Pretty Bad Best Practices

In our experience here at NAF, most nonprofits are really good at following rules. And yet, when we give presentations encouraging them to step up their game by having reserves and being innovative and strategic, we hear time and time again, “That all sounds great, and we’d really love to do those things, but we can’t. We don’t have the flexibility.”

Who Pays For the Common Good?

The recent news of Minnesota’s Crisis Connection closing due to shortfalls in funding is a powerful case study in the financial and strategic issues that face nonprofits.

And it raises a gigantic, thorny question: What is the balance between serving the common good and the financial realities of nonprofits?

Financial Management is a Teachable Skill

One of our foundational beliefs at NAF is that the nonprofit sector is chock full of potential for financial savvy.

8 Lessons from the Front Lines of Nonprofit Arts Management

Over the years, NAF has worked with a wide range of arts organizations: small, large, urban, rural, and spanning an array of mediums, audiences, and missions.

There’s (Almost) No Such Thing As “Founder’s Syndrome”

Ways to talk about organizational leadership challenges without blaming the people who got it off the ground

We’ve all heard the phrase when there’s trouble in a nonprofit: “Founder’s Syndrome.” It means, in essence: the organization’s difficulty can be laid at the feet of the person whose creative energy got things going in the first place.