The Rundown 7.25.2017

What brings you to The Rundown? Indulge me, for a moment: Do you get value out of the articles I think are worth sharing? Do you appreciate sharing the average time it takes to read? Do you feel like it's covering the ground that professionally supports your interests? 

I really do want to know. I love this little nugget of wisdom I put out each week; readership is solid, but growth is fairly static. I sometimes wonder why. It doesn't change the fact that I love doing it. I love sharing good, quality information about the sector. I want people to be and feel smarter. I want us to collectively grow as professionals. So I'm not sure I'd ever stop - or that you could make me? But I'd like to know if I could be doing it better. And I'd love your thoughts on the subject.

In the meantime, here are some of the best stuff I've read this week, fresh off their own platforms: Data, Burnout and Overhead, Oh My! Three topics we're probably a little tired of talking about... so I was excited to find some new voices with fresh thoughts and perspectives. Enjoy! 


Data Driven Decision Making in a Volunteer Program

  • If your annual volunteer report is basically two massive numbers: one of how many volunteers you engaged and one of how many hours they contributed to your nonprofit - you're doing it wrong. Sorry, not sorry.
  • Christine Stankowski over at Flutterbye and I very much see eye-to-eye on this subject, and here she smartly outlines a few areas you should be tracking and how it can help you make increasingly smart decisions about your volunteers and program.   
  • 3 MIN READ

Burnout: An Epidemic

  • Burnout is real. I think we forget that because it's talked about so much we push it to the side. And then it strikes. And then it's all too real and often too late to do anything about it until it passes or we need to move on. 
  • Sarai Johnson at Lean Nonprofit is passionate about this subject and it shows. In this article she talks less about how to "avoid it" and more about what to interpret from it personally - and it's crazy refreshing. 
  • 4 MIN READ

The Issue with Nonprofit Overhead and How to Change the Conversation

  • Hey nonprofit professional - you are not "overhead" you are "mission costs" - and don't you ever forget it. And also? Don't let donors forget about it either. Because I think we're all beyond-tired of the "I don't want to donate to overhead" push-back. It's not realistic, it's not how thing actually happen, and it's time to change the way we talk about it. 
  • Andrew Urban at npENGAGE nails this subject on it's head briefly and wisely and even offers some new terms and language into the lexicon that I think will make all of our lives a little easier on this subject. 
  • 3 MIN READ

WEBINAR: Nonprofit Partnership Advancement: 5 Steps to Progressive Partnership Success

  • Are you an Engagement Professional? A fundraiser, volunteer manager, program manager, communications professional or executive leader? Then this webinar is for you.

  • Join me on August 3rd at 2pm EST to learn how your nonprofit can build the best corporate partnership solicitation model possible that puts your nonprofit in the driver's seat and help to actually advance your organization.



What is the very first thing you notice happening to yourself when you can feel burnout setting in?