July 5, 2018

According to a recent survey of nearly 1,200 nonprofit leaders, the Concord Leadership Group found that only 20% of nonprofit executives said they were very confident that they had the leadership abilities to enable their team and their nonprofit to achieve its goals.


May 21, 2018

I have worked in the non-profit arena for more than 26 years.  At the time that I began working for a non-profit in 1992, it was very common for corporations to not see a connection between corporate social responsibility (CSR), charitable donations and revenue generat...

March 27, 2018

According to a survey conducted last fall of 3,000 executives, staff, board members and donors, four of five nonprofits struggle with leadership and management issues.

As a consultant and former head of a nonprofit organization, I have seen the struggles that they face...

February 17, 2018

Your first 30 days as a non-profit executive director are crucial in setting the stage for your tenure at the organization.  Here are my recommendations on how to get started:

1. Insist on an independent audit of the organization. Some individuals affiliated with the or...

January 9, 2018

With the American economy continuing to improve, many people are considering a job change. The nonprofit sector is experiencing increased vacancies, especially in top leadership roles. Some are retiring while others are jumping ship to work for another organization.


November 18, 2017

I always emphasize to those organizations who I work for the importance of saying “Thank You.”  I encourage them to thank their benefactors every opportunity they can…both verbally and in writing, including thank you notes and letters.  A prompt Thank You is the #1 rea...

I recently read these five principles in Advancing Philanthropy, the journal of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  These principles are included in the AFP document entitled International Statement of Ethical Principles in Fundraising.  I believe in t...

October 2, 2017

Albuquerque, N.M., (October 2, 2017) – The Bernhardt Consulting Co. was recently selected by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) to lead its fund development efforts.

The mission of NAITCO is to increase agricultural literacy through K-12 edu...

A condominium complex in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey struck. Photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Note:  Specials thanks to Veronica Dagher of the Wall Street Journal with great advice on checking out a charity before giving to a hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund...

July 30, 2017

Published in the August 2017 issue of the award-winning non-profit journal Board and Administrator for Administrators Only, Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company

It may sound like a no-brainer, but the value of personal relationships in the nonprofit sector can’t be o...

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