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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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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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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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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Jeffrey Magee – One-Degree Trajectory Change for Monumental ROIs

– Jeffrey Magee   To attain a higher ROI (return on investment) in everything you do, understand the Trajectory Code Model. We all start at point A in route to our individual and collective goals known as point C. Far too often, individuals and organizations get off track and mired in point B dead-end behaviors.…

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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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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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Derrick Feldmann – Prepare for a Millennial Workforce

– Derrick Feldmann   More than 46 million American employees are aged 20-34. Just as Baby Boomers altered life as their parents knew it, Millennials – a larger cohort than Boomers – are influencing our lives today as much or more, and at an incredibly accelerated pace. Their influence is being felt in the workplace.…

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Cynthia Adams – GrantStation Forum on Changes in Philanthropy

– Cynthia M. Adams   Over a year ago, I read a report that changed my long-held belief that philanthropy, especially in the world of grant makers, seldom changes and, when it does change, the change is slow. The report was called 10 Innovations in Global Philanthropy, published by a group out of London called…

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