When and Where to Use Wage Replacement Rates (or Not) for Volunteer Value

Distinguished Fellow Sue Carter Kahl Ph.D., an expert in the field of maximizing the benefits of nonprofit volunteers, reminds us that short-cut measures - like measuring the value of volunteers by expenses saved - can be misleading and obscure the real impact of their contributions.  “The most enduring and controversial question within the field of… Continue reading When and Where to Use Wage Replacement Rates (or Not) for Volunteer Value

Our latest podcast ….

Although we no doubt don't qualify for the "superhumans at work" moniker, we had a great time with host Jason Cambell in this conversation. Interesting that he had a live audience after the podcast calling in with questions from around the world (he was hosting from his home in Bali). Judging from their questions, nonprofit… Continue reading Our latest podcast ….

I miss the galas!

My wife and are were chatting the other day about the joys (?) of being together 24/7 for a whole year and one of us said: “Wouldn’t it be great to get all dressed up, go downtown, and see all the people we know at one of our favorite nonprofit's annual galas?" Since you are… Continue reading I miss the galas!

Learning from Two Decades of Grantee Relationships

Increasingly, Grantmakers are embracing a reset of the "golden rule" (those that have the gold rule) to a "we're in this together approach" which many refer to as "Trust-based Grantmaking", a term coined by the Whitman Institute a few years back. In a recent blog posted on The Center for Effective Philanthropy's site, Distinguished Fellow… Continue reading Learning from Two Decades of Grantee Relationships

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