Wendy Friswell – Collaboration for Ripple Effects

– Wendy Friswell   What if nonprofits could work together to meet the deeper needs of a community? That was the question that was present in our community as we started Spirit of Giving. Spirit of Giving is a collaborative, nonprofit organization with focus on children and families in South Palm Beach County, Florida. It…

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Ross Halleck – Giving is Good Business

– Ross Halleck   At Halleck Vineyard, our raison d’être is “Building Community Through Wine.” What does this mean? Giving is part of our business model. Responsible businesses offer value in multiple ways. Supporting nonprofit efforts is critical to our communities. Wine builds community socially, but an equal passion is leveraging wine to assist nonprofits…

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Point and Counterpoint – Generations in the Nonprofit World

Often in Nonprofit Performance Magazine, we have two viewpoints on topics that impact the overall effectiveness of leaders in a social benefit culture. This isn’t a debate – it’s dialogue from the perspectives of two experienced leaders. The goal is to provide different perspectives to stimulate creative thinking and bring leaders into a new paradigm…

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Sarah Cunningham – Creating a New Religious Community

– Sarah Cunningham   With my dad as a pastor, I never imagined church was perfect. But worship was exciting to me and a core part of my identification as a member of my local church. My first job was as a church staffer in my early 20s, an idealistic life stage when I wanted…

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Jamie Notter, Maddie Grant – When Millennials Take Over

– Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant   Much has been written about Millennials, but most of that is not helpful in business. Why focus on Millennials and the way they might be changing nearly every aspect of how we learn, lead and grow in organizations? Because they are in the right place at the right…

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Nancy Falls – Listening Generously to Others

– Nancy Falls   Generous Listening: Creating Great Teams at the Boardroom Table   Baseball legend Casey Stengel excelled as a player, but he is perhaps most famous for his years as a manager. As he said it so well, “Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.”…

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Frances Hesselbein – The Next Greatest Generation

– Frances Hesselbein   Being Ready for the (Next) Greatest Generation   If you haven’t noticed, Millennials (born in 1980-2000) are in your organization and their numbers are growing. They don’t want much from their organizations. They’re looking for engagement – not being placed in a category, but right across your organization, at every level,…

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Aaron Scheinberg – Veterans Serving on the Home Front

– Aaron Scheinberg   The Mission Continues: Veterans Serving on the Home Front   On Sept. 11, 2001, everything changed. I was one of the 4,000 cadets at the United States Military Academy, West Point, just 40 miles north of the World Trade Center. We soon became acutely aware that our military career would take…

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Roberta Gilbert – Anxious Organizations

– Roberta Gilbert, M.D.   Often leaders complain that their organizations get nothing done: that people are lazy, moody, or have more time for gossip than for work. Sometimes leaders’ criticisms are more specific: they see no creative, forward movement of the group. This state of affairs will soon affect productivity and the bottom line,…

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Jeff Fromm – Designing for Millennials

– Jeff Fromm   Most nonprofits have a lot of equity in old schemas, but Millennials have little equity in them, creating a fundamental conflict. If we start by looking at the core product or service that the nonprofit offers, and examine it for what reasons people are engaged by and resonate with it, we…

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