Attracting & Keeping Your Volunteers

By Carol D’Agostino

volunteer imageClearly we can all relate to the revolving door of volunteers. They come and they go and we are losing valuable resources. Have you ever asked yourself why? Of course you have…..but the answer may not be one you want to hear. Today, more than ever, there are large numbers of retirees and young individuals that are looking for volunteer opportunities. So with so many volunteers out there, why are we struggling with attracting and keeping our volunteers? Here’s a hint: the problem lies within us, not the volunteers. [Read more…]

LEAP 1.0 & 2.0 Coming in 2018!

Danosky & Associates is pleased to announce its continued partnership with the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and for the fourth consecutive year it will offer the acclaimed Leadership Enrichment for Advance Professionals (LEAP).

“Not only did I learn a tremendous amount, but the relationships I have built with the other LEAP participants has proven to be monumental.”

LEAP 2017 Participant

This year, the program has expanded.  In addition to the core program which explores the fundamental principles of executive leadership, a second LEAP 2.0 has been added for seasoned executives, providing advanced application of the leadership principles needed to meet the changing landscape of today’s nonprofit environment.  Topics will include best practices around collaboration, adaptive leadership, financial modeling, impact communications, fundraising effectiveness and more.  LEAP 2.0 will have the added benefit of participants being able to tailor the course outline to their groups’ specific learning aspirations. [Read more…]

8 Guideposts to Achieve Trust and Integrity in Your Videos- David Deschenes

I recently interviewed a number of families for a video we produced to highlight the value of a nonprofit organization that provides home and community health services across Connecticut. As with any on-camera interview, I approached these meetings with some basic questions such as “tell us what brought you to where you are now,” or “how did you get connected with this organization.” But I also probed more deeply to give the interviewees an opportunity to talk about things like their personal and professional challenges; some of the family dynamics at play as they worked through extremely trying issues. [Read more…]

5 Types of Low Cost, High Impact Videos That Nonprofits Can Create to Raise Awareness and Money- David Deschenes

Technological advances in visual marketing have presented opportunities for smaller to mid-sized nonprofits to establish a video marketing presence that may have been financially out of reach just a few years ago.

Smart phones now produce very high quality video, as reasonably priced smart phone accessories such as wireless or traditional mics, add-on lenses, and internal camera apps help to improve the quality even more. Add to that browser-based video editing software which can be subscribed to for a nominal fee, and you have the ability to create a high impact, low cost video to promote your mission and raise money. [Read more…]