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How Can Nonprofit Boards Overcome the Inertia of Certain Directors?

Eugene Fram | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Process directors are well-intentioned, sincere individuals. However, the board has to be careful that these directors don't allow the board to continually examine one angle after another until they lose sight of the board's main job.

Connecticut School Gives Women Opportunity for a Better Education

HooplaHa | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
HooplaHa

Since 1987, Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, Inc. (MLC) has educated and supported over 9,000 women. They provide basic literacy and life skills education to low-income, undereducated women using a holistic approach within a compassionate and supportive environment.

Want to Fight Human Trafficking? Volunteer.

Susan Danish | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Susan Danish

Let's take as a given that an important piece of the solution to this seemingly intractable problem has to be creating awareness at the community level, where the traffickers actually make their money.

Your Organization Does Amazing Things... So Why Doesn't Anyone Understand What You Do?

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Most organization leaders were concerned that even their own staff members couldn't 100% accurately relay their mission. So where does the breakdown happen?

Can Transformative Leaders Succeed on a Nonprofit Board?

Eugene Fram | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

According to Malcolm Gladwell, noted writer and analyst, people who drive transformation share three traits: courage, the ability to reframe problems ...

What's Your Nonprofit Start-Up IQ?

John E. Kobara | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

For good reason, people today are seeing the status quo as unacceptable. Regardless of where you sit, there are tremendous challenges all around. Thin...

6 Reasons Small Non-Profits Need Your Family's Help More Than the Bigger Non-Profits

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Jacqueline Wilson

Getting the family, and especially the kids, involved in helping others is an important part of helping them establish empathy and develop compassion-important characteristics to help carry them through life.

Can Nonprofit Organizations Compete in the War for Talent?

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

As the leader of a nonprofit organization that is experiencing rapid growth, I have strived to create a culture of accountability in order to improve our performance to achieve the organization's mission.

Nonprofit Overhead Doesn't Matter. Except When It Does.

Brady Josephson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

Nonprofits need to make their donors feel like they are changing the world. One of the main reasons people don't give is because of futility. They don't feel that their donation will make a difference.

Direct Action on Racism, Poverty, and War: An Honest Attempt to Honor MLK

Nourish International | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Nourish International

Today there isn't a more fondly remembered and respected public figure than King, but did our opinion of him change because we embraced his ideas of radical justice, or did we simply forget them?

Make a Level Ground

Michael Levin | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Michael Levin

Already an experienced youth worker with an MBA, Ali quit her job four months after starting the pilot program, immediately realizing that addressing issues of systemic social injustice, poverty, and marginalization would require her attention full-time.

Building a Shared Vision: The Next Step in American Progress

Irv Katz | Posted 01.16.2015 | Impact
Irv Katz

The nonprofit sector has become an indispensable part of the American economy and society. While there have been cuts in government investments, if the past hundred-plus years (as well as the interest and vigor of the millennials) are any indication, the sector will continue to grow.

Sandusky, Paterno Legacy: Punishing the Innocent Some More

Pat LaMarche | Posted 01.16.2015 | Crime
Pat LaMarche

Pennsylvania's logical solution is to make virtually everyone who comes in contact with a kid a mandated reporter. That means that if they don't report the abuse, they could go to jail themselves.

Board-Staff Relationships: For-Profits Take Cue From Nonprofit Model

Eugene Fram | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

While these changes are new in business environments, informal and formal relationships between nonprofit boards and staffs have been in place for decades.

You Can't Keep a Good Book Down: Finding Success in Today's Publishing Landscape

Janice Sands | Posted 01.07.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

In a recent conversation with Joni, she shared some important insights into the evolving literary landscape, and how authors, agents and publishers can adapt.

Nonprofit Employment Actually Grew During The Recession: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact

Nonprofits are becoming an increasingly vital aspect of the American economy, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. For the first tim...

What to Expect When the New Nonprofit CEO Is a Millennial

Eugene Fram | Posted 01.04.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

The nonprofit's CEO, a baby boomer or genXer, is about to retire or leave for another position. The board has engaged a new CEO a millennial person born after 1980. * His/h age is probably late 30s or possibly early 40s. What changes can the board expect from this new professional?

A New Year's Resolution for Our Military Community

Jane Whitfield | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Jane Whitfield

Here's a New Year's resolution for the Pentagon: Fix the Military Lending Act. And this is just a first step for all of us towards helping the military community build long-term financial security.

Doing Good Is Good for Business -- Corporate Social Responsibility in 2015

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer an obligation that corporations feel they need to take on, but has become central to the operations of many of the best companies today.

Too Few Groups Can Give Trafficking Victims Escape From ‘Hell'

Associated Press | JULIET LINDERMAN | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact

BALTIMORE (AP) — Squatting in the grass and squinting in the sun, 25-year-old Song takes in the scene: a greenhouse, a farm, rows of heirloom tomato...

A Donor's Advice to Nonprofits

Phil Harvey | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Phil Harvey

If you manage a nonprofit organization that is registered as tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the International Revenue Code, there are some very simple things you can do to attract donors and encourage them to keep giving.

No Ordinary Friday

Kate Grant | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Kate Grant

The most extraordinary conversation I had this year almost didn't happen. The woman calling said her name was Lisa, and she'd called to thank me for a thank you letter I had sent to her for her recent donation.

5 Lessons I Learned From Running a Crowdfunding Campaign

Erica Swallow | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Erica Swallow

This holiday season, my mother and I hosted a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for our local Humane Society animal shelter.

The Nonprofit President/CEO: How Much Board and CEO Trust Is Involved?

Eugene Fram | Posted 12.26.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

The president/CEO designation calls for a trusting relationship with the board based on mutual respect, drawing from the symbolism that he or she is the operating link between board and staff.

3 Holiday Giving Tips From Ebenezer Scrooge

Steven Crandell | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

When Scrooge casts off his mean and greedy persona, he embraces giving and turns his constrained life into a celebration.