Starting A Nonprofit? Check these Tips


Instruction-ManualWe’ve all been there.

Before starting any project, everyone knows: Read the Instructions!
But don’t look for an instruction booklet when you are thinking about starting a nonprofit. Sorry, it doesn’t exist…

Instead, it is going to seem like everything is a first priority:
• finding initial, startup operational money
• selecting Board members
• submitting for 501©3 status
• preparing for fundraising and finding grants that might fit and many more necessary steps.

Here’s some advice and Tips to follow..

First, ask questions.  Take time to find nonprofit peers who already have learned lessons needed to successfully launch a nonprofit. Most nonprofit participants and communities are very open, very sharing. Their experience and insights can save you a lot of frustration and time.

Second, write your plan.  I’ve always been involved in planning–strategic, project and organizational. So I know the value of taking time to talk, to listen and to set some modest goals in a written plan. You may have it in your head, but it needs to be written, too.  You can tweak it as you go along, but you will need the guide to navigate the complicated process, stay focused and get other stakeholders understand and communicate what makes your nonprofit unique and needed.

Third, find great partners to do the job ahead. Find people who care as much about your cause and Mission as you do. Yes–great people are out there: “can do” staff, capable and committed Board members, willing and eager volunteers, and other partners in the community.

NonProfit Sector Out of the Woods in 2014 Giving Growth Report?



Non Profit Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

A column in the July 1, 2015 The NonProfit Times is chock full of “Good NewsBad News” about giving for nonprofits.  Giving USA data shows 2014 increased in giving levels–that’s Good News for the NonProfit sector.  Right?

But look closer…this article should give nonprofit leaders and their Boards of Directors a reason for pause.   The new data signals the need for a prudent conversation about the impact of demographic changes, etc., on your nonprofit’s funding outlook.  Nonprofit executives, Board members need to roll up their sleeves to sustain/grow funding for their NonProfit’s specific organization and mission.

Paul Clolery’s NonProfit Times General Ramblings column titled:  “Text To Not Give.  Giving increases temporarily mask larger issues”.

Several key points from the article:

Good News:  a 7.1 percent increase in giving during 2014 gets us back to the neighborhood of the 2007 level of giving.  Hooray!

Bad News: of the 4 sources of giving–only foundation giving reached its prior high.  (Giving results from the other big sources: individuals, bequests and corporations did not yet exceed their previous peak levels.)

Good News and Bad News:  population is growing (Good); current donors give more (Good, too)…..but the core number of donors continues to decline (Bad News).

Mr. Clolery offered some possible answers to the donor decline:

• Donors see and buy food items and other retail products that support a charity.  They buy and support a cause in one fell swoop.(Good News).

So the donor feels good, but may stop there–go no further in giving to support the need (Bad News).

Mr. Clolery also points out…

• small non-recurring gifts just won’t do the job

• Social media tweeting and retweeting to advocate support for a charitable cause/nonprofit mission is growing (Good News). But…does it stop there?   Substantial financial support is still required to operate and do the work and Mission.

Here’s my recommendation:

Get started on that “where-will-our-funding-come-from-now?” conversation at your NonProfit.  Contact us to talk.  There is a lot at stake for everyone.

Sorry, I was unable to link you to the full article…it’s not yet posted online.



What Barriers do You Face in Your military-to-civilian job Transition?

Are you transitioning from military-to-civilian employment?

What barriers do you find in getting hired in a civilian job?








You can weigh in by taking a Barriers to Civilian Employment Survey in confidence–and then get the results in “Best Practices” when the survey is completed in November.

Scott Koscielniak, SPHR is doing graduate research project. Scott is a member of the LinkedIn Group known as “Transitioning Junior Military Officers”.  It is a valuable source of information about challenges in transitioning fto a civilian private sector job.

Scott wants to identify barriers that veterans face as they seek civilian workforce employment.  He then wants to develop best practices to help military personnel in this change.

