View Post

Fine Tuning Your Organization’s Focus In 2019

In Insights by MVPLeave a Comment

January is almost over and it’s time to push forward and re-examine the goals you’ve set for your organization this year. According to Business Insider, 80% of enthusiasm for resolutions can dwindle out by February. At Van Petten Group, we want to help you stick with your big plans and create actionable goals for your team! Here are some ideas in how to strategize for a successful 2019. When formulating resolutions or goals for your organization, remember that not all of the responsibility falls on your shoulders. In our previous Insight, “Celebrate and Motivate: Creating Intuitive Catalysts for Winter Productivity …

View Post

Celebrate and Motivate: Creating Intuitive Catalysts for Winter Productivity in Your Organization

In Insights by MVPLeave a Comment

Cheers to the first week of 2019! Ideally, your organization has wrapped up the holiday season and your team is eager to hit the ground running to break even bigger ground this year. In reality, some are still adjusting from the additional hustle that happens in the end of the year. Studies show that January and February are the lowest months of productivity across the board. How can you motivate yourself and your team to break through the mold and begin 2019 with a bang? January is a great time to take stock in what you’ve accomplished in the last …

View Post

Crowdfunding 101: End of Year Tips for Your Organization

In Insights by MVPLeave a Comment

We are reaching the end of the year, and though it may be hard to believe, the days of December have a way of disappearing quickly. Between next year projections, holiday get togethers and family obligations, 2019 will be here before we know it. This is great time to focus on one more big drive to increase giving for your non-profit. Did you know that nearly one-third of annual giving occurs in December? If your nonprofit is looking to increase revenue, donor engagement, and social media presence, pushing your fundraising campaigns strong at the end of the year is your …

View Post

Giving with Ease: #GivingTuesday Tips for Non-Profit Organizations this Season

In Insights by MVPLeave a Comment

Giving Tuesday, a movement developed in our modern world of technology, where social media rings a strikingly gracious tone. We all know about how capitalistic culture can bend over backward for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, but the following Tuesday can be an even more beneficially impactful day worldwide. Let’s dive into #GivingTuesday, and how it can benefit your organization today!   The movement that is continuously growing and evolving, #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. They started off with a bang that has only grown through the years; in 2012, …

View Post

How Working Remotely Can Strengthen Communication within your Organization

In Insights by MVPLeave a Comment

How do your members required show up in their field professionally? Are they in strict schedules that can make it difficult when out of the blue health or family obligations pop up? Employment norms are adapting at a rapid pace and the option to work remotely has gained popularity in organizations that recognize that work done through computers can often be accomplished anywhere. Teams that have the option to work virtually are somewhat newfound. This is an exciting time for organizations to step out of templates that haven’t supported leadership and membership to create systems that allow the mission to …

View Post

Support your Membership by Mastering the Art of Listening

In Insights by MVPLeave a Comment

On a Monday morning, you may find yourself confiding in a colleague about a professional breakthrough you have experienced. They’re standing there, nodding and smiling along. Smile, nod, ask probing question: showing they are “present”.  In truth, your colleague’s may be lost in their own thoughts, but they are showing their support by hearing your story. Notice they are hearing you, but are they really listening? You can always tell if your message landed with someone, whether their listening face could win them employee of the month, or they are yawning and bleary-eyed. What do you experience when you are …

View Post

The Power of Focused Social Media: How to Find your Organization’s Audience

In Insights by MVPLeave a Comment

As we move into the winter months in the northern hemisphere, your members are bundling up inside and taking to the internet to keep them warm. This is the perfect season to ask, “Is our organization effectively reaching our target audience?”  This is THE question when discerning where your social media presence can prevail and make the most impact. In a recent article, the Journal of Medical Internet Research explains, there are substantial differences in social media use by age. 88% of 18- to 29-year-olds indicate that they use any form of social media. 78% are between 30 to 49 …

View Post

The Future of Education and Training for Lifelong Career Development

In Insights by MVPLeave a Comment

Wouldn’t you say the adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is out of touch to the development of any organization? Continuing to learn new tricks, skills and protocol at a rate that works for each individual can help the mind be ready for new challenges that arise. Developing a member’s hunger to learn the current tides of their profession doesn’t have to be a struggle to get their project done the night before it is due. How can an organization make learning accessible for a diverse set of members’  needs while providing top-notch training and development? How …

View Post

3 Technology Tips for Breakthrough Success in 2019

In Insights by MVPLeave a Comment

At VPG, our skyrocket to success is through breakthrough software. We are no stranger to technology, VPG is in front of the line. While it’s comfortable to stick to what you know, it is crucial to keep up to date with user friendly software that can push your organization ahead of your competitors. In a recent Forbes Article, How To Guide Your Nonprofit Toward Mission-Friendly Growth, Kevin Xu states, “About 80% of startups aspire to scale up their current operations over the next year and a half, according to a recent Abila Nonprofit Finance Study, and it’s important for them …

View Post

Decision Fatigue and Why Branding Matters to Your Members

In Insights by MVPLeave a Comment

Keeping your organization’s brand current involves many systems and moving parts. Depending on your organization’s mission, goals, and values, it might be time to investigate whether your brand is continuing to fully represent your members as the professional field follows certain trends. Don’t be afraid! Your members want to stay with you. Making the decision to switch communities among the organizations that are available to them or even the decision to pick one for the first time takes time and energy. Probably more than most would want to spend. Protect your members from decision fatigue. Many new professionals often go …