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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Tim McCarthy – Giving to Gain

– Tim McCarthy   In helping others, we are always helping ourselves. Both by nature and by nurture, I’ve always felt good about giving. Today, our foundation, The Business of Good, invests millions in “serving those who serve the poor,” but my first lesson in giving was delivered over time by my little sister who had…

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Nonprofits that Work – Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network   At an age when most college students are wrapped up in exams, parties, sports, and courting, a few students at the University of Maryland, College Park, noticed a problem: huge amounts of leftover food from campus dining halls and sports events being thrown away. While students were enjoying meals in dining…

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Wendy Friswell – Collaboration for Ripple Effects

– Wendy Friswell   What if nonprofits could work together to meet the deeper needs of a community? That was the question that was present in our community as we started Spirit of Giving. Spirit of Giving is a collaborative, nonprofit organization with focus on children and families in South Palm Beach County, Florida. It…

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Point and Counterpoint – Generations in the Nonprofit World

Often in Nonprofit Performance Magazine, we have two viewpoints on topics that impact the overall effectiveness of leaders in a social benefit culture. This isn’t a debate – it’s dialogue from the perspectives of two experienced leaders. The goal is to provide different perspectives to stimulate creative thinking and bring leaders into a new paradigm…

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Sarah Cunningham – Creating a New Religious Community

– Sarah Cunningham   With my dad as a pastor, I never imagined church was perfect. But worship was exciting to me and a core part of my identification as a member of my local church. My first job was as a church staffer in my early 20s, an idealistic life stage when I wanted…

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Jamie Notter, Maddie Grant – When Millennials Take Over

– Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant   Much has been written about Millennials, but most of that is not helpful in business. Why focus on Millennials and the way they might be changing nearly every aspect of how we learn, lead and grow in organizations? Because they are in the right place at the right…

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Aaron Scheinberg – Veterans Serving on the Home Front

– Aaron Scheinberg   The Mission Continues: Veterans Serving on the Home Front   On Sept. 11, 2001, everything changed. I was one of the 4,000 cadets at the United States Military Academy, West Point, just 40 miles north of the World Trade Center. We soon became acutely aware that our military career would take…

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Roberta Gilbert – Anxious Organizations

– Roberta Gilbert, M.D.   Often leaders complain that their organizations get nothing done: that people are lazy, moody, or have more time for gossip than for work. Sometimes leaders’ criticisms are more specific: they see no creative, forward movement of the group. This state of affairs will soon affect productivity and the bottom line,…

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Jeff Fromm – Designing for Millennials

– Jeff Fromm   Most nonprofits have a lot of equity in old schemas, but Millennials have little equity in them, creating a fundamental conflict. If we start by looking at the core product or service that the nonprofit offers, and examine it for what reasons people are engaged by and resonate with it, we…

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