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Nonprofit Leadership

Test Driving the 'Positive No'

Willa Seldon | Posted 05.03.2016 | Impact
Willa Seldon

We've all been there -- at work and in our personal lives. How do we say no when we know it's best? And how do we say it in a way that doesn't anger or alienate the person making the request?

Changing Lives: A Conversation with Amy Saxton, CEO of Summer Search

Bobbi Silten | Posted 11.16.2016 | Education
Bobbi Silten

Sometimes the decision to change the lives of others can end up changing your own. I had a chance to ask Amy Saxton, CEO of Summer Search, a nonprofit youth development organization focused on education, about her decision to become a champion for underserved youth.

Nonprofit Leadership: Smooth Successions and Successful Starts

Steve Nardizzi | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Steve Nardizzi

In today's society, nonprofit organizations play an invaluable role, providing critical services to some of our country's and world's most vulnerable individuals and driving real, positive impact.

Can Nonprofit Boards Afford to Underinvest in Management Leadership Development?

Eugene Fram | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Nonprofit board member interviewees were not included in the study. Obviously boards would need to approve the budgets to achieve these objectives. But boards have some major cultural restraints.

CSR Results: Why the Difference Between Outcomes and Outputs Matters

Steve Delfin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Steve Delfin

There have and continue to be those who fear that embracing "business practices" will result in a loss of mission and soul by charitable organizations. But now the body of knowledge has increased, demonstrating that performance management and an evidence-based approach is working.

Please Don't Make Me Talk About Money: 3 Tips for Getting Your Board Engaged in Fundraising

Shar McBee | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Shar McBee

Money is not the root of all evil. Money is the mother's milk of nonprofit organizations. So why are your board members afraid to talk about milk? Try these three tips to make it easier for your board to engage in fundraising.

The Nonprofit Imperative: Following the Evidence, but Leading the Charge

Dan Cardinali | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

For the past several weeks, I've been writing about the urgent need to redefine "success" in the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit Leadership: 5 Tips I Learned from 5 Nonprofits

Shar McBee | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Shar McBee

Small ways of reorganizing our thinking can make an enormous difference. The more organized our thoughts are, the more confident we will feel and the more competent we will be perceived to be.

What Do Nonprofits Need More Than Funding?

Susan Danish | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Susan Danish

It's no secret that nonprofits, particularly those that are primarily funded by state and local government, are increasingly starved for cash needed to carry out their missions.

Leadership for Women: Empowerment Quotes and Nonprofit Fundraising Tips

Shar McBee | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Shar McBee

In honor of all women, I'd like to offer them some tips. The women empowerment quotes are to help you keep going and continue to make a difference in the world. The nonprofit fundraising tips are to help you pay for it.

Does Your Organization Need a New Vision for the New Year?

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Vivien Hoexter

With the holidays swirling around us, it is difficult to stay focused on your organizational vision for the year ahead. But leaders know that this is what they must do.

Supporter Shift (Part 3): Engaging Tomorrow's Donor

Marc Chardon and Hal Williams | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
Marc Chardon and Hal Williams

Like it or not, the Boomers won't be in charge forever. Members of Generation X -- often that lost group people fail to talk about -- are stepping into leadership roles as thousands of Boomers leave the workforce each day. And Millennials are not far behind.

Rethinking Collective Impact: Part Two

Emmett D. Carson | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Emmett D. Carson

The job of every nonprofit and foundation is to make difficult decisions based on vision, mission and values. If other entities share those perspectives, collaboration and perhaps some form of collective impact is possible and desirable.

Rethinking Collective Impact

Emmett D. Carson | Posted 10.31.2012 | Impact
Emmett D. Carson

Just because everyone agrees does not mean the resulting consensus is the correct thing to do. Singular dogmas that force ideological homogeneity run counter to diversity, inclusiveness and innovation.

How to Avoid Volunteer Heartbreak

Ryan Scott | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Some factors are beyond your control -- the motivation of the volunteers, for example, or their willingness to receive instruction. But if you're a non-profit leader, there are three key measures you can take to give your corporate volunteers the greatest chance of success.

Nonprofit Boards: Boot Camp for Corporate Executives

Alice Korngold | Posted 04.20.2012 | Impact
Alice Korngold

Nonprofit board service is the ultimate leadership opportunity, giving business executives with the personal and professional skills they need in this new world.

Companies and Causes Need Each Other Big Time

David Hessekiel | Posted 03.04.2012 | Impact
David Hessekiel

A decade of dramatic societal, technological and economic changes have moved many nonprofit leaders to elevate their opinion of marketing from a black art to a critical survival skill.

The Council on Foundations Doesn't Need Better Marketing, It Needs a Vision

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 01.21.2012 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

Philanthropy and the communities it serves have suffered too long from a lack of leadership on numerous issues. Despite advances made in other sectors, philanthropy still lags in diversity and inclusiveness, and in funding that benefits lower-income communities and communities of color.

Why It's Harder To Run A Nonprofit Than A Big Company

Aaron Hurst | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Prior to starting the Taproot Foundation, I worked in two technology start ups in the Bay Area. As anyone who has worked at a start up knows, it's a ...