My dad is a fan of saying, "Many hands make light work," as I'm being voluntold to help clean up after dinner. Now how does being elbow deep in burnt on spaghetti sauce relate to nonprofits? It's hard work but collaboration makes it easier.
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If a key leader at your organization left their job today, who would fill their place? Developing the next generation of nonprofit leaders is critical to the future of every nonprofit organization.
Millennials now makeup the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, but many nonprofits do not yet have policies and systems in place that attract young professionals, invest in their professional development, or incentivize them to stay and carry out their mission.
"Change does not happen in silos, and we don't want our nonprofit partners to spend time reinventing the wheel." Linda Baker, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 2016
- Does your organization send out a newsletter of key activities or good practices to share internally or externally?
- Does your organization sometimes have speakers or lunchtime seminars?
- Does your organization have informal or extracurricular activities for staff to have conversations?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then your organization is already participating in knowledge sharing and is on the right track for better overall outcomes.
According to a report from Boardsource, a third of 1,300 nonprofit CEOs surveyed say that their boards are 100 percent white. They also report that 45 percent of board members are women. That means that a lot of important voices never get invited to the table of board service.
Primary to the missions of nonprofit organizations is making communities stronger. Advocates for nonprofits tout the importance of diverse communities and social safety nets because they are the right thing to do. But is a multi-faceted, inclusive community also good for business?
We've certainly tried to say so.
At some point, each of us joined the nonprofit sector as a starry-eyed idealist. Take a second now and channel that spirit: you were ready for a change, you were ready for action and you were determined, resourceful and optimistic. And why shouldn't you have been? You were going to change the world. In fact, you have. But somewhere along the way came that moment of disillusionment when you realized that wonderful intentions don't always equal harmony, much less success. In fact, nonprofit organizations can be just as political (if not more so!) than their for-profit counterparts. But just like their for-profit counterparts, a toxic workplace can cost time, money and hurt service delivery.
April 1, 2014 . . . Blue Avocado is in secret merger talks with the Red Cross, Greenpeace,Yellow Ribon Fund, Purple Heart Foundation, American Black Film Festival, and Brown University. "At last, there will be a place where wounded veterans can make films about college students eating guacamole in disaster areas," said a spokesman.
"You can fool some of the people all of the time," said circusman P.T. Barnum famously, "but you can only fool all of the people on April Fool's Day." Here are the winning entries in our contest for stories "impacting" the nonprofit sector today. -- Susan Sanow and Jan Masaoka
IRS Announces Recall of Section 501(c)(3)
From Paul Sussman, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, San Francisco
The Internal Revenue Service announced today the recall of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code due to "unwieldy and inconsistent requirements" that can cause "extreme inconvenience, high operating costs, and in rare cases, . . .