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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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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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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Rob Touchstone – Doing Well and Doing Good! The Well Coffeehouse

– Rob Touchstone   Typically, when we think about giving to a cause, we see it as one-sided, that we’re making sacrifices for the sake of others. That’s what giving is: you’re giving to someone else. At The Well Coffeehouse, and at many organizations across our country, we are reframing that sense. We’re showing you…

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Nonprofits that Work – The Well Coffeehouse

The Well Coffeehouse   They love coffee. They love people even more. The Well is a coffeehouse community with a bold vision to make a difference around the world and in the local community. As a nonprofit missional coffeehouse they exist to make money…and then give it away! And there’s more. They also exist to…

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Wayne Elsey – Nonprofits: Stay Ahead of the Curve

– Wayne Elsey   Nonprofits today need to be thought leaders to raise more money. Some strategies that enable them to successfully fundraise in today’s environment, where everything changes at lightning speed, combine a mix of old-school principles and new techniques. Since the beginning of time, humans have communicated with each other by telling stories,…

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Steven Sawalich – Giving Back

– Steven Sawalich   Growing up with parents committed to service provided me with valuable insight about the importance of giving back. Starkey Hearing Foundation, an international nonprofit that gives free hearing aids to people in need, was founded by my stepfather and mother, Bill and Tani Austin, on the premise that “Alone we can’t…

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Sabith Khan – Philanthropy and Youth in America

– Sabith Khan   As a $300 billion industry, philanthropy is considered as American as apple pie. Yet, there is tremendous scope for its study and practice. What role does philanthropy play in the lives of youth and how can it impact their lives? Alexis De Tocqueville’s comment that ‘associational democracy’ defines American society may…

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