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.

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 >>
Make Board Leadership Matter
If you’re tired of being frustrated by non-performing board members, make board development the priority it deserves. Making board leadership matter requires taking necessary action to ensure you have the best possible board candidates, providing needed training so they will know what they need to know, and making sure future leaders get prerequisite experience so they will be prepared to lead. Read More >>
5 Resolutions for 2020 Nonprofit Success
No doubt 2020 will be a year of challenge for most nonprofits. Here are five action resolutions that will help make your year a successful one. Read More >>
Improve Board Engagement
What can nonprofit leaders do to effectively engage their boards and what skills does that engagement require? Read on and listen in for the perspective I shared with The Beacon Podcast. Read More >>
Motivating and Inspiring Your Nonprofit Board
In this Beacon Podcast interview, I discuss nonprofit boards with host and producer Jeff Dowdy. Listen in as we discuss how to bring out the best in nonprofit boards, and comment below with what works best for you in your organization. Read More >>
Measurement Matters for Nonprofits
Donors want impact. Volunteers want impact. Board members want impact. Employees want impact. Measurement generates intentional impact and doesn’t your cause deserve that? Here are some thoughts on how to count what matters most. Read More >>
Boost Board Commitment With This Recruiting Mindset
I recently was interviewed by Wiley Publication's "Board and Administrator" Editor Jeff Stratton in his article, "Boost Board Commitment With This Recruiting Mindset." I discussed with Jeff the all-to-common disconnection between CEO expectations and board members they are working to recruit. Can you relate?     Read More >>
Disappearing Donors: How Fundraising Issues Can Push People off Nonprofit Boards
Failing to effectively communicate, challenging members to exceed the minimum expectations and understanding board members' philosophical differences about fundraising can affect their success at the task. Read more from Inside Philanthropy blogger Elisa Shoenberger, who included my perspective about the importance of clear board communication in her write up. Read More >>
How to Use Self-Awareness as a Personal and Professional Asset
How can you use self-awareness to become a more effective professional? Check out how I presented the topic to members of the Florida Public Relations Association at the organization's recent conference. Read More >>