Blog Posts

September 21, 2017

Good news for nonprofits! Foundation funding in the U.S. had an upsurge in 2016 and 2017 and is expected to continue to grow.

According to a new study from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, from 2015 to 2016, foundation funding increased by 3.5%, a whopping $59.28 billion! In 2017, foundation funding almost doubled, by an increase of 5.9%. In 2018,...

August 3, 2017

For those who missed our FB post, ZIM is giving away four pairs of Frozen tickets! The performance is September 5th at 7:30pm at the Buell Theater. For your chance to win, share our post to your timeline and tag a friend who loves Disney in the comments by August 18.

ZIM will pick four lucky winners two weeks before the performance! Don’t miss your chance...

July 26, 2017

Finding the Right Person

In light of our recent blog series on finding development staff – and the fact that EVERYONE seems to be looking for development people right now – we thought it'd helpful to discuss some tips for increasing your chances of finding the right person to move your organization's resources forward:

  1. Make sure your job posting is br...

July 26, 2017

Summer Cleaning

For many organizations, summer is a relative downtime compared to the rest of the year. This makes it a great time to do some "summer cleaning" to prepare you for the fall and next year. In that light, there are some specific tasks you can do now – some more "fun" than others – to set you up for even greater success down the road.​

  1. Clea...

June 30, 2017

How to find a great development director?

Throughout this blog series, I have discussed the decline of the Development Director, which has been coming for a long time and is a serious issue. This section focuses on what can be done to recruit good people from outside your organization and keep them!

Option 1: Do a traditional search but look for non-traditi...

June 7, 2017

How can nonprofits prevent the extinction of good Development Directors? 

In our last blog, I explained that the decline of the Development Director has been coming for a long time and is a serious issue. Let’s say that you want to promote someone from within for the position. This section focuses on what can be done within an organization to keep good peo...

May 31, 2017

How the disappearance of qualified Development Directors impacts the fundraising ecosystem

In our last blog, I discussed how the decline of the Development Director has been coming for a long time and is directly impacted by supply and demand and cutthroat competition for resources.

Many of the issues facing organizations seeking good Development Directors...

May 24, 2017

Where have all the good Development Directors gone?

In our last blog, I discussed how Development Directors started to leave the nonprofit sectors as a result of the nonprofit Baby Boomers. Gen X-ers chafed in the environments they worked in due to unrealistic expectations, and many of them left the field to work in for-profits. Economic and market conditi...

May 17, 2017

The history of fundraising and development staffing

After 22 years of working in the nonprofit sector, I have seen my fair share of excellent mentors, leaders and development professionals. However, since 2008, the environment has significantly changed for development professionals. There are three positions that are getting harder and harder to find: exce...

August 11, 2016

As part of ZIM Consulting's new website, we're excited to have an expanded and more prominent blogging component, in which we'll discuss nonprofit ideas and strategies, current news and events, and changes at ZIM that will impact our work with nonprofits. Come back often for great information and food for thought!

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