Good News in the World of Fundraising- Mid Covid-19

By David Sharken

For those of you deeply engaged in running organizations in Covid19 times, the new normal is still new and far from normal. The following describes how one of our client groups […] Read More

COVID-19 AND APOLLO 13: CRISIS RESPONSE IN 2020

By Eric Phelps

Article by Eric Phelps Fifty years ago this spring, the Apollo 13 manned mission to the moon launched from the Kennedy Space Center (April 11, 1970). The third such planned […] Read More

8 Actions to Take Right Now

By David Sharken

Moving from the very earliest stages of the COVID-19 crisis, we at Rainmaker Consulting have a picture of the impacts, challenges, and opportunities that nonprofit organizations are experiencing. As we […] Read More

I give up: Finding breakthroughs from breakdowns

By Laurie Herrick

At Rainmaker we talk a lot about building a Culture of Philanthropy. Personally, I love talking about it, I love training people on it, and mostly I love the breakthroughs […] Read More

David Sharken of RAINMAKER Consulting writing about building a strong team

From simple birder to major donor: How training staff AND board made all the difference

By David Sharken

We are often asked “Why should we take the time to provide orientation and training to all of our staff and board towards a Culture of Philanthropy? Don’t we really just […] Read More

Strategic Planning + A Culture of Philanthropy = One Abundant Organization

By Laurie Herrick

So, your organization is about to embark in a strategic planning process…and you want your plan to be powerful, long-lasting and visionary. On the other hand, you want it done […] Read More

10 Easy Things a Board Can do to Create a Culture of Philanthropy

By Laurie Herrick

The holy grail of fundraising is the elusive “Culture of Philanthropy.” A Culture of Philanthropy is when everyone (including the board, executive director and staff) is part of connecting the agency to individuals in […] Read More

David Sharken of RAINMAKER Consulting writing about building a strong team

A Strong Team = Satisfying Work Towards Mission

By David Sharken

The quality of your team in any organization is key to workplace satisfaction and effective accomplishment of your goals.  Having a great team to back you up is one of […] Read More

Traditional Feasibility Studies – Are you Wasting Precious Resources?

By Laurie Herrick

It isn’t an unusual occurrence. A not-for-profit organization decides it needs to undertake a major building project, and the board approves a capital campaign – on the condition that they […] Read More

Better Board Meetings

Bored to Brilliant: Better Board Meetings

By Eric Phelps

Ten Steps to More Effective and Ultimately, Better Board Meetings Nonprofit board members commonly complain that board meetings often are boring and unproductive, but implementing a few practices can strengthen […] Read More