July 30, 2020

It’s not. In fact it’ll be here sooner than you think. As soon as the school year gets here, in whatever form that will be, you know as well as I do that you’ll be super busy, whether working from home or the office.

Fundraising still has to go on. Needy (and deserving)

people still need the services you offer.

There are annual reports, newsletters, virtual galas, and don’t forget #GivingTuesday.

Every year appeal season seems to come earlier and earlier, yet every year Rescigno’s is contacted by in late October and even in early November wanting help with their appeal. It’s very difficult to do a good job when you start your annual appeal that late in the year.

Right now, as August approaches...

July 17, 2020

When you walk into your doctor’s office for your annual physical exam the first words usually spoken to you are some version of, “Ok, let’s get your vitals.”

“Vital Signs,” that is.  When someone takes your temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration—those are your “vitals” when it comes to your physical health. They help your doctor to gauge your general health, offer clues to possible illness or disease, and provide insights for your future health and well-being.

Usually, this is routine. 

Perhaps you’ve experienced a time when everything didn’t exactly go routinely during your check-up. If so, you know how quickly routine can become something of a concern. 

If an obvious answer to a...

July 6, 2020

I was giving the remote on my TV a workout late one night during the 2020 pandemic, trying to divert my attention from another day of bad news when I came across an interesting interview.

The executive director of a not-for-profit organization that depends on contributions of shoes and socks and other apparel to fulfill its mission was complaining bitterly that vandals were breaking in to a drop-off box at night and taking whatever items donors had left for those in need.

Staff didn’t start arriving until 7:00 am so no one was around to gather up what had been dropped off overnight.

The executive director estimated that in the past year about $60,000 had been taken, cumulatively.

The executiv...

June 9, 2020

I sincerely hope you and your organization were prepared for the disaster that struck the entire world back in early March—Covid-19.

While it’s true that none of us know when disasters will strike, we know that they happen. That begs for a plan, doesn’t it? In fact, I don’t believe it’s a stretch to say that if you’re a nonprofit, large or small, at some point, you will face an emergency.

It’s the organization that has a plan in place before something happens and acts quickly to respond, that will have the most success.

When the pandemic of Covid-19 reared its ugly head back in early March, it was those nonprofits who had a plan in place and had practiced it that were able to put it into act...

May 21, 2020

This Corona-virus pandemic has been going on for quite some time now. A show of hands, please, for those of you who are sick and tired of it and don’t want to take it anymore.

While we're relatively sure that you just raised your hand (at least mentally), you may also be between a rock and a hard place. 

On the "rock side" are those who say it’s poor form to try to take advantage of a time when so many people in our country have died due to this virus. On the "hard place" side, are all of the great things you’ve been able to accomplish since mid-March.

Really, we’re proud of most of our clients. They haven’t sat back. They’ve continued to communicate and ask for support. And with very gratif...

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