The Rundown 11.1.2017

Oh sure, we think we have it ALL figured out, we nonprofit professionals. As I like to joke in our world, "best practices" are really just a phrase we use to make the stuff we're always endlessly doing sound like it's intentional. 

So when you see an article by a seasoned professional talk about how their past mistakes can save you time and trouble today, or they're showcasing a list of ideas to help change your organization's culture, or they're offering a free course? You run to those links. You run to them and click on them and pour over them and thank the nonprofit gods these people take the time to write. And that you took the time to read.

But don't thank me for taking the time to post them. I'm just a crazy person doing my thing. I'm no hero. You and the writers are the real heroes. I'm just connecting dots and hopefully speeding up the process. 


FREE Nonprofit Master Class: Mapping Out Your Nonprofit Marketing Calendar for 2018!

  • How often are you only just starting to think about your holiday solicitation campaign in late September or your summer campaign in May?
  • Thankfully, Julia Campbell has you covered with a free webinar in December to help you plan for all of 2018 with a Master Class in nonprofit marketing mapping.

16 (yes, 16!) Easy Ways to Lead Your Organization’s Culture Shift

  • You know your organization needs a culture shift around fundraising and philanthropy, but how? Where do you start? And how can you directly contribute to the success? 
  • Offering over a dozen smart and easy solutions, Pamela Grow suggests a wealth of culture-affecting ideas that anyone and everyone can do to create impact. My favorites on her list? #1 and #14, for sure. 
  • 5 minute read

5 Fundraising Delusions Nonprofits Suffer

  • Sometimes an article just drops from heaven, preaching the truth, showing us the way. If only we were smart enough to read them and heed them!
  • Offering us a beacon of light, Nell Edgington at Social Velocity spells out five of the lies fundraisers (and board members) tell ourselves. Go get a second cup of coffee and sit down for this one. 
  • 3 minute read

10 Things I Regret About My First Volunteer Training

  • Training and orienting volunteers isn't just about reviewing a handbook or telling people where the bathrooms are and when to clock-in for a shift. No no, my friends, it's an invested process that takes tact, planning and a heap of purpose.
  • And take it from a master like Tobi Johnson at VolunteerPRO, who thoughtfully tells us about her early years, the mistakes she's made, and how you can avoid them to insure your own program thrives today. 
  • 3 minute read


We all know the classic nonprofit terms and definitions governing the sector, but what happens when we need new ones? So Team Rhinocorn decided to suggest new thoughtful or playful terms we think need introduced to the nonprofit lexicon.


noun | when a donor asks to have a special or significant thank you uniquely created for them as a condition of their donation.  

"Mrs. Jones was open to a $10k gift, but as a thanchor she's expecting our next special event 5k be named after her late husband."


"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."