Posts Tagged "Strategy"

Marla Cornelius
October 11, 2013

In Part 1 of this 2-part series on nonprofit governance, Marla Cornelius wrote about the executive director’s role in governance. This week, in part two, she discusses the board’s role in this interdependent partnership. Marla is a Senior Project Director at CompassPoint and Board Chair at DataCenter: A Research Justice Organization.
 

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Marissa Tirona
September 26, 2013

In early September, I spent two rewarding days helping some of our sector’s most passionate leaders – those working to end violence against women and girls – to focus on their own self-care. I co-facilitated these self-care workshops with Norma Wong as part of the Move to End Violence (MEV) initiative.
 

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Marla Cornelius
August 14, 2013

I often hear executives complain about their boards. Many of the comments sound like this:

  • My board is disengaged. I understand that they are busy and I don’t want to ask for too much, but I can barely get them to come to meetings.
  • My board doesn’t take responsibility for their own work. Why do I have to cajole them when they should be attending to their own affairs?
  • My board doesn’t understand what our staff even does. They want to get involved in the day-to-day work and don’t see that they’re micromanaging.
     
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CJ Callen
July 16, 2013

how can we build organizations that can turn on a dime? How can we build in our board cultures a reverence for power combined with dizzying control? These are the true moves needed to ensure meaningful systemic impact. And just to be crystal clear, when I say to my fellow nonprofits, “Be the cheetah,” I don’t mean be predatory but, rather, use your skills in surprising ways for far superior results. Work in ways that build your “flex” muscles. 
 

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Shannon Ellis
June 4, 2013

In this first of two blog posts on organizational strategy, CompassPoint Project Director Shannon Ellis considers the changing social and operational environment nonprofits are working in, and the shifts in orientation these changes necessitate. In Part 2, Shannon lays out how getting clear on strategy can help an organization move through turbulent waters. 
 

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Shannon Ellis
June 4, 2013

Last week, in “Think Like a Surfer: Part One of a Two-Part Series on Organizational Strategy,” Shannon Ellis wrote about the powerful and turbulent waters we’re navigating as nonprofits, and reflected on some of the leadership capacities it takes to harness that power to effect lasting change. This week, in Part Two, she discusses the five practices she sees in common among organizations that are successful in surfing through these changes.
 

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Shannon Ellis
March 23, 2013

Over the past week I’ve watched Dan Pallotta’s TED Talk, “The way we think about charity is dead wrong” ripple throughout the nonprofit sector and beyond.
 

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Kim Klein
March 21, 2013

“I would love to give to the Film Festival, but I really have to devote all my giving to my children’s public school.” This sentence, said by a long-time donor in response to a request for funding renewal from a board member at a local Film Festival, helped to start a project called “Nonprofits Talking Taxes." 

 

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Marla Cornelius
January 22, 2013

This became a refrain while in the midst of analyzing the data for our newly released report: UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising (a joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund). But this is not a report about recruiting and retaining development staff. At least not entirely. This is about a much deeper problem, what we describe as a vicious cycle that many organizations are caught in. 
 

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Marissa Tirona
December 9, 2012

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege to attend Building Movement 2012 (#buildingmovement), a two-day convening put on by Move to End Violence (MEV), a program of the NoVo Foundation.  Every two years, MEV selects a group of individuals – Movement Makers – to participate in an intensive experience to grow their leadership and collaboration and develop bold strategies.
 

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