The Case for Optimism

Matt and recently I had the pleasure to record an interview for The University of San Diego's annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium, which, for the past 17 years, has brought together an outsanding and diverse group of nonprofit leaders to share best practices, network, and learn from their collective wisdom and experience. For those who would… Continue reading The Case for Optimism

If You’re Healthy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands

Distinguished Fellow Dace West of the Denver Foundation - a trend-setting community foundation -provides some observations - and suggestions - on nonprofit sustainability and weathering the storm during the current crisis. When I was asked to write about nonprofit sustainability, I admittedly struggled a bit. As I thought about why, I realized that I’m not… Continue reading If You’re Healthy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands

Data Driven and Mission Centered: Capturing Volunteer Contributions in More Robust Ways

Dr. Sue Carter Kahl, a national recognized expert on volunteer engagement, writes about gathering and making effective use of data on a precious resource : a nonprofit's volunteer core. “Not everything that can be counted counts. Not everything that counts can be counted.” William Bruce Cameron There is growing interest in and need to demonstrate… Continue reading Data Driven and Mission Centered: Capturing Volunteer Contributions in More Robust Ways

Match Money with Mission: Board Responsibilities and Socially Responsible Investing

We remain perplexed how some foundations and other nonprofits and their investment committees continue to avoid  socially conscious investments for their endowment funds without considering that it may be in violation of their fiduciary obligations  - that of obedience - to the organization and its Mission.   Director’s Duties  Almost every nonprofit board member is aware that  “In addition to… Continue reading Match Money with Mission: Board Responsibilities and Socially Responsible Investing

What Are the Greatest Challenges Facing Nonprofits Today?

I told my co-author Matt Craig that it was pretty funny that we've both been doing a number of podcasts - considering I didn't know what a podcast was a year ago. Host Rob Harter of The Nonprofit Leadership Podcast and I had an interesting conversation a few weeks ago about some of the more… Continue reading What Are the Greatest Challenges Facing Nonprofits Today?