Nonprofit Boards: Connected by Values, Guided by Principles

– Hugh Ballou   A non-profit board is looking after the governance of the organization and safeguarding its mission… as a board member I feel this responsibility even more keenly as it is even more critical in difficult economic times and where headlines are creating doubts in the minds of donors and stakeholders. – Lucy…

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Bob Fox – Workspace Impacts Work Culture

– Bob Fox   Recently, I participated in a focus group for the book Change Your Space, Change Your Culture, which looks at what affects performance in the workplace. Driven by research showing that nearly 70% of the workforce is disengaged, we focused much of our energy on issues of engagement and culture. Every organization…

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J.R. Briggs – Redefining Success

– J.R. Briggs   How you define success defines you. Success isn’t good or bad, but we all have some sort of metric of success. For me, more than anything else, success is stewarding well what’s been entrusted to our care. It’s a stewardship issue. Some of this may not work for the non-religious sector,…

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Brian Sooy – Clarifying Your Cause Will Shape Your Manifesto

– Brian Sooy   Every day, worldwide, meaningful causes are trying harder than ever to get noticed, to rise above the noise, inspire change, motivate action, and speak with one voice. Before that can happen, you and your organization have to clarify who you are and what you do. At Aespire, we call this the…

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Devin Thorpe – How Values Relate to Fundraising

– Devin Thorpe   Your fundraising may be tied more closely to your organizational values than you realize. Your donors don’t learn your values from your website or your mailings; instead, they learn your values from your actions. All organizations, but especially nonprofits, must own and demonstrate certain universal values. These fundamental values revolve around…

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Cheryl Snapp Conner – Communicating Social Responsibility Goals

– Cheryl Snapp Conner   In case you haven’t noticed yet, social responsibility is good for business in a number of ways. It’s no longer a choice of 1) doing good, or 2) good for business. In an increasing number of arenas, these two goals are one and the same. Consider the following:   Millennials…

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Desmond Tutu – Lessons from a Legend

– Bishop Desmond Tutu   As our globe shrinks geographically, economically, and socially, it is more important to live together across cultural, racial, and ever-blurring borderlines. I have learned many lessons on performance that have led to great things being accomplished and many yet to come. Lessons from a Legend – When you do business…

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Marcia McFee – Planning and Creativity

– Dr. Marcia McFee   We must talk about the processes of creativity: how we can work with each other, where the pitfalls are, and how we have different working styles. Those working styles can really be an asset at times, and, at times, can bog us down. People work in so many different ways.…

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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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