Guest Host Muhi Khwaja, a trainer at Fundraising Academy and the co-founder of the American Muslim Community Foundation helps answer questions sent in by viewers this week.

One of the key questions discussed in this episode is the importance of starting a board meeting with a “mission moment.” Muhi explains that a mission moment is a way to share when a board member or staff member witnessed the organization’s mission in action, like volunteering at a food bank or participating in a community project. He suggests that mission moments can be valuable for both board and staff meetings as they boost morale and help people connect with the organization’s mission.

Another question is about recruiting talent from other nonprofits. Muhi advises that offering competitive compensation and benefits is important when trying to persuade someone to join your organization. He emphasizes keeping the door open for potential candidates who might be a good fit and highlights the value of networking and referrals.

The final question discusses whether someone from the programming side of a nonprofit can successfully transition into a fundraising role. Muhi believes that having a deep understanding of the organization’s programs can make a fundraiser successful. He emphasizes that success in fundraising is more about personality and relationship-building skills rather than just experience. He also suggests introducing programmatic staff to donors during various stages of the donor relationship to deepen the connection.

The episode concludes with a humorous anecdote about a fundraising event involving a mistaken $250,000 donation made through a mobile app. Muhi discusses the importance of event management and technology oversight to avoid such errors and ensure proper stewardship.

Muhi Khwaja’s insights and expertise add value to the discussion, addressing various aspects of nonprofit operations and fundraising.