The Rundown 11.8.2017

This was a fun week to produce. Not only am I sharing a really fantastic nonprofit blog series I've fallen in love with, and several best-practice-smashing articles, but I found a blog that's literally featuring a dozen other blogs!

I know, right? Informational Networking Nerd Heaven! So this week is rich with learning and new writers and thought-leaders to follow. It just makes me so happy to spread the intellectual wealth among us all. 

On that very note, do you know that if you're a writer, podcaster, or have thoughts to share, I'd love to see your stuff too, right? Please send it my way. I can't promise I'll share everything on here, but as you know, I still love to read it all


501 Crossroads Podcast

  • The nonprofit sector, a savory topic or two, and sometimes a glass of wine, it's all ripe for lively discussion and  exploration on the 501 Crossroads Podcast - a podcast I've come to really enjoy in the past few months.
  • Hosted by Marjorie Moore and Natalie Jablonski, they're smart, funny, and passionate about exploring the intersection between people and mission because like the rest of us, they live it everyday.  

Costly Mistakes That Affect Many Non-Profits

  • I always love a good solid, straight-to-the-point article that lays out the kind of truthful advice we all need to hear in an honest, direct, thoughtful tone.  
  • This one is a recent favorite by Robert L. Wambolt who pulls no punches in offering 4 examples of mistakes nonprofit make that costs more money than we often realize. My favorite number? Honestly, they're all equally meaningful.
  • 2 minute read

A Graphic Re-visioning of Nonprofit Overhead

  • There are some days when reading an article is just flat-out rewarding. A revelation. A mind-blower. An article ofoffering advice, or a tool, or a way to look at something in a way that completely changes the game - and kinda make you leap for joy. 
  • And this time around, we have Curtis Klotz at Nonprofit Quarterly to thank for his article, introducing a life-changing new concept about how to address and showcase nonprofit overhead like never before. But moreover, in a way that's actually clearer and more effective for donors and stakeholders. 
  • 5 minute read

2017 International Volunteer Managers Day Blog Carnival

  • As you might know, the nonprofit industry just celebrated International Volunteer Manager's Day and what better way to celebrate than with a ton of amazing volunteer management blogs written by professionals from all over the globe! 
  • Massive shout-out to Liza J Dyer who lovingly put together this list of a dozen articles written by some of my personal favorite people in the industry and one that'll keep you reading and learning for days to come!


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.

Vanilla Marketing

noun | the opposite of Guerrilla Marketing, where a nonprofit spends too much on an advertising strategy that's overly generic or conventional , often stripping out their core message to appeal to a larger audience. 

"We were worried that our mission to support three-legged, one-eyed dogs was alienating, but we might have gone a little too vanilla marketing with our visuals of just dog bowls in the grass and the tagline 'Help us make them feel whole again...'." 


"You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space."

Johnny Cash