Finding an industry or sector of society that has not been impacted by COVID-19 would be difficult, and the nonprofit sector is no exception. This ever-changing situation has hurt nonprofits while also bringing many to the forefront of charitable and community safety efforts. When the crisis has lessened, the face of nonprofits will have changed. By taking a look at the immediate COVID impact on the nonprofit world, charitable organizations can face the future with the right planning in place.
When we last caught up with Johnson & Wales College of Online Education alumna Julia Abbiss ’15 ’17 MS – Nonprofit Management, she was on a steady track to graduating with her master’s degree. After completing her undergraduate degree in Tourism and Hospitality management with JWU in Providence, Julia’s inner travel bug was itching for a new setting.
Even after graduating with her BS – Accounting from Johnson & Wales University and a successful 10-year career working as an accountant for nonprofits, Monica Leeming ’19 MBA was hungry for more. “I didn’t feel that my bachelor’s was enough for me,” she says. “I wanted to keep growing professionally so I felt that I need to do more to advance a little more.”
Alright, y’all, let’s get frosty. We’re heading into one of the testiest event-based fundraiser debates, ever: open bar vs. cash bar.
As you may well know, my nonprofiteers, putting on a black-tie fundraiser requires extensive planning, strategizing, and stewardship. Don’t let the night of the event spoil your mojo! Anything and everything that happens during your event is a reflection, positive or negative, on your organization and on you.
Having worked in nonprofit operations and fundraising for two decades, I have experienced the good, the bad, and the unbelievable.
To ensure a streamlined and successful event, the following pitfalls can easily be avoided:
If you can boast that your board of directors is fun-filled and fulfilled, then you, my friend, may be a miracle worker. Far too many boards are rife with résumé junkies and do-nothings. That’s not to ignore the superstars who sit on boards and do the lion’s share of work … because of the résumé junkies and do-nothings.
Nip this in the bud.
You’ve got too much work to do to have slackers sitting in the most important positions. Here are some simple solutions to ensure your board is tip-top.
Your time is precious. Many college students, especially in the online classroom, are tasked with keeping up with their studies while holding down a full-time job. So, when I tell you that volunteer work can be the essence to a fulfilled collegiate career, you may think, “Who has the time?”
If you want to make your mark in an industry that puts the needs of others first, there’s no better way to prepare than with a nonprofit management certificate. Gain the edge you need to take your place among nonprofit leaders with an online graduate certificate focused in nonprofit management from Johnson & Wales University. Developed in partnership with industry experts, coursework in this 100-percent online certificate program will give you the nonprofit leadership educational exposure you need to effectively manage within the sector.
Learn to lead a nonprofit organization with an MPA.
This online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Management is designed for students who have a passion for public service and a desire to lead a nonprofit organization. Through this online program, students will study effective leadership, public personnel administration, social entrepreneurship, and more.
This online program links theory, policy, and practice, giving students the unique skills required for management opportunities in a nonprofit setting.