3 Reasons to Stop Sending E-mails at Night

It’s 9:45 p.m. and you’re working at home, because “if I don’t get a few things checked off my list tonight, I’ll have a terrible day tomorrow.” But whatever you do, don’t click “Send.”

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There are three reasons you should not send e-mail after about 7:00 p.m. in the evening:

4 Things I Learned on a Grant-Review Panel

I had the pleasure of serving this spring on the regional review panel for the Virginia Commission for the Arts’ annual funding cycle. It was a fascinating process, and I learned a few key things worth sharing:

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1) It is a mountain of work for the reviewers

The panel on which I served reviewed only 36 applications. It took me over 30 hours to read them and make notes. Major funders — foundations, major corporations, etc. — probably get way more. So remember that your grant application is just one of many that will have to be reviewed, and be thankful and conscious of the size of this burden.

Outsourcing the Low-Hanging Fruit

You have them — we all do. There are probably several responsibilities you “have to do” that make you feel like you’re wasting your time. But do you really have to do them?

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In late 2013, I was underwater. Our organization’s recent successes were causing huge increases in my biggest time-vacuums: IT maintenance, website, e-newsletter and social media. Of course, all four of these things are critically important to our success, and they have to be done. But without question, these four functions could — and should — be done by someone other than the executive director.

The Email You Can’t Live Without

If your nonprofit is still operating in the dark ages regarding email and calendars, pay attention.

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Image courtesy of cicciodylan on Flickr

Microsoft is now offering Office 365 for FREE. Office 365 includes services that only the biggest, most sophisticated nonprofits used to be able to afford:

3 Words You Should Never Say

You’re a nonprofit executive. You represent a mission. You build consensus. You rally staff, volunteers, and the community. You do not own anything, and it is not all about you. Therefore, the words my, me, and I should rarely, if ever, pass your lips.

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Image via Flickr courtesy of www.lumaxart.com

There is never a right time to refer to “my staff,” “my budget,” or “my donors.”

Welcome to My WordPress Blog

After much thought, and more than a few encouraging words from my amazing wife Danielle, I’ve decided to start a blog.

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This blog will focus on the intersection between leadership, nonprofit management, and personal productivity — the tools a nonprofit leader needs to be successful.

I am not writing this blog because I think I have a lot to say. In fact, I’ve never felt that I have more to learn than I do right now. I’m doing this to clarify my own thinking, gain experience as a writer, and share the experiences and lessons that have helped me along my way. I am doing this publicly so that, if you want to follow along, you’re always welcome!

I plan to post about once a week for now, so be sure to subscribe or check back to watch for the latest posts.