Scott Koorndyk – Sticky Ideas from a Non-Stick Source

– Scott Koorndyk   As the leader of a nonprofit organization focused on accelerating the transition of ideas from the research laboratory to the marketplace, I’m fascinated by great innovations. Those innovations contain great lessons for those of us in the business of ideas. One of my favorites is the story behind the invention of…

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Brian Sooy – There Are No Chance Meetings

– Brian Sooy   The first words I heard from my colleague were “There are no chance meetings. I was supposed to come to see you.” Whether guided by divine appointment or the intent of purposeful relationship, there are no chance meetings for those who are champions for a cause. Every interaction is an opportunity…

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Della Britton – Tackling Challenges Together: Jackie Robinson Fdn

– Della Britton Baeza    Established in 1973 by Rachel Robinson to perpetuate the memory of her husband, The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is one of the nation’s oldest and most effective college scholarship programs supporting minority college and graduate school students throughout the United States. JRF’s two-pronged approach provides generous, four-year grants in conjunction…

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Nonprofits that Work – The Jackie Robinson Foundation

The Jackie Robinson Foundation   The Jackie Robinson Foundation (www.jackierobinson.org) is a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1973 by Rachel Robinson, the wife of American sports and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson, to perpetuate his memory through the support of higher education and the promotion of the values he embodied. The Foundation’s celebrated program model…

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Angela Spranger – Workforce Diversity: Visible, Safe, and Valued

– Dr. Angela Spranger   I believe, after 20-plus years in the workforce including internal and external consulting, that people are all just people. And my four academic degrees, both practical and theory-based, support that understanding: people are all just people. We all want a few basic things out of our workplace experience, and we…

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Robert Coleman – Getting a Second Chance

– Robert Coleman   Second Chance, like a lot of organizations, started with an individual who had a less-than-positive experience. This individual had the addiction disease and came very close to taking his own life. From that profound moment, he realized that he was not unique, and that he could make a difference for others…

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Kathleen LaTosch – Act Now for Nonprofit Diversity and Inclusion

– Kathleen LaTosch   Improving internal diversity and inclusion is frequently a struggle for nonprofit organizations. Well-intentioned staff are often overworked, underpaid and have so much to do that adding another item is overwhelming and exhausting. And while improving the internal diversity and inclusion of your organization is important or imperative, how do you formulate…

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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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