Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday: Are You Ready?

– Sandy Birkenmaier   Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday are just over four weeks away. Is your nonprofit organization prepared to participate? Small Business Saturday was begun by American Express in 2010 to encourage everyone to shop at small local brick and mortar stores. It can be equally important for small nonprofit organizations. The…

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Albert Winseman – The Power of a Strengths-Based Team

– Albert L. Winseman, D.Min.   There’s nothing like watching a great team in action. Like many sports fans across North America, I was transfixed by the 2015 NBA finals matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. It was a great series, and Cavaliers star LeBron James almost willed his injury-ridden team…

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Stephen Lewis – New Leadership for New Faith Communities

– Stephen Lewis   Each nonprofit organization must ask, “How do we become the best stewards that we can with our limited resources, to make the greatest impact in the world?” Larger organizations can take risks and experiment with trial and error, while smaller organizations and nonprofits must leverage leading practices from other sectors to…

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C. Forbes Sargent – Building an Effective Nonprofit Board

– C. Forbes Sargent III, Esq.   Establishing a strong board of directors is critical to the success of every nonprofit organization. The board plays an essential legal and practical role in advancing the mission of the nonprofit, from governance to fundraising to operations. The best directors combine a passion for the mission with an…

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Penny Zenker – Incorporating New Perspectives

– Penny Zenker   What difference does a perspective make? Remaining open to new perspectives and integrating them into your life creates greater flexibility and a greater capacity. It is easy to get involved in a community with like interests. At the same time, it is easy to get discouraged, bogged down, burnt out, stressed,…

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Creating Harmonious Cultures: Orchestrating Excellence

– Hugh Ballou You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note. – Doug Floyd Teams are like orchestras. People with different skills and personalities create harmony by playing different notes. We can blend by singing the same note; however, most of the time we need color, dimension, and depth in the sound and…

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Paul Born – Collaboration: Multisector Engagement

– Paul Born   I have found in my work at the Tamarack Institute that when supporting organizations develop large-scale collaborations to impact systemic change, two issues arise early in the discussions. The first is a desire to reach out to organizations that are similar. Nonprofits mainly want to talk to nonprofits, businesses want to…

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