Sunday, February 9, 2014

Business Skills Becoming the Norm at Nonprofits

Kevin Monahan here. I found an article in the Sun-Sentinel about renewed efforts to bring solid business practices into nonprofit environments. Increasingly, corporate talent is being brought in to help run multi million dollar nonprofits. Smaller nonprofits are collaborating to save money and create efficiencies, while spending more money on staff training in business disciplines.

"Today, as funders seek greater accountability and demand for social services spikes, nonprofit managers are finding they must boost their business skills to run their organizations effectively."

Here in Jacksonville, we have multiple agencies helping move nonprofits in that direction, The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Hands-On Jacksonville and our own FSBDC at the University of North Florida host a wide array of training events for nonprofits and offer mentoring by qualified professionals or referrals. UNF also offers a Graduate Certification in Nonprofit Management for those looking to become tomorrow's nonprofit leaders.. 

While we would like to see a lot more collaboration between nonprofits, one shining light at the end of the tunnel is the Jessie Ball duPont Fund's Nonprofit Incubator currently in development downtown. It may well be the biggest nonprofit asset our area has ever seen offering, space, training, consulting and anchor tenants to mentor other agencies. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Strategic Planning for Nonprofits February 12th!

Nonprofit Strategic Planning

A strategic plan defines what your organization does, who you serve, how you provide services, how thay are funded, and what you need in order to provide those services in your community.
This nonprofit strategic planning session will provide you with an overview of what a strategic plan should contain and the process to develop a plan. We’ll spend some time looking at strategic priorities, goals, and measures – what each of these means and how to use them to effect change in your organization. Facilitated by Julia Burns!
Event Date: February 12th
Time: 9am to 12pm
Register: 904-620-2476 or

Friday, January 31, 2014

Nonprofit Quarterly: Are There Social Media Silos In Your Organization?

Larger nonprofits have been more likely than other sized nonprofits to embrace social media as a storytelling platform. While that is good news, there has been a spate of programs and their staff operating on their own guidelines (if any) and promoting with only their specific goals and objectives. According to Jennifer Amanda Jones in the most recent Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ):

"Staff of nonprofit organizations may find themselves working in social media silos. For example, three different programs might operate three different Facebook pages, and no one talks to one another. It’s easy: Just bury your head and do your work. That is, after all, what staff is paid to do."

The article goes on to talk about "Silos" vs "Hub and spoke" where such pursuits are centralized in an organization. Which is best? It depends.

We think that staff should indeed be trained and that those responsible for social media within their programs should meet periodically and discuss ways to dovetail the messages with the overall mission in mind. What do you think? Let us know...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New video from IRS Demystifys 501(c)3 Nonprofit Start-ups!

The IRS has come out with a new series of instructional videos that make it easier to understand the process of applying for 501(C)3 status. The overview course provides valuable information presented bu Leagle the Eagle. The coursework takes you through starting a nonprofit, applying for exemption, required filings, ongoing compliance and significant events.
Check it out here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

HandsOn Jacksonville: Board Roles & Responsibilities Workshop Tomorrow!

Leadership Volunteering: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Nonprofit Board of Directors

Date: September 25, 2013
Time: 3:00 - 6:00
Location: HandsOn Jacksonville, 6817-1902 Southpoint Pkwy. Jax, FL  32216
Cost: $45 HOJ Nonprofit Partners (including board members); $90 general admission
Register: Online:
Contact:  Bunny Witten, Program Assistant - 904-332-6767 or
Instructor: Dr. Judith A. M. Smith, President & CEO, HandsOn Jacksonville, Inc.
If you are considering serving on a nonprofit board of directors and want to learn how to do so effectively, or currently serve and want to increase your skills and knowledge, you'll definitely want to take this workshop. In just 3 hours you'll

  • increase understanding of the role of the nonprofit board of directors
  • identify qualities that make a board effective and barriers that limit board effectiveness
  • identify and explore the board's fiduciary, financial and programmatic responsibilities
  • identify and explore the corporate and individual duties of board members
  • learn the relationship between the board, the staff, and the executive