Bob VandePol – Leading Organizational Resilience after Tragedies

– Bob VandePol   It can happen here. When tragedy strikes an organization, all stakeholders immediately look to their leadership for direction. The leader’s response during the first hours of a crisis offers both tremendous opportunity and serious risk for the subsequent outcome. That positive or negative response will echo throughout the organization’s strata as…

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Whit Babcock – Leading Through Transition

– Whit Babcock   One of the great challenges facing nonprofit leaders today is leading in times of transition. We had an opportunity to speak with Whit Babcock, Athletic Director at Virginia Tech. We asked him about how leaders in the social benefit realm can grow their organizations, how to develop and maintain talent in…

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Aaron Young – Keep Your Nonprofit In Good Standing with IRS

– Aaron Young   Most nonprofits are started by idealistic individuals who see a need, and come together because they want to make a difference. During these early stages, the energy is high and the mission is clear. The nonprofit, if approved by the IRS, must continue to document and meet certain IRS requirements if…

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Everett Worthington – Forgiveness in Churches and Nonprofits

– Everett L. Worthington, Jr.   A few special considerations are needed to promote forgiveness in churches and nonprofits. American churches are voluntary organizations that are highly dependent on beliefs and values, existing in a market where people usually have many choices. Those choices can be circumscribed in small towns or, for denominationally committed believers,…

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The Cabell Brand Center: Think Globally, Act Locally

– Tamim Younos and Angela Conroy   Planet Earth faces many challenges, including poverty, peace, and environmental health. Many problems have local origins with global consequences. Therefore, solutions must be sought at the local level. Organizations with missions to bring benefit to society must think not only about immediate and local problems, but think holistically…

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Nonprofit Boards: Connected by Values, Guided by Principles

– Hugh Ballou   A non-profit board is looking after the governance of the organization and safeguarding its mission… as a board member I feel this responsibility even more keenly as it is even more critical in difficult economic times and where headlines are creating doubts in the minds of donors and stakeholders. – Lucy…

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Bob Fox – Workspace Impacts Work Culture

– Bob Fox   Recently, I participated in a focus group for the book Change Your Space, Change Your Culture, which looks at what affects performance in the workplace. Driven by research showing that nearly 70% of the workforce is disengaged, we focused much of our energy on issues of engagement and culture. Every organization…

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