The Rundown 1.10.2018

You know, I must have been asked a dozen times over the holidays by peers and mentors alike: how do you actually pick the 3-5 articles you choose to share? For me it's not a complicated set of criteria, honestly. But it's certainly intentional. I look for articles that do one of three things (and ideally some that do all three): 

  1. Offer a philosophical or educational idea that helps the reader think differently, or become more progressive, smarter, faster, and/or stronger. 
  2. Take that philosophical or educational idea to the next level by offering real tips, building blocks and/or practical steps toward achievement.
  3. Have a unique point of view or sense of humor or wit. 

Now, is everything I share hitting one or more of these three? No, not always. But most of them will. And in insuring so, I hope to offer something of value and to be your favorite digest of worthy content on the block. Happy New Year and welcome back to The Rundown. 


How Developing Awareness Enhances Your Leadership Ability

  • SPOILER ALERT: If you already think you're not self aware enough, you're probably more self-aware than someone who already thinks they are. 
  • Briefly outlined here by Dr. Kate Price, she highlights how tapping into your emotional intelligence and self-awareness is key to lead not only well, but powerfully. 

2 minute read

How to Explain Complex Ideas (Like Tech) to Those Who Don’t Understand

  • I often think that if our missions really were that easy to grasp, we probably wouldn't need to have created our nonprofits in the first place. 
  • So aside from more belabored topics outlined here by Thorin Klosowski at LifeHacker, this fantastic little article should also play a key role in how your nonprofit even expresses it existence in new and powerful ways that land. 

4 minute read w/o videos

Using HR Metrics for Nonprofit Strategy and Planning

  • Dear lord is this a good article. Now look, I get that it's a little heavy and sometimes just reading smart things can make us feel smart, but please instead BE smart and dig into this article to use the information to bring some real planning and change to your organizations.
  • One of the best things I may have ever shared, the team at Nonprofit HR are imploring you to use KPIs and benchmarks to help you run a stronger nonprofit for us, for everyone. 

3 minute read

Are you worth more than your volunteer manager salary?

  • As a Volunteer Manager it's not always just knowing you may be worth more, it's about being able to articulate it, to show for it, and quantify your efforts. 
  • And giving you the tools and insights to do so powerfully is the amazing Elisa Kosarin at Twenty Hats, who always  builds dynamic examples and stories into compelling lists of ways to accomplish your goals - and better the industry.

4 minute read

The 8 Most Helpful Types of Fundraising Systems to Build at Your Non-Profit

  • You cannot use a hammer as every tool in your toolkit. Nor would you want to? Not everything is a nail anyway. 
  • Bringing this point home and helping to make you think differently and more dynamically about your fundraising models, Joe Garecht at Garecht Fundraising Associates breaks down the details and opens you to a world of better possibilities. 

3 minute read


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

Funding Trycycle

noun | Similar to an classic funding cycle where a foundation or corporation offers a  chronological pattern of proposal review, decision making and applicant notification -  often at set intervals (quarterly, semi-annually, etc.). However, a Funding Trycycle would offer short-term, limited grants that would help socialize the budding relationship between a nonprofit and a foundation or corporation, allowing for a more dynamic and measured approach to partnership growth. 

"Thank goodness the The Frank Family Foundation offered a $5k Funding Trycycle, because their standard cycle is for $50k and their reporting models are painful at best. At least we know now that they're not an ideal place for donor or partner support. 


Start a file to document any kind words, compliments, or "great job!" messages you receive from supervisors, co-workers, volunteers, members and the community alike -  it's a great place to read and remind yourself that one bad day doesn't describe a bad job.