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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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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Katie Edwards – Co-Location: Shared Space for Nonprofits

– Katie Edwards   Has your community been touched by the coworking revolution? These hip, new, open-concept workspaces are providing the start-up tech developer, freelance graphic designer, and the independent accountant an alternative to working from the corner coffee shop. Their flexible memberships give individuals and small businesses access to a full-service office space, with…

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Scott S. Smith – The Value of Knowing History

– Scott S. Smith   American philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Even those who do know the facts of history may misunderstand the lessons or believe their talents will enable them to transcend the lessons that apply to lesser mortals. Charles XII of Sweden…

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Philip B. Auerbach – Achieving Diversity through Language

– Philip B. Auerbach   No hablo inglés. Je ne parle pas anglais. Yeong-eo-reul mothamnida. Talking slower and louder simply isn’t the answer to the language gap that you are likely to find when you encounter one of the 72% of the world’s people who does not speak English as a primary language. That number…

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Leah Eustace – Philanthropy: From Diversity to Inclusion

– Leah Eustace   A few months ago, Blackbaud came out with a report called “Diversity in Giving: The Changing Landscape of American Philanthropy.” It’s based on a survey of just over 1,000 adults and looks specifically at the giving traditions, attitudes and values of African-American, Asian, and Hispanic donors. One of the statements in…

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Devin Thorpe – Giving for Impact: the Parable of the Star Thrower

– Devin D. Thorpe   Most people are familiar with Loren Eisley’s story of The Star Thrower. At least they think they are. Most of us have heard a saccharine version of the story. The original version differs from the familiar version in some key ways, teaching us important principles about giving for impact. In…

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Rob Sheehan – Creating Vision in an Ever-Changing World

– Rob Sheehan   “Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’ I dream things that never were and say ‘why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw [Editor’s note: Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy often concluded his speeches with this quote, a slight variation on the words from a George Bernard Shaw play.] Most…

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