First step–Go to Linked in and find the How to Join a Groups help page:

Find and join the LinkedIn group “Transitioning Junior Military Officers”

Second step–Take a few minutes and complete Scott’s survey.

(If you are an enlisted military serviceman or woman–check out another LinkedIn Group titled:  “Enlisted Veterans of the US Military” for job search advice and support)

Free Webinar for Transitioning US Military professionals: “How to Decide Which Job You REALLY want as You Make Your Military-to-Civilian Career Transition”

How do you decide which civilian sector JOB is going to be a great move?

It’s a big decision. Many US military professionals are transitioning to find a civilian job because of downsizing and cutbacks. Naturally, many are unsure what they really want to do in a new job and career.

If you are retiring or leaving a military job due to sequestration and budget cuts, now is the right time to find your own answer to: “What do you want to do now”?


Register below for a free 45-minute webinar on this issue on Tuesday, July 15 pm at 7:00pm CT (Central Time).  You’ll to hear some straight talk on getting clear on deciding what your next great job and civilian career look like.

In this webinar you will learn:
• how you can get clarity about what you really want in your next job
• 3 resources where you can get job profiles with specifics to help you decide
• free resource to help you learn compensation/salary levels and demand that you can expect in specific civilian jobs.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

…go to our website resource page:

or register at:

“How to Decide Which Job You REALLY want as You Make Your Military-to-Civilian Career Transition”
Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:00PM CDT (Central Daylight Time) (8:00PM EDT; 7:00PM CDT; 6:00PM MDT; 5:00PM PDT)

Register for April 29 Webinar: “Straight Talk About Jobs & Careers for Military Personnel & Defense Industry Professionals”

“Straight Talk About Jobs & Careers for Military Personnel & Defense Industry Professionals:
3 Smart No-Risk Moves To Take Now.” 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:00PM – 7:00PM CDT*
*(7:00pm EDT; 6:00pm CDT; 5:00pm MDT; 4:00pm PDT)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Register now at:

Soldier amid the mountains of Afghanistan








It’s now becoming pretty clear:   downsizing will mean:

• early exit from military service for some personnel and

• cancelled defense programs/job loss for others.

The sequestration-driven cost reductions, cancelled programs and consolidated services and programs are underway. Time is ticking away–and the only certainty is change.

Register to hear some straight talk about what smart moves you can start now to get prepared.  Regardless of what happens in 3 months or 6 months or a year from now… (or maybe never!), you need to see how smart it is to take charge your own job and career–right now.  Better to be prepared for “what if?” happens unexpectedly.
Register for this free 45-minute webinar to get:

• straight talk about what is happening now in employment and career

• Information on what you can do now take the steps your career, job and income

• Free resources and Special offer for participants

Temporary Work Complicating the Military-to-Civilian Job Transition

Another employment trend complicates the Military-to-Civilian job transition:  temporary work.

Employers in the civilian world are finding temporary assignments may just be all they have to offer.  Finding full-time work is still a major challenge.  Demand for temporary workers is growing.  We’ve already seen the trend towards more contract (not full-time) employment.

Sequestration-driven budget cuts are impacting the defense industry.  This means military personnel that are being downsized.  They are forced to exit a career sooner-than-planned.  They will face another challenge as they move from military-to-civilian employment.

Temporary employment or under-employment is not what military personnel want to hear now.  They want to use their skills, interest and experience to identify, bring value and get hired by employers who offer a good job with stable income and a real future.

Read the full NBC story at:   

Register for Our February Webinar: “You Can Do This: Make Your Successful Transition From the Defense Industry to the Job and Career You Want!”

motivation quote premium beautifulSequestration and more budget cuts are coming for the defense industry.  They have not “gone away’…they are very real threats to jobs and careers for US defense industry professionals.   Are you waiting to see “what’s next?”.

Don’t wait.

Do yourself (and your family) a huge favor by taking steps to startup your preparation for a successful job and career transition NOW.



