Accounting Systems Matter

The origin stories of most nonprofit organizations are remarkably similar: an individual or group of individuals identifies a need in society and wants to do something about it. In the beginning, organizations operate by their bootstraps, raising whatever money they can to get by and…

The Value of Staying the Same

In my last post, I wrote about adapting – how the pandemic has forced nonprofit organizations to adapt, and how organizations should use this experience to continually adapt going forward. Today, I am writing about the need to stay the same. But no, these are…

On Learning the Hard Way

I haven’t posted to this blog in a long time. The global pandemic came and knocked all of us for a loop. I didn’t pretend to know what impact it would have on nonprofit organizations, and so I’ve waited until I gained my own clarity…

An Exciting New Partnership

At Nonprofit Data Solutions, we are constantly looking for new partnerships in order to expand our reach. We are excited to announce that we are sponsoring a screening of the film “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” at the 2019 Gold Coast International Film Festival….

The Smartest Phone Calls You Can Make

By Adam Lenter In 2002, I received a phone call so strategically brilliant that I think about it regularly today. I was living in Boston, where I had recently quit my job in order to move to New York for graduate school. One morning, the…

Synergy Between Program and Fundraising

Our “triangle framework” says that every nonprofit organization consists of three equally important components: the impact on society that is the organization’s mission to achieve, the program it administers toward achieving that impact, and the funding necessary to carry out the program. While “Program” and…

A Magical Day

This past Saturday was one of the most special days in the history of Nonprofit Data Solutions. To describe it requires a little backstory… Our first Program Portal client was Racquet Up Detroit – http://racquetup.org/. Racquet Up is a member of the Squash + Education…

Technology Pros and Cons

As technology advances by leaps and bounds, the nonprofit sector is transforming rapidly. In order to stay current in the field, it is important for nonprofit leaders to know about the options available to them. However, before embracing every new technology that comes along, it…

Youth Development Conference

We recently attended the NYS Network for Youth Success’s annual conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. It was amazing to connect with so many professionals dedicated to creating outstanding opportunities for young people. There were people from big cities and small towns alike, representing public schools,…

Why do Donors Give?

Donating to a nonprofit organization is an odd thing. Generally, when we choose to spend our hard-earned money, we receive a product or service of equal value in return. In fact, that’s the basis of our entire financial system. So, when people give to your…