Jill O’Donnell-Tormey – Collaboration and Donor Engagement

– Jill O’Donnell-Tormey   Giving has changed significantly in my two-plus decades at the Cancer Research Institute (CRI). When I arrived at CRI, donors believed in our mission and were willing to make donations to do something about cancer, but were less hands-on, trusting the organization to do good. Now donors want to know what…

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Andrew Belton – Overhead is Not a Dirty Word

– Andrew Belton   It’s been called the nonprofit starvation cycle, indirect cost issue, or overhead problem. It’s the subject that nonprofit leaders reluctantly broach with funders, but spend hours bemoaning. Honest communication between donors and grantees will produce more effective collaboration and better long-term outcomes. Successful nonprofit programs get the spotlight and attract funders.…

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Asha Curran – International Day of Giving

– Asha Curran   Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday kick off the holiday shopping season with sales and bargains. #GivingTuesday begins the holiday giving season, refocusing on the importance of giving back. It’s become, through the generosity, creativity and entrepreneurialism of people and organizations, the first global day of giving. #GivingTuesday was created by…

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Tim McCarthy – Giving to Gain

– Tim McCarthy   In helping others, we are always helping ourselves. Both by nature and by nurture, I’ve always felt good about giving. Today, our foundation, The Business of Good, invests millions in “serving those who serve the poor,” but my first lesson in giving was delivered over time by my little sister who had…

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Ben Simon – Bringing Positive Change: Food Recovery Network

– Ben Simon   Millennials, as a generation, are probably both more idealistic and more practical than previous generations. We care a lot about changing the world. We want to shop at businesses that take care of their employees and care about the environment and social responsibility. We want to make a good living, but…

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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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