Hardy's Blog

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.

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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Keep Your Nonprofit Moving Forward
Dealing with COVID-19 requires constant adjusting, and action is needed to get nonprofits to a future time that’s better than the present. Here are four resources with actions that can be taken now that can help you deal with the pandemic. Read More >>
Use SOAP for Nonprofit Problem-Solving
Problem-solving formulas can be complicated and difficult to implement, but not if they're as clean as S.O.A.P. When you're struggling for answers to a challenging issue, apply this investigative method that doctors use for determining the best course of action to take. Read More >>
Leading Nonprofits During Covid-19
Isn’t it reassuring to see the nonprofit sector collaboratively engaged identifying best courses of action as we continue to cope with Covid-19? My continuing series of curated resources encourages organizations to take advantage of the excellent advice that is being shared. Here are three priority categories with how-to guidance for dealing with the Covid-19 challenge. Read More >>
Keep Your Board Engaged During Covid-19
Ensuring your board remains engaged during Covid19 is critical. Ongoing communication should be maintained to keep board members apprised of situations affecting your organization. Here are four resources to help you do just that. Read More >>
Leading Nonprofit Teams During Covid-19
Leading a nonprofit isn’t easy in the best of times and that responsibility is now radically more difficult because of Covid-19. Adding to the challenge is leaders having to lead their teams remotely and finding overcoming the obstacle of mandated separation requires a different skill set. These six resources offer how-to guidance for remote-team leadership success during a crisis. Thank you to each for the much-needed help you are providing. Read More >>
Nonprofit Crisis Fundraising
Should nonprofits conduct fundraising activity during the coronavirus crisis? Even though being faced with loss of anticipated funding and confronted with new expense demands of providing services during this emergency, there is a fine line between what’s considered an acceptable financial request right now and what isn’t. To help nonprofits wrestling with this difficulty I am sharing thoughts from seven highly respected fundraising resources. Read More >>
COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits
Nonprofit and association leaders are certainly in an unprecedented time and the situation is rapidly changing. In many ways, you're asked to be the calm in the storm. To assist you with the challenges this worldwide pandemic is creating, and to help you guide your ship to safety, nonprofit and association thought leaders are sharing the following resources. Read More >>