Common Nonprofit Mistakes and Their Simple Solutions

A tale of a nonprofit’s journey to success.

I Could Do It All, But I Shouldn't

I Could Do It All, But I Shouldn’t

While I now run Aplos, I didn't start that way. In one form or another, I have always been helping a nonprofit get started, advising on its management or helping run the operations. It really hit full stride when I quit working as an auditor for a big corporate accounting ...
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I Asked Too Little, Then Too Much - Walking The Volunteer Tightrope

I Asked Too Little, Then Too Much – Walking The Volunteer Tightrope

One of the things I enjoy most about the nonprofits and churches I have worked with over the years is their commitment to volunteerism. There is incredible power in a motivated and active volunteer base and it frequently goes hand-in-hand with stronger fundraising. But even leaders of organizations with an ...
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How I Almost Lost My Nonprofit In 24 Hours

How I Almost Lost My Nonprofit In 24 Hours

Nonprofit leaders are experts in multitasking. They juggle a million responsibilities, successfully work on tight budgets, and grind day in and day out. Without a doubt, there is a method to the madness that keeps you moving forward! But losing your tax-exempt status would change your methods into just pure ...
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The Three Ring Circus: Sales Calls, Nonprofit Style

The Three Ring Circus: Sales Calls, Nonprofit Style

When I founded Aplos, I needed to raise funds to get it off the ground, but I dreaded the task. I believed in what we were doing, but just hated asking for money. Sound familiar? The good news is, I didn't let that feeling stop me. I successfully raised over ...
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The One Mistake That Almost Killed Our Fundraiser

The One Mistake That Almost Killed Our Fundraiser

I have participated in some great nonprofit events over the years; ones that have successfully raised funds, energized the nonprofit's donor base, and showcased the organization's mission to a broader audience. But those aren't the only goals a small nonprofit should keep in mind. Events can be a costly way ...
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I Have Money Allocated For That . . . I Think

I Have Money Allocated For That . . . I Think

There's a modern saying we use at Aplos, "Fund Rich, Cash Poor." It's the simplest way to describe a nonprofit that has lots of money in the bank, but can't use it because it's stuck in a restricted fund. Over the years working as an accountant and financial advisor for ...
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How I Built A Donor Base of Sand

How I Built A Donor Base of Sand

Nonprofit leaders often come to me for financial advice because of my background in accounting, and discussions about money often lead to conversations about ways to increase donations to fund their missions. I see many nonprofits working hard to bring in new donors, only to be frustrated as their established ...
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Why I Shouldn't Review My Nonprofit's Monthly Financials

Why I Shouldn’t Review My Nonprofit’s Monthly Financials

I'll admit it: I'm a nerd. I'm a trained accountant and very few things get me more fired up than internal controls, the process that protects an organization's people and finances. It is music to my ears when a nonprofit tells me they have two people count the money, have ...
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My Nonprofit Makes an Impact, I Just Need to Prove It

My Nonprofit Makes an Impact, I Just Need to Prove It

This video features a handful of the customers we get the privilege of working with at Aplos, and it is the reason we love what we do. They are making a real impact in our world and we love working to help them be successful. What makes this a successful ...
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Why I Am Sticking To My Roots

Why I Am Sticking To My Roots

Creative, innovative, flexible. Valuable traits for any leader, right? Absolutely. But can you be too responsive to opportunities? I rely on these skills daily to keep Aplos relevant and receptive to the needs of nonprofits. Nonprofit leaders need the same abilities to guide their nonprofits through the ebb and flow ...
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