May 26, 2020

Two Truths and a Lie: Fundraising in a Pandemic

My dear friends, colleagues, soul sisters and brothers in the Development department… I see you. You work your tails off when times are flush, and now in the middle of this pandemic and economic fallout, you’re pushing yourself to even more extreme limits. You carry the weight of the organization’s worry within you. You pore…

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How Accounts Payable Automation Can Strengthen Your Business Continuity Plan
May 11, 2020
How Accounts Payable Automation Can Strengthen Your Business Continuity Plan

This post was published as part of our guest blog series by our software partner, AvidXchange, the industry leader in automating invoice and payment processes.​ With today’s reality forcing businesses to quickly implement and put their continuity plans to the test, it’s becoming clear which core processes are critical to maintaining operations. Accounts payable (AP)…

Sisyphus Had It Easy: The Case for Nonprofits to Prioritize Long-Term Solutions Even When Short-Term Challenges Abound
April 27, 2020
Sisyphus Had It Easy: The Case for Nonprofits to Prioritize Long-Term Solutions Even When Short-Term Challenges Abound

Philosophers would contend that Sisyphus had it rough, rolling his rock up a hill only to see it roll back before he reached the top – then doing it all again, over and over, in perpetuity. As agonizing as Sisyphus’ plight may have been, it’s nothing compared to the existential financial and mission challenges nonprofit…

The Three-Step Program to Paperless Efficiency
April 21, 2020
The Three-Step Program to Paperless Efficiency

This post was published as part of our guest blog series by Altec, the provider of DocLink — a robust document management and workflow solution helping businesses manage their document lifecycles from start to finish. We are excited to welcome them as a exhibitor at our annual INNOVATE 2021 conference next year, and thank them…

CancerCare – Connecting Anyone Affected by Cancer With Help and Hope
March 30, 2020
CancerCare – Connecting Anyone Affected by Cancer With Help and Hope

There are over 1.5 million nonprofits in America, and all of them do important work. In such a crowded field, however, some organizations have a more significant imprint than others. CancerCare is a great example. The organization celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2019. As every nonprofit knows, sustaining the mission for year after year is…

COVID-19: What Nonprofits Need to Know
March 20, 2020
COVID-19: What Nonprofits Need to Know

This week has been… weird. The onset of COVID-19 in the US has changed virtually every facet of our world, and it feels like it happened almost overnight. While taking care of your health, your family, and your mental health should be top priority, you are likely facing obstacles related to your nonprofit. How do…

5 Questions to Ask Before Your Nonprofit’s Next Software Implementation
February 18, 2020
5 Questions to Ask Before Your Nonprofit’s Next Software Implementation

Is your nonprofit scouting the arena of back-office systems in the pursuit of increased organizational efficiency and mission success? In the world of software and technology, JMT is referred to as a “Value-Added Reseller” (“VAR”) of the products we represent. As in other industries, many software publishers choose to work with a network of partners…

FP&A for Growing Nonprofits: How Vena Excels
January 15, 2020
FP&A for Growing Nonprofits: How Vena Excels

If you’re at least somewhat struggling with the budgeting and planning process at your growing nonprofit, then chances are you didn’t stumble upon this article accidentally. If your organization hasn’t yet migrated to a full-scale Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) tool, then you’re probably either using the deficient integrated budgeting tool that came with your…

4 Ways AP Automation Can Help Nonprofit Accounting Teams During Year-End Close
December 10, 2019
4 Ways AP Automation Can Help Nonprofit Accounting Teams During Year-End Close

With more than 20 years of accounts payable (AP) experience in various roles, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transition from paper-based processes to completely automated AP and payment processes. I know how hard it can be for those of us in the accounting space to warm up to the idea of implementing new systems and practices,…

Children’s Tumor Foundation – Fighting for Millions Across the Globe
November 25, 2019
Children’s Tumor Foundation – Fighting for Millions Across the Globe

The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) has never set its sights small. The organization was inaugurated in 1978 with the mission to end neurofibromatosis (NF) – a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves, leading to a variety of debilitating conditions. Though considered a rare disorder, NF affects 1 in every 3,000 babies born,…

The Whisper in the Ear: A Secret Fundraising Strategy for Galas
November 11, 2019
The Whisper in the Ear: A Secret Fundraising Strategy for Galas

The biggest and best gifts come from direct personal conversations built on strong relationships. But how do those relationships start? Prospective donors are not always easily accessible. As major gift fundraisers, we need to be on the lookout for opportunities to connect with our prospects. One of my favorite strategies is “The Whisper in the…

Event Recap: How Vena Can Help You Optimize Your Back Office
November 6, 2019
Event Recap: How Vena Can Help You Optimize Your Back Office

In many cases, time spent on manual processes within finance can amount to a third or even half of a full-time employee per year. For resource-strapped nonprofits, this can be a huge obstacle in the way of planning and making strategic decisions for the future of their organizations. On October 30th, 2019, JMT Consulting and…

Technology Matters to Nonprofits: The Impact of Falling Behind the Technology Curve
October 29, 2019
Technology Matters to Nonprofits: The Impact of Falling Behind the Technology Curve

My wife was recently notified by our wireless provider that her smartphone will no longer be supported. A couple of years ago, when she needed a new cell phone, we made the decision to save some money by buying an older, but not obsolete, model phone. “There’s no reason to spend all that extra money…

Nonprofit CFOs Shape their Legacy by Defining and Communicating the Big Picture
October 15, 2019
Nonprofit CFOs Shape their Legacy by Defining and Communicating the Big Picture

You are the CFO of a nonprofit that’s focused on long-term mission fulfillment, financial sustainability, and organizational independence. How do you guarantee that your legacy is aligned with the organization’s long-term success? You may have thought that years of successfully ensuring your debits equaled your credits, that audits ran smoothly, and that financial reports were…

Choose Your Path: Purchasing Options for MIP
October 1, 2019
Choose Your Path: Purchasing Options for MIP

Your organization recently decided to modernize your purchasing system in Community Brands MIP, the technology grant you applied for was awarded, or you are simply researching your options. That is great news! Now what? Now you need to figure out which purchasing system will best suit your needs. The topics of modernizing, centralizing or decentralizing,…

Blackbaud Financial Edge versus Community Brands MIP Fund Accounting
August 21, 2019
Blackbaud Financial Edge versus Community Brands MIP Fund Accounting

The number of ERP solutions suitable for nonprofit accounting is growing, and making a decision on which one to go with can be tough. The following is a hard-nosed look at two platforms that have been around for decades, but have managed to keep up with market demand in an increasingly competitive landscape. Before we…

Skating The Edge Between Risk and Reward at Your Nonprofit
March 5, 2019
Skating The Edge Between Risk and Reward at Your Nonprofit

Every nonprofit faces risk, but it doesn’t have to be a liability. Learn to take a holistic view of risk and use the unexpected to your advantage. What if your funding was cut by half overnight? It might sound impossible, but given the precarious financial situation most nonprofits face, it’s a very real risk. You…

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