If you are:

• a contractor

• a member of US military (active, reserves, Guard)

• a supplier serving the Defense industry

…go to our website resource page:

and register to attend this free webinar.

“You Can Do This:  Make Your Successful Transition From the Defense Industry to the Job and Career You Want!”

Thursday, February 27, 2014 6:00PM – 7:00PM CST*

What’s Ahead for the US Defense Industry Now? Protecting Your Career, Job and Income







Sequestration is off the front pages for now…

That’s because the January omnibus spending bill from Congress provided budget relief of $20 billion for the Pentagon.  But this budget adjustment from earlier sequestration cuts has been described by many as “simply a Band-Aid”.

The outlook for 2014-2015 is more uncertainty for the defense industry. Decisions are now being made to cut more programs, reduce costs and consolidate services and programs.  Unfortunately, these cuts and reductions will mean job and career changes.  Who will be impacted?   Contractors, military personnel, companies and others who serve the industry.

The continuing turbulent period for defense is expected to continue through 2014 and another 6 years because of US budget troubles.  Multi-year planning and far-reaching decisions in defense are now being made that will no doubt impact R&D, new initiatives and other long-held programs.

Smart professionals will start now to ready themselves for job/career change.   They know its time to manage their own career, job and income because of this continued work uncertainty.

To help, we are offering a timely Webinar: “What’s Ahead for the US Defense Industry Now?  3 Tips for Protecting Your Career, Job and Income”

Professionals can join us for this free webinar to be presented on Thursday January 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM CST.

Interested professionals can Register now at:

Join us next Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 1:00PM – 2:00PM CST*

(2:00pm EST; 1:00pm CST; 12:00pm MST; 11:00am PDT)

Important Webinar tomorrow: Discover Steps to GET OFF the Sequestration Roller Coaster

Sequestration and budget cuts have halted defense projects, slowed development and impacted lives and careers of many industry professionals.  2013 was full of uncertainty for the defense industry–and despite small deals in Washington, DC–2014 will likely bring more of the same.
If you are a defense industry professional:
• Are you concerned about what this can mean to your job and career?
• Are you worn out from the uncertainty of your job and income?
• Are you worrying about what you can do about it?
If the answer is yes, you need to register for our free webinar to:
• Hear the 5 key questions you need to ask yourself now–before the New Year begins

• Learn how you can take charge of your career and life and get off the Roller Coaster

• Discover options and steps you can take now

Sign up for our Thursday December 19th webinar:  

“Sequestration Roller Coaster:  5 Questions Defense Industry Professionals Need to Ask Now”

For details and Registration… go the Rohan Business Group website:


Sequestration cuts impacting Lockheed Martin jobs

On Thursday,  Lockheed Martin announced that it will cut 4,000 jobs.  The job losses are another sign of the slowdown in the defense business due to less U.S. government spending.  In a USA Today article, Lockheed Martin’s CEO Marillyn Hewson said “In the face of government budget cuts and an increasingly complex global security landscape, these actions are necessary for the future of out business.”

Layoffs of long-time employees will be especially tough.  CEO Hewson said, “Reducing our workforce of dedicated employees and closing facilities are among the most difficult decisions we make.”

I’ve talked to several defense contract employees in the past few weeks.  They told me they were well aware of the potential impact on them.  But they didn’t think it would really happen to them.  But it did.  So now they realize they need to get going and search for that new job.  Several expect to return to defense; others want to decide if a position in another industry using their skill sets is a smart move.

If you are a professional in the defense industry, don’t wait.  Now is the time to get prepared.  Your job and career (and paycheck) is no doubt a priority for you and your family.

If you are wondering about how federal budget cuts could impact you and your employmentregister for this Free webinar tomorrow night:

“How Defense Industry Professionals Can
Build A Great Job and Career in America’s New “World of Work”

It’s a 45 minute presentation this Thursday, November 21, 2013 6:00PM CDT*

You can register for this free webinar.  Just click on:  Free Webinar for Defense Industry Professionals