Welcome to Hardy Smith's blog, where he shares experience and insight learned through decades in the corporate world and advocating on behalf of nonprofits and associations across America.

Hardy's mission is to help maximize the performance of nonprofits and associations and their essential leadership teams.

If you’re seeking to triumph over communication challenges, bring meaningful and manageable solutions to, and realize measurable results of your organization, this blog will give you more than ideas -- it will maximize your team’s performance like never before.

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Three Tips for Better Board Recruiting Results
Nonprofits wanting positive and productive boards can use these three tips to improve board recruiting results. Read More >>
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Does Your Nonprofit Want Fundraising Board Members?
Nonprofits who want their board members to be activily engaged in fundraising should rethink their board recruitment. Read More >>
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How To Increase Nonprofit Board Engagement
Nonprofits can be challenged by board engagement not meeting expectations. This post shares actions that will increase board engagement. Read More >>
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Recommended Reading for Nonprofit Leaders
Investing time in reading should be a priority for every nonprofit, association, and chamber of commerce leader. Here's my latest list of recommended reading to help leaders improve their skills. Read More >>
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What Creates Donor Loyalty?
Nonprofits and charitable causes struggle with donor retention. Organizations that can build donor loyalty will increase ongoing giving and financial sustainability. Read More >>
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Hardy Smith’s Recommended Resources for Nonprofit Leaders
Books: These are books that I have personally read and recommend as being beneficial to anyone working with nonprofits, associations, and volunteer-based organizations. Some are considered classics by nonprofit professionals and others reflect the most current trends affecting nonprofit performance. Read More >>
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Benefit from A Collaborative Board
Doesn't it make sense that a board working with a spirit of collaboration is going to be more engaged and more productive? Read More >>
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Avoid Nonprofit Board Diversity Recruiting Mistakes
Often nonprofit boards fail to meet diversity and inclusion goals because of mistakes in their recruiting process. Read More >>
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Four Strategies for Nonprofit Success In 2021
Nonprofits spent most of 2020 in a reactive mode caused by pandemic induced disruption and uncertainty. Those same difficulties will continue well into the new year. Resolving to take intentional action rather than being stymied by constantly reacting is how organizations can proactively keep their mission moving forward despite the challenges being faced. Read More >>
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Nonprofits Must Recognize Reality
It’s time nonprofits come to grips with the present-day situation. We’re in a pandemic and there is economic stress. The circumstances nonprofits have been thrust into don’t have a clear end in sight and the challenges faced are likely to have long-lasting impact. Read More >>