Archive for August, 2016

Why Employee Evaluations Matter

Employee evaluations matter. They help to encourage communication between supervisor and employee, contribute to a lower turnover rate, and allow organizations to focus on the mission at hand and become the best nonprofit organization possible. The Bridgespan Group suggests in Performance Assessment: Setting the Stage for an Effective Process that evaluations should become part of the organizations culture. Starting evaluations is not easy, especially when it seems there is no time for what an organization already has to do. However, an organization needs to look at what evaluations can accomplish and the information that can come out of a successful evaluation. Nicole Phillips, director of human resources from the Bridgespan Group agrees, adding that it’s important for the managers who will be conducting performance reviews to be comfortable doing so. “If you have people delivering performance reviews who aren’t confident doing it, then the process won’t run smoothly,” she said. There are no set steps on how an organization should conduct evaluations. It may be informal or formal, could be a conversation, a supervisor review, or a peer review. What makes an evaluation successful? There are at least three elements to successful evaluations. Goal Setting: Make the importance of the goals…

‘Tis the Season: Galas, Dinners, and Fundraisers

Annual fundraising events can be a great asset. They help nonprofits raise awareness and engage people in their cause. But, let’s face it: events are not a one-size-fits-all road to fundraising success. How do you know if your organization is ready to take the plunge into the annual event limelight? Ask yourself these four critical questions to evaluate if a signature event is right for you. How has your organization performed on past fundraising events?   Before taking the annual event leap, first evaluate how past events have performed. Does your organization consistently struggle to reach its event goals? Does each of your events require one heroic effort after another to pull it off? Is there an expectation that your nonprofit will raise money with every event? Have your events turned into an entertainment channel, hiding away your mission? Why is your organization considering an annual event?   It is absolutely critical that everyone in the organization and on the board is aware of your event objectives and willing to contribute time, treasure and resources. A gala always sounds like a good idea; in reality it is a tremendous amount of work. Be clear about why you want to undertake…