Entries for January 2014

New Realities Point Us Back to the Fundamentals

Vance Yoshida // Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Realities Point Us Back to the Fundamentals

When we asked emerging leaders last spring How must the social sector adapt to succeed in meeting 21st Century challenges and opportunities? we handed each a long list of issues and trends that are shaping a “new reality” for nonprofits and foundations.  Yet when today’s up-and-coming social sector professionals told us what they thought it would take for organizations to succeed in this new reality, we were struck by how some of the most powerful answers brought us not to the latest cutting-edge trend, but back to the fundamentals.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Trends
Tags: community, vision

An Opportunity to Reflect

David La Piana // Friday, January 17, 2014

An Opportunity to Reflect

It is all too easy to get consumed with our own lives and our own work, but as we commemorate social justice and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. let us take time to stop and think about the kind of country we are becoming – and how we can help make it right.


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Categories: Commentary
Tags: civic engagement, social justice, volunteerism

Spotlight on Governance…and Communication

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, January 16, 2014

Spotlight on Governance…and Communication

The effective sharing, communication, and analysis of information is the fulcrum upon which the rest of a board’s performance hinges. Our technology-enabled information economy poses as many opportunities for more effective communication as it presents challenges: we have more tools at our disposal to share information, but less bandwidth to filter, absorb, and give thought to this information to turn it into decisions, actions, and results.

As nonprofit boards take stock of their priorities for the coming year, we suggest lifting up communication as an area to examine.

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Categories: Governance
Tags: board development, nonprofit consulting

Organizational Integration After Merger: The Merged Board

Bob Harrington // Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Organizational Integration After Merger: The Merged Board

When two or more nonprofits decide to merge, there is generally a lot of interest, inquiry, and work regarding the integration of staff and staff cultures of the organizations. The integration of the boards of the merging organizations can be equally critical, though it often does not receive the level of attention it deserves. The integration phase of bringing the organizations together must include establishing mutually agreed upon expectations and responsibilities for both the board as a whole and for individual board members coming onto the merged board. A board assessment framework can assist in the evaluation of potential changes that can enhance the functioning of the merged board and the organization as a whole, ensuring strong integration and setting the stage for success.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: board development, mergers, integration