Lynn Perry Wooten, Kelle Parsons – Enabling Nonprofit Excellence

Enabling Excellence in Nonprofit Organizations: A Positive Organizational Scholarship Perspective – Lynn Perry Wooten, Ph.D. and Kelle Parsons, M.A., M.P.P   The work of high-performing nonprofit organizations entails creating continuous and purposeful cycles of good-to-great as they fulfill their missions. Embedded in this is the organization’s ability to identify and enact the practices that transcend…

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Aaron Young – Keep Your Nonprofit In Good Standing with IRS

– Aaron Young   Most nonprofits are started by idealistic individuals who see a need, and come together because they want to make a difference. During these early stages, the energy is high and the mission is clear. The nonprofit, if approved by the IRS, must continue to document and meet certain IRS requirements if…

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The Cabell Brand Center: Think Globally, Act Locally

– Tamim Younos and Angela Conroy   Planet Earth faces many challenges, including poverty, peace, and environmental health. Many problems have local origins with global consequences. Therefore, solutions must be sought at the local level. Organizations with missions to bring benefit to society must think not only about immediate and local problems, but think holistically…

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Ed Bogle – Moving from Scarcity Thinking to Focused Impact

– Ed Bogle   Most nonprofits have very broad and lofty mission statements. In an attempt to satisfy the greater needs of their “target” constituencies they often spread their resources, dollars and people over too many fronts, in a noble attempt to achieve their broader mission. This leaves them in a mode of scarcity, constantly…

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Increasing Donor Comfort Levels

– Russell Dennis   Anything your nonprofit organization can do to stand out from the crowd is important. Donors have become more sophisticated in recent years when it comes to choosing causes to support. New nonprofits have been coming online at a rate of about 25,000 per year over the last few years. Many of…

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Sherita J. Herring – Nonprofit: The Stepchild of Business

– Sherita J. Herring   What is a stepchild? Besides, “a child of one’s spouse by a previous union,” there are undesirable connotations. Merriam-Webster says, “someone or something that does not receive enough care or attention.” Random House Kernerman Dictionary states, “any person, project, etc., that is not properly treated, supported, or appreciated.” Stories like Cinderella teach that a…

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Kevin Williams – Motivation: How to Get It and How to Keep It

– Dr. Kevin Williams   Motivation is a need or desire causing action. Despite self-help, we still have trouble finding and maintaining our motivation. If your jeans are tight, you might be motivated to lose five pounds, but that is probably not enough to keep the weight off long-term. Our drive to lose weight, even…

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Andrew Morikawa – The Architecture of Governance

– Andrew Morikawa   Every nonprofit board must ask, “How do we organize ourselves so that we can responsibly and effectively do the work that we envision?” I suggest several basic principles and practices, elements of an architecture of engagement, to cultivate effective, leading boards. This architecture has many more elements than can be described…

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