The November question for the Giving Carnival is: “What business practices should nonprofits adopt to maximize their resources?”
My first answer dealt with having our financial house in order. But there's another wonderful business practice I think nonprofits could adopt to their benefit: investing in training.
I'd recommend nonprofit professionals and their employers to invest in:
- reading books, including those by authors like Seth Godin or me 🙂 or
- attending online seminars like those offered by CharityUniversity or
- keeping up with blogs like mine 🙂 or the many other wonderful nonprofit and marketing blogs out there or (GoogleReader and Bloglines are two helpful tools for this)
- going to live events like regional or national conferences.
We have to be life-long learners. Even if you pick up only one thing each time you invest in learning, the investment pays off. And reading on a wide variety of topics will help us relate to people that may become donors to our cause.
Each of these activities will certainly help your organization maximize your resources!