--and the glorious end--of Ben and his amazing writing partner, Kathy Wisniewski's 3-part blog series with VolunteerMatch on their philosophy of progressive new ways to design and direct your volunteer program.
    • Part three is about the classic 3 R's of the industry and how talent + time tracking makes this part of the work a snap. 
    • Loved this series? Please share it! Ben & Kathy are so proud of this series and it's progressive theory for the industry. Thank you for reading.
    • 5 MIN READ


    "I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature."
    Paulo Coelho de Souza - Brazilian award winning lyricist and novelist

    The Rundown 4.5.2017

    You're doing it wrong! You're doing it all wrong! Why can't you see that?! Oh my god!! Get it together!! You Fool! You're all fools!!

    *Clears throat* Sorry. So sorry, that wasn't about you. No, not all all. That was about everyone else. You're perfect, as always. But the rest of them? Ugh. Don't get us started. Fools, all of them. 

    This week on The Rundown we were attacked at every angle about what people are getting or doing or thinking wrong and why--and some of the articles were worth sharing. Others? Well, the tears will pass. Also some tips on webinars and Part Two of Ben's co-written Volunteer Opus with VolunteerMatch.


    The Metrics Myth

    • Have you ever watched a movie you fell in love with - maybe in black and white or with subtitles - that you're not sure if everyone would watch but everyone should watch it? This is that blog. 
    • Jed Emerson from his site Blended Value knocked this one out of the park on the topic of why metrics matter and why they don't and why we can't seem to stop talking and lying and fretting and yelling about them. 
    • 10 MIN READ w/o links

    Why Not to Start a Nonprofit

    • A conversation Team Rhinocorn faces fairly frequently, Sarai Johnson, put it all out on the table: So, maybe you shouldn't start that nonprofit? 
    • Everyone wants to start a nonprofit because they have a magical solution to a problem or an aching passion they can't seem to quell - but often no business sense or an understanding of the sector. 
    • We like the Lean Nonprofit team - even if their team titles make us cringe a little - they take a wise and witty approach to their educational platforms.
    • 4 MIN READ

    17 Tips For An Engaging Webinar

    • The dreaded webinar! We love them, we hate them, we try hard to pay attention to them while also sending off emails, updating our calendar and texting a friend. What? Who? No. Not you. That other guy. 
    • The thoughtful and riot-zen Katie Jarvis from team Realized Worth knows all about the world of webinars and created a structure and style focused opus to give you some fantastic tips to deliver an amazing experience. 
    • 3 MIN READ

    Volunteer Talent + Time Tracking: Skill-Based Volunteerism Made Smarter

    • As promised, part two of Ben and his amazing writing partner, Kathy Wisniewski's 3-part blog series with VolunteerMatch on their philosophy of progressive new ways to design and direct your volunteer program.
    • In part two they're helping nonprofits think differently about how to plan for and build the dreaded skill-based and probono positions, like champs.
    • We feel bad for even asking? But Ben asked us to tell you that if you liked this or part one to please share it with your networks. Sorry. He's our boss. 
    • 5 MIN READ


    "Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer to what comes next." 
    Denis Waitley, American motivational speaker, writer and consultant.



    The Rundown 3.29.2017

    Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future. Have you ever wanted to fly like an eagle? Of course, we all have. But sometimes we also just want to crawl into a ball, small and quiet, hoping the rest of the world is kind enough to pass us by and leave us alone.

    The Rundown this week is all about time, interview tips, big ideas, and how not to function organizationally. Not in that order. This week's reading also came with a layer of depth that was smart and refreshing, but kinda intense.

    That is to say, if you've had a tough week already mentally? Give yourself a few days or the weekend before you read some of these articles. A few of these are mind benders. Happy reading!


    Time inequity: What it is and why it’s no-good, very-bad

    • Once again, Vu Le from Nonprofit With Balls has done it again - reached in to enlighten, entertain and educate - this time on the subject of nonprofit time inequity.
    • Time isn't just money, time is also work, investment, education, family, time is everything. This blog nails helping professionals like us think critically about our own time and how the nonprofit industry is built on time, but often feels more like hourglass sand.
    • 6 MIN READ

    10 Ways to Practice Institutional Racism at Your Nonprofit Organization

    • You read that right... how to insure you are absolutely, thoughtfully, proudly practicing institutional racism at your organization. Anyone can be "kinda racist" you need to make it a part of your business plan if you're doing it right.
    • Korbett Mosesly is a talented and wry professional who writes the kind of stuff Team Rhinocorn loves to read - whip-smart, punchy and thought-provoking. Run, don't walk to this article. 
    • If this article challenges you? Good. It should. Now do something about it.
    • 4 MIN READ

