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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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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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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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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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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Adam Grant – Givers, Takers, Matchers, and Reciprocity Rings

– Adam Grant   The nonprofit world has largely been built on the importance of giving to accomplish real needs in communities across the globe. Yet, oftentimes giving (or more correctly in my research, Givers) get a bad rap. The fact that we, in our communities, are surrounded by Takers (see below) makes us a…

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Vicki Brannock – Next Generation Giving

– Vicki Brannock   Each generation in American history inevitably inherits a defining set of traits, characteristics and labels that not only identify them as a group but also separate them from the ones before. It isn’t surprising that many of these adjectives and phrases – usually coined by the previous generations – include some…

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