Trendspotters

Feb 8, 2016

Trend Spotter: Clear and Meaningful Responsibilities Ease Board Recruitment Challenges

For all nonprofit organizations, board members play important role in the work that they do. Most Trend Spotters reported having good relationships with their board chairs, and many resources exist to help nonprofits improve the way the board functions.

Nov 3, 2015

Trend Spotter: What Keeps You Up At Night

As we resume our Trend Spotter reports, we are interested in what are the things executive directors are losing sleep over. These insomnia-inducing concerns will drive our upcoming Trend Spotter reports where we explore the causes and evidence-based solutions to help nonprofit executives hopefully sleep a little bit more easily going forward.

Dec 2, 2013

Trend Spotter: (Mis)Perceptions and challenges of nonprofit advocacy

Trend Spotters are more politically active than they think but face the challenges of limited staff, volunteers and financial resources to be engaged in the long process of influencing public policy.

Dec 1, 2013

Trend Spotter: Using social media

Many nonprofit organizations use their websites and social media to raise awareness about the work that they do. Even relatively small nonprofit organizations in North Carolina are using these tools to cultivate volunteers and appeal to donors, as well as the broader community. While most nonprofit organizations are focused mainly on using Facebook and their websites, some organizations are using Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to reach out to their volunteers, donors and the broader community. Although nonprofits like that social media helps them publicize their events and activities and reach out to new audiences, many do not have the time, staff or capacity to effectively use and manage social media. Some wonder about the return on investment. The good news is that there are number of resources available to nonprofits who are interested in investing in the use of social media

Aug 19, 2013

Trend Spotter: Managing volunteers in your nonprofit organization

The sixth Trend Spotter survey of small nonprofits in North Carolina finds that volunteers continue to play essential roles, especially in supporting fundraising efforts, but that it is difficult to recruit enough dedicated volunteers to support ongoing programs.

Jul 15, 2013

Trend Spotter: Investing in staff and your nonprofit’s future

The fifth in an ongoing series of Trend Spotter surveys looks at attracting and retaining talented staff – not just to meet today’s needs, but to establish long-term success in serving constituents. Learn about the challenges and opportunities facing small North Carolina nonprofit organizations.

May 6, 2013

Trend Spotter: Learning and leading nonprofit organizations in uncertain times

In the fourth Trend Spotter survey of nonprofit leaders at small organizations across North Carolina, the majority of respondents say they received training in the past two years designed to improve the way they lead their nonprofit organization. Whether it was formal or peer-to-peer learning, the experiences built confidence and capacity that enhanced agency success as well as improved the overall work environment.

Mar 11, 2013

Trend Spotter: Challenges of evaluation for nonprofit organizations

The third Trend Spotter survey, a special project of the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State University, polled small North Carolina nonprofits about their challenges related to evaluation their effectiveness for internal and external audiences. Results show that while most do conduct some type of assessment, some nonprofits report that they lack of capacity and expertise make it difficult to collect timely and reliable results. However, significantly more Trend Spotter participants in this survey have engaged in formative evaluation (62 percent) compared to a recent national sample (17 percent).

Jan 28, 2013

Trend Spotter: Raising money for your nonprofit organization

In the second survey of Trend Spotter, a special project of the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State University, 100 respondents across North Carolina described what it was like to raise money for their nonprofit organization over the last two years. Consistent with national trends, respondents say creative fundraisers are helping to attract needed dollars. Direct appeals with established donors also remain effective.

Nov 24, 2010

Foundations say technology ‘lagging’

While the recession seemed to leave U.S. foundations’ technology relatively unscathed, more than half say their adoption of new technologies is ‘lagging,’ a new survey says.