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*Foundational principles of excellence
*Logical analysis of systems
*Pathways to performance
*Mission accomplishment!

TESTIMONIAL

With Mary Jane’s expert guidance and recommendations, we were able to launch our passion project into a recognized 501c3 non-profit that has tremendous potential for success. She has played a key role in our formation, fundraising, networking, and has helped us to create a model that is both functional and still keeps our mission at the center. Her extensive knowledge and keen awareness of proper non-profit practices have been instrumental in the rapid growth of our organization. Mary Jane has a gift for finding the balance between passion and practicality when it comes to the longevity and achievements of an organization. Her experience, credibility, and dedication would be an asset to any organization lucky enough to glean from her wisdom.

Chrystal Smith
Founder/Executive Director, Foster Village Inc.
Foundation Logic

 

Strategic Planning—Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Life is so busy. Why should a group of professionals, already volunteering their time as board members, dedicate an entire day to strategic planning? A block of time is needed for big-picture, roll-up-your-sleeves brainstorming that allows everyone to see the forest...

TRUST is the Lifeblood of the Nonprofit Sector

The mantra that trust is the “lifeblood” of the nonprofit sector has been consistent through the last few decades. There are many facets to this trust and if one of them is breached, then all of them might as well have been breached. The damage is done. As previously...

The Tax Code Changed—Now What?

As predicted in late fall 2017, the changes to the US tax code are substantial and the nonprofit sector is significantly impacted. The National Council of Nonprofits has a helpful checklist to apprise nonprofit organizations of the largest issues of which they need to...

Charitable Giving: Measures of Confidence?

The end of a calendar year is a time of increased focus on charitable giving as well as planning for the upcoming fiscal year. When a donor’s primary objective is leveraging donations for the greatest benefit, rather than simply a tax deduction, research...

When To Pay For Expertise

When to Pay for Expertise? Despite the quest to keep operating expenses low, it is often best to avoid the inherent risk of utilizing key services of companies/individuals who are not licensed in their field. Time, expense, and even litigation can result from...

Volunteers: Leverage Motivations

For many nonprofit organizations, assistance from volunteers is critical to mission achievement. Whether the need is sheer manpower or expert knowledge and advice or creativity, unpaid labor is invaluable. Not only does volunteer assistance allow a nonprofit to keep...

Changing Standard Operating Procedures–Proficiency or Peril?

If you spend much time on professional media platforms you are likely to see the oft-quoted declaration, “The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘we’ve always done it this way’,” attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. Frequently, this contention is made within...

Marketing Audits

Marketing used to be a controversial idea for nonprofits and it is remarkable the degree to which marketing is not embraced today.  The primary concern seems to be diverting dollars away from direct services. Other criticisms of marketing in the nonprofit sector are...

Lobbying

Advocacy Demystified Since the 85th Legislative Session began last week in Texas, now is the perfect time for a reminder to nonprofits to not be fearful of “lobbying” for your cause. There is a pervasive misconception that nonprofits must stick to service provision...

SWOT Analysis: Timelessly Effective

Ideally, an analysis of your organization’s internal strengths and weaknesses as well as external opportunities and threats (SWOT Analysis) is conducted as part of a larger Strategic Planning process. Strategic Planning is critical for the most effective and efficient...

Do you know your donors, whether they have given money yet or not?

Often funds go begging for a recipient organization because prospective donors are not convinced that they should give. People give for very different reasons yet donors are often treated like they “should” give simply because the nonprofit is worthy. Think about...

Capacity Building

Do you remember raising your hand in school when there was something you did not understand? For most, asking those questions did not come easily as there is a very common fear that others in the room already understand what you do not. As any collegiate instructor...