Author Archives: Jennifer Vickery

Volunteer Retention and Appreciation

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. Many nonprofit organizations rely heavily on the work of volunteers to carry out their missions. Once you realize that the relationship your organization has with your volunteers determines the sustainability of your nonprofit, volunteer retention and appreciation...

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Volunteer Recruitment and Training Best Practices for Nonprofits

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. Nonprofits rely on volunteers to maximize impact while minimizing overhead. Therefore, volunteer recruitment is a crucial component of a successful volunteer program. Finding the right volunteers can come as a challenge and some recruitment methods may be...

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Internal Controls to Prevent Fraud

Now that we’ve explored the fraud triangle and you understand how motivation, opportunity, and rationalization combine to create circumstances for individuals to commit fraud: What do you do to protect your organization? Preventing financial fraud involves removing one of the three elements of the fraud triangle. It’s nearly impossible to...

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Protecting Your Nonprofit from the Fraud Triangle

Have you ever heard of the fraud triangle? The fraud triangle is a visual way of explaining and understanding the three factors that combine to create the perfect circumstances for fraud: motivation, opportunity and rationalization. Motivation is the force driving someone to commit fraud. It isn’t always malicious or even...

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Realism and Radical Change Create Nonprofit Sustainability

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. When President and CEO Kirk Ray Smith (above, left) joined RCS Pinellas in 2016, the nonprofit had been operating in the red for not just years but decades. The organization with a mission “to feed the hungry,...

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Compelling Communications Attract More Money

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. We’re pleased to share this discussion—with tips you can implement for your nonprofit—with Jay Wilson, VP of Communications with our partner, National Strategies Public Relations, on the crucial role communication plays in philanthropy. Jay, given your 25...

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Bias and Language in Behavioral Sciences Research and Analysis

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. In our previous post, we discussed the principles of ethical research and disclosure of funding sources. Now let’s explore avoiding funder bias and using inclusive language in the research and analysis of behavioral health. Guarding against Funder...

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Research and Analysis Best Practices in Behavioral Sciences

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. Behavioral and mental health conditions have a long history of misunderstanding and exaggeration. Societal factors play a significant role in how those with behavioral or mental health problems are perceived. Behavioral science research can be used not...

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Five Core Competencies for Peer Support Workers

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. In the field of behavioral health services, peer support workers must be able to help others. To achieve this, they should master five core competencies, which are mostly clusters of skills, knowledge and character traits. These competencies...

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