Friday, October 25, 2013

Nonprofit Webinars Fall 2013: The rest of the season

Nonprofit Webinars, the premiere venue for free professional development for nonprofit leaders, is offering some unusual topics in the second half of our fall season, from some great presenters. Next week (October 30) we’ll feature the always fascinating Gil Lazan on meaningful conversations and productive work environments, and newcomer Tom Ralser with a unique spin on fundraising techniques that work in today's economic environment. Then on November 6, Froswa’ Booker-Drew will be addressing barriers to change and Susan Black will discuss key leadership factors for fundraising success.

On November 13 we’ll present the semi-finalists in our fourth annual great mission statement competition during the webinar “What’s a Mission Statement Worth?” (Entries close on October 31; go to for details) and Linda Lysakowski on involving volunteers in development. November 20 will feature Drew Tulchin on social enterprise and Michele Levy on building a nonprofit brand.

In December we’ll have newcomers Pam Williams on outsourcing accounting and Linda Crompton, former CEO of BoardSource, on “New Leadership.”

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fourth Annual Mission Statement Competition

A clear, concise, compelling, and memorable mission statement is the basis of a strong message, focused strategy, energized stakeholders and effective metrics. Is your nonprofit's mission statement a great one?

Enter the Fourth Annual What's Your Mission? Competition to win publicity and free consulting.
Or enter the Mission Statement Makeover category, and get help in creating a great statement.

There is just one more week before the deadline for entries—October 31.

Over the past three years we've had some great statements, interesting discussions, and very promising makeovers:
     Finalists in the 1st Annual Great Mission Statement Competition
     Finalists in the 2nd Annual Great Mission Statement Competition
     Finalists in the 3rd Annual Great Mission Statement Competition
     Mission Statement Makeover Discussion 2011: Part 1
     Mission Statement Makeover Discussion 2011: Part 2
     Mission Statement Makeover Discussion 2011: Part 3
     More thoughts about mission statements
     Zeroing in on a mission statement

For the entry form go to

For some thoughts on what makes an effective mission statement, check out Critical Issues#7: On Mission or sign up for our free webinar, What's a Mission Statement Worth?, on November 13. During the webinar we'll announce the semi-finalists and get help from the participants in choosing the finalists.