    Volunteer Talent + Time Tracking: The Future of Volunteer Programs (Pt. 1)

    • Our own Ben... and his writing partner, Kathy Wisniewski, are being featured in a 3-Part Blog series with VolunteerMatch on their philosophy of progressive new ways to design and direct your volunteer program.
    • Part One is all about a new way to consider tracking the time and talents of your volunteers that actually helps to showcase stronger volunteerism and funding opportunities for your nonprofit. 
    • They are so talented and smart, Team Rhinocorn is lucky to know them while they're still so humble and grounded. 
    • 5 MIN READ

    6 Interview Tips You've Never Heard Before

    • Look, we don't know you... You might be happy in your current role, you might be unhappy, you might just like to play the field. We're not here to judge. 
    • This article from hiring guru J.T. O'Donnell really does deliver on what it promises - six really smart and fantastic tips for both meeting new people and for interviews.
    • 2 MIN READ

    Don’t Give Big. Instead, Invest Thoughtfully

    • Team Rhinocorn has never been a fan of "big give" events - they're a drag for the nonprofits, they are wrongly competitive and they sap far too much energy for far too little output. 
    • Donald Summers over at the The Stanford Social Innovation Review makes some fantastic assessments of the problems with the model how to re-address the goals by changing the model to make it more engaging and intimate for the donors. 
    • 4 MIN READ


    "How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?"
    Dr. Seuss - American writer, cartoonist, animator, and dreamer of dreams













    The Rundown 3.22.2017

    CSR is generically seen as a two-way road: a concept that both corporations and nonprofits alike engage within and benefit from. But it’s really not. CSR is a concept that is owned and executed by the private sector that sometimes engage the nonprofit sector. 

    A "fun" side-effect of thinking CSR is mutual are articles aimed at the private sector suggesting what corporate volunteers could and should do  - without suggesting a consult with nonprofit partners to confirm. We hate that. So Team Rhinocorn promises to always share these kinds of articles to keep you informed.

    This week? We're out of town, but not out of sight and sharing some great articles on influence, behaviors, and trends to make you smarter, faster, stronger and more prepared to take on the world - and your corporate partners. Just please. No unnecessary meetings about it. Kill us now. 


    4 Ways You Can Become A Person of Influence

    • Inspiring the Aspired - Wanting to be a leader and actually being a leader are two different things. And often the difference is intent and exercising a sense of trust and influence. 
    • Michael Hyatt shares a quick and witty piece about the difference between leadership and control and how to win people over with influence. 
    • 2 MIN READ

    7 'Innocent' Meeting Behaviors That Will Annoy Your Team

    • Glitch in the Matrix - Have you ever had a meeting about a meeting? Or a meeting to talk about how cut down on meetings? Then you know the special hell that meetings can sometimes present. 
    • Bernard Marr does us all a solid by writing about the good-intentioned, badly designed, and ugly mistakes we all make about meetings that will kill your culture and morale faster than toupee in a hurricane. 
    • 3 MIN READ

    Work to Give, Give to Work

    • Volunteering on the clock is a powerful new opportunity corporations are promoting - not just "paid time to volunteer" but time at work to volunteer for nonprofits needing support, virtually and otherwise.
    • Laura Shear over at the Relate Blog talks about the value at all levels of contribution for this budding new trend.
    • Which got us thinking... do you offer volunteer opportunities at your nonprofit where the efforts can be done digitally/remotely? Now is the time to promote them with your corporate partners while the iron is hot!
    • 2 MIN READ

    Volunteering Reimagined: 5 Ways to Energize Employee Engagement

    • Insider Trading - One of the things you can always count on from Team Rhinocorn is our interest in showing nonprofits what corporations and CSR leaders are talking about when it comes to our side of the industry.
    • Mr. Aneil Rajaram over at Benevity spells out five great suggestions for corporations to get their employees volunteering more frequently. 
    • Which got us thinking again... do you offer any of these volunteer opportunities at your nonprofit? The iron is hot people! Hot irons! Promote these far and wide with your corporate partners.
    • 5 MIN READ

    NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Conference

    • Where in the world is Team Rhinocorn? This week we're at the NTEN Conference in Washington DC Thurs-Saturday - learning, volunteering and networking.
    • Are you at the conference too? Let us know and we should meet for coffee or a high-five!


    "Meetings should be like salt - a spice sprinkled carefully to enhance a dish, not poured recklessly over every forkful. Too much salt destroys a dish. Too many meetings destroy morale and motivation."

    Jason Fried - Entrepreneur, founder of BaseCamp