Frank Connolly

Frank Connolly
Frank is the Director of Communications and Research/Senior Editor at Skye Learning.

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3 Strategic Nonprofit Planning Processes

Posted by Frank Connolly on Oct 16, 2019 9:24 AM

Nonprofit leaders can employ the strategic planning process to keep the organization focused on its mission and goals. Strategic plans can be helpful in anticipating and responding to changes, building consensus within the organization, and keeping the operations of the nonprofit aligned with its mission. For example, leaders can target spending only on those programs and projects that are identified as vital, and they can link fundraising and applications for grants to the nonprofit's strategic vision.

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10 Essential Negotiation Skills

Posted by Frank Connolly on Sep 24, 2019 9:53 AM

People disagree; it's simply human nature. But learning how to settle disagreements does not come naturally to everyone. 

There are multiple avenues available to people who are seeking to settle a dispute or conflict. According to the American Bar Association, there are 22 different methods of dispute resolution commonly in use. The ABA's number may seem higher than what many other authorities cite because it includes several legal methods and strategies that would typically be grouped together under the single heading of "Sue the Bastards!"

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10 Grant Writing Best Practices - Skye Learning

Posted by Frank Connolly on Sep 3, 2019 9:35 AM

Successful grant writing offers nonprofits a way to attract outside funding, and it also helps to support the organization's vision and goals. Strategic grant writing looks to align identified needs of the nonprofit (and its clients) with funding sources, whether foundations, government agencies, corporations, or individuals. Check out our latest infographic for ten best practices to help you while writing your next grant.

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Advantages of Starting a Nonprofit

Posted by Frank Connolly on Aug 6, 2019 10:12 AM

Starting a nonprofit can be a daunting venture, but don’t let the potential negatives overshadow the positives. There can be many social advantages to starting a nonprofit, including providing a service, protection from personal interests, sustainability, volunteer involvement, and invested employees. There are also financial benefits, including tax exemption, grant support, foundation support, and tax deduction for donors. Check out our latest infographic, which goes into more detail about the social and financial benefits of starting a nonprofit.

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7 Differences Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations

Posted by Frank Connolly on Jul 9, 2019 10:04 AM

The most significant difference between nonprofits and for-profit organizations lies in their purpose: nonprofits have a social mission, while for-profits aim to offer products and services that are valuable to consumers and generate revenue. Nonprofits also receive certain tax breaks. Check out these seven key differences between nonprofit and for-profit organizations in our latest infographic.

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Defining Your Own Brand

Posted by Frank Connolly on May 31, 2019 9:32 AM

Anyone trying to navigate today’s job market knows how important it is to stand out from the competition. That’s why defining and developing your own personal brand can be critical to your career success. But personal branding is about more than simple self-promotion, as our latest Skye Learning video explains.

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Why Nonprofits Need Social Media

Posted by Frank Connolly on May 23, 2019 4:23 PM

Social media is transforming the way America does business, but it may be even more important in the nonprofit world. Nonprofits, after all, rely on personal connections to reach donors, and social media is all about forming personal connections. Janine Jacques – associate professor and Digital Media program chair at New England College of Business, and founder of her own nonprofit – explains it all in our latest Skye Learning video.

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6 Stages of Grant Writing

Posted by Frank Connolly on May 7, 2019 10:25 AM

Successful grant writing not only offers nonprofits a way to attract outside funding, but it also helps support an organization's vision and goals. Strategic grant writing looks to align identified needs of the nonprofit (and its clients) with funding sources, whether foundations, government agencies, corporations, or individuals. Learn more about the six stages of grant writing in our latest infographic.

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Networking: It’s an Essential Skill

Posted by Frank Connolly on Apr 25, 2019 2:35 PM

There’s no escaping the fact – in today’s business world, networking is an absolutely essential skill. But is there a secret to effective networking? Chris Colbert, managing director of the Harvard Innovation Labs and a world-class networker, says successful networking consists of two key ingredients: courage and content. Check out our latest Skye Learning video to find out more.

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Why Negotiate?

Posted by Frank Connolly on Feb 21, 2019 10:08 AM

There’s more to negotiation than just haggling over price. Successful negotiations can help you solve problems, preserve relationships, and avoid future conflicts. Our latest Skye Learning video explains how negotiation can make a big difference for your business.

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