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Nonprofits-Think Like A Magician

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.

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.

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.

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.

Create a Culture of Nonprofit Creativity

Leaders are looking for new ideas and solutions to difficult challenges. However, identifying innovative answers can be challenging. Just telling an organization to solve its problems by thinking outside the box isn’t especially helpful. What does that really mean?

Recruit Board Members with Purpose and Process

Do you have an effective process for recruiting board members? Take it from the pros: It’s worth the effort to secure the right board members for the right job. It starts by refusing to settle for less than what your organization needs.

Articles You Selected as Most Popular

You voted by your interest and dedicated reading of my blog, and the results are in! Check out my five most popular articles, and start the New Year off with focused strategies to help make your nonprofit more effective than ever before.

Are Nonprofit Best Practices Stupid?

Why continue to do what doesn’t work? Evaluate your practices to see if they are producing positive outcomes. If they’re not, change them. My speaker colleague Stephen Shapiro has insight how to do just that.

Change Your Approach to Board Engagement

Are you experiencing a lack of engagement by your board members? In fact, it’s a topic all my nonprofit and association friends can relate to. Consider that a new solution is needed and strategic steps are required to turn the tide and shift the momentum.

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.

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.

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.

Create a Culture of Nonprofit Creativity

Leaders are looking for new ideas and solutions to difficult challenges. However, identifying innovative answers can be challenging. Just telling an organization to solve its problems by thinking outside the box isn’t especially helpful. What does that really mean?

Recruit Board Members with Purpose and Process

Do you have an effective process for recruiting board members? Take it from the pros: It’s worth the effort to secure the right board members for the right job. It starts by refusing to settle for less than what your organization needs.

Articles You Selected as Most Popular

You voted by your interest and dedicated reading of my blog, and the results are in! Check out my five most popular articles, and start the New Year off with focused strategies to help make your nonprofit more effective than ever before.

Are Nonprofit Best Practices Stupid?

Why continue to do what doesn’t work? Evaluate your practices to see if they are producing positive outcomes. If they’re not, change them. My speaker colleague Stephen Shapiro has insight how to do just that.

Change Your Approach to Board Engagement

Are you experiencing a lack of engagement by your board members? In fact, it’s a topic all my nonprofit and association friends can relate to. Consider that a new solution is needed and strategic steps are required to turn the tide and shift the momentum.