I have a complaint to make (well, maybe not a complaint so much as an observation), either way, Apple has been all over my Facebook newsfeed, my news apps and Google. I cannot escape them for the life of me. They keep prodding me to download iOS8, to update to Yosemite and are basically threatening me to move all of my documents and music to the iCloud. So, like any normal person I caved (how can I contend with Apple’s tech wizardry?). And, I loved it. Yosemite did enough for me to forget all about all of iOS8’s bugs and created an extremely fluid, utile and aesthetically pleasing user experience.
Whenever you are starting a company from scratch, or are working for a nonprofit that you adore, it becomes a little bit more than just a company in your mind. I would not go so far as to say that it is like raising another child (as I do not have any of my own) but I would say that your emotions can get tangled up in your startup very quickly (and emotions can be painful little things). Your goals for your company may end up turning into a bucket list for your company (i.e. it is going down and you want to see it succeed a little bit before it fades away). I am not sure what you might put on that list but I will take a gander about one thing you will not want on that list; the threat of litigation.
As a nonprofit you rely on the contributions of others to keep your organization moving forward. They are your closest friends (at least in terms of your business), your back bone and when you need them they heed the call. But, there are times where they do not donate which can leave you in a threatened state of financial limbo. If you find you are currently in this state, do not panic (at least not yet anyway) as there are still ways for you to win back your donors. Listed below are three ways to get your donors donating once more.
With a limited and almost non-existent budget, nonprofits rarely are able to dedicate the necessary time and money to find insurance policies that work best for them. In our years of providing insurance to nonprofits in the tri-state area we have seen a variety of organizations with inadequate coverage (either they are over-protected and over paying or they lack coverage entirely). But, time constraints and budget concerns are not the only reasons for nonprofits with poor coverage. Insurance is a deep and complicated industry filled with companies that have more interest in bringing in capital instead of ensuring that those people and companies are receiving the best insurance they can buy. Our independent insurance agents will not only find you those companies that do care but they will also be able to inform you about popular policies within your industry. Here are a few policies that our agents may prescribe.
Ask a room of nonprofit people how they feel about market research and you will probably get two (maybe three) very impassioned responses. One person might cheer and defend market research while the other rolls their eyes and sighs about months of pricey, useless data (and the third might just look on dumbfounded). We are going to be the person cheering on market research. Why? Because it is informative, gives you access to what your donors want, brings donors back and, the best part, is that it is relatively inexpensive. Here is what you need to do to conduct your own free market research.