Mendi Nieters

You Have A Strategic Plan. Now What?

| by Mendi Nieters

Creating a strategic plan, if done right, involves stakeholders and requires time and thoughtful work. It builds consensus around shared goals, provides direction, and hopefully creates excitement. So then why do some nonprofits do nothing with it when finished?   Is it time? Effo…

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Team Up

| by Mendi Nieters

The 2019 soccer season is in the books! It was a rough season for our household. Luckily, we ended on a high note with our first win in the last game of play of the tournament weekend. Yep, it was a long season of practices, rainouts, near wins, total defeats, and bruised egos. But that last…

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How Much Does It Really Cost?

| by Mendi Nieters

I comparison shop at a moment’s notice. You might have caught me in Costco or Target on my phone checking prices. Or you might have seen me looking for reviews on the product in hand. Intuitively we know that while cost matters, quality or desired impact also matters. When looking to…

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Can You Say No?

| by Mendi Nieters

On Monday night I had requests to be three places, all at once. It’s happened to us all, especially in this Fall season when we are gearing up for many great things. I agonized over one of the requests. It was to fill in for another leader who …

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Do You See Me?

| by Mendi Nieters

Friday, during my annual eye exam, I saw an email that caught my eye. The 2018 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study reported that on average 24 percent of 2017 nonprofit fundraising emails were going into spam folders. For the 55 large nonprofits they surveyed, this result…

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More Money, Fewer Donors, and Lots of Data

| by Mendi Nieters

Headlines sell, and as much as I don’t want to be a victim of a lead, several have grabbed my attention this month. Recently, Giving USA released their annual report on giving trends. I love numbers and looking for trends, so I jumped in!   I was excited to l…

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We’re Number Three!

| by Mendi Nieters

Do you ever have one of those days where all the dots connect? That happened to me on Monday. I started the day with an article from The Chronicle of Philanthropy showing that nonprofits are the third-largest employer in America with 11.9 million employees.  I was so intrigued that I ha…

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Strategic Confession

| by Mendi Nieters

I have a confession to make. I am extremely involved with an organization I care deeply about, and they don’t have a strategic plan.  “Hi, my name is Mendi, and my favorite organization does not have a plan.”  It’s ironic given what I do professionally and…

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Welcome to the Family!

| by Mendi Nieters

For those of you who know me, or have read a prior blog, you know we welcomed chickens into our family last year.  You have heard fun stories of naming the chickens, the one who ending up being a rooster, the day the fox came to dinner, and sequentially welcoming new chickens to the fam…

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Spinning Faster and Getting Nowhere

| by Mendi Nieters

I can’t begin to tell you how much I learned in the first few years of development work. In my first year, we had planned 13 mass-market event fundraisers. The development manager left two months before half of the events took …

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