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Nonprofit Management

8 Tips for Making a Co-Directorship Work

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Christopher Punongbayan

Both of us saw a need for a massive intervention to address the organization's ongoing issue of executive sustainability. Moreover, as parents of young children, we wanted to challenge the notion that raising a family and being an executive director was incompatible.

How Do We Define Effectiveness for Charitable Organizations?

Steve Nardizzi | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Steve Nardizzi

Like any other business, nonprofits need funding to effectively fulfill their mission and serve their populations. And yet, charitable organizations are too often under fire for fundraising and operating costs.

Dysfunctional Levels in Nonprofit Boards and Organizations

Eugene Fram | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Article and studies from a Google search on "Dysfunctions in Nonprofit Boards & Organizations" yields 445,000 items in .32 of a second. These items show dysfunctions on charter school boards, church boards, health care boards, trade associations, etc.

Can an Established Nonprofit Still Be Innovative?

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

It's a question that any "blue chip" company has to be ready to respond "yes" to in order to ensure continued growth. So if being innovative is viewed as being critical to a for-profit company's success, why wouldn't such a standard also apply to nonprofits?

A Huge Economic Impact But Who Knew?

Shar McBee | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Shar McBee

Do you know that there is a sector of the economy that is larger than the construction industry, employs more people than real estate, and creates fifty times more jobs than agriculture... but this sector is almost totally ignored?

How The ALS Association Should Spend Donations From the #IceBucketChallenge

Steve Delfin | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Steve Delfin

The ALS Association has been given a gift; the $79.7 million they have raised through this social media extravaganza is "unrestricted funds," which means they can use those funds however they wish

Knife Skills for Your Nonprofit!

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Nancy Lublin's got guts. The CEO of DoSomething.org recently made an unprecedented move and cut more than half of the organization's current programs.

Why Every Nonprofit Needs a Manifesto

Liz Wainger | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Liz Wainger

Nonprofits often struggle for funding, volunteers, and other resources. Frequently it's because they are unable to effectively communicate their vision, purpose, and value to their communities.

Legos, Erector Sets, Collaboration, and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Whether two or more nonprofits are working together to achieve a commonly shared goal or facing the realities of limited resources to meet a need, they're demonstrating that collaboration often strengthens the impact of a project.

International Touring

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have to admit it: in my 30 year arts management career I have been ambivalent about the value of international touring. While many of my peers disagree strenuously with me, for every benefit of touring I can list a countervailing cost.

Which Would You Rather Be as an Organization -- Efficient or Effective?

Nourish International | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Nourish International

The difference between these two issues has been a point of contention within the sector over the last several years and the conversation is far from over.

The Real Story of Nonprofit Partnerships -- Listening is Believing!

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

After many years of viewing both sides of the fence, via consulting assignments and board chair positions, I have observed verbal behaviors that clearly reveal how the two groups view each other.

From Charity to Justice to Love: My Professional Odyssey

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Jessica R. Dreistadt

True connection, dialogue, and understanding are missing from both the charity and justice prototypes. Both models are based on judgment, prescription, and dominance. Both assume that there is one right answer -- an illusory perfection that none of us can truly claim to exemplify.

The Case for Professional Development in the Nonprofit Sector

Monisha Kapila | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Monisha Kapila

Let's keep the conversation going about nonprofit professional development, and raise the standard of offering for our sector.

An Answer for Peter Buffett -- Part 3

Bradley Good | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bradley Good

In order for the philanthropic industry to address this problem, or any problem our society faces, there are a few critical questions that need to be asked.

Reinventing the Role of Charitable Giving in a World of Accelerating Change

Valeria Budinich | Posted 09.25.2013 | Home
Valeria Budinich

If Pallotta's recommendations are taken seriously by philanthropy's leaders, they'd be important steps improving the sector's impact.

It Is Time to Get Rid of the Word 'Charity'

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 11.22.2013 | Home
Bhaskar Chakravorti

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDan Pallotta is asking the right question: what prevents social innovation from scaling up? But he is looking for answers in the wrong places.

The Irony of Overhead

Jacob Harold | Posted 11.21.2013 | Home
Jacob Harold

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThe shift to a results-based approach to philanthropy will take time, but the path ahead is clear.

11 Secrets to Building a Game-Changing Organization

Aaron Hurst | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Hire ambitious raw talent and give them room to stretch. Surround yourself with great people and let them find ways to create value and energy. The best ideas and execution strategies rarely come from management.

How F*ckyoumotherf*cker Taught Me Influence Trumps Authority

Jonathan Hursh | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Hursh

One of the most basic skills an entrepreneur needs to master right out of the gate is the ability to persuade others.

Who Cares About Nonprofit Finances? The Top 12 Reasons Why the Most Vulnerable Are at Risk

Fred Leeb | Posted 11.12.2012 | Detroit
Fred Leeb

Who is responsible to ensure that nonprofits operate most efficiently? While the great majority of people in the nonprofit world are good people, this doesn't necessarily mean that the financial system is functioning most effectively.

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.

Nonprofits Are Now Too Critical To Fail

Fred Leeb | Posted 09.07.2012 | Detroit
Fred Leeb

Nonprofits have become an essential part of the fabric of our communities. There are over one million registered tax-exempt public charity nonprofits in the United States.

When to Draw the Line: A Guide to Use and Abuse of Credit

Barbara Libove | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Barbara Libove

A line of credit (LOC) is a valuable resource for most nonprofits that can serve as a lifeline while awaiting contract or grant payments. At the same time, misusing a line of credit is akin to playing with fire.

Redesigning the Social Sector

Aaron Hurst | Posted 06.17.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

These are just some of the many assumptions that make up the foundation of how we think about social services and change in our country.