How Boards Are Improving and Failing – and What to Do Next

Continuing The Conversation: October 2017

I’m a study geek, to a degree. I recommend the BoardSource report, Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, as must reading for every nonprofit. For one reason, it’s the ninth report in this series since 1994, so there’s enough history to truly track “generalized trends and changes” in vital areas, the study […]

Why Not Director of Observation to Keep Mission in Sight?

Continuing The Conversation: August 2016

I’ve been writing a lot about advocacy lately, and to a degree this blog is too. Though it’s more about advocating to ensure that every nonprofit sees clearly needs to be addressed and serves those who are truly in need. I’m prompted by a recent conversation and some tweets that really got me thinking. Here’s […]

In Praise of Advocacy

Continuing The Conversation: June 2016

Advocacy is trending – and that’s potentially game-changing for nonprofits. I know it predates this year’s presidential campaign, yet I think through the daily deluge of news coverage we’ve been feeling the impact of advocacy and of impassioned advocates. This is not meant to be a political blog, so my only point is the fresh […]

Resolving To Make A Difference

Continuing The Conversation: January 2016

It’s the middle of January and already it feels like the fervor for new year’s resolutions has passed. For myself, the “be a new you” message has never resonated. I don’t begin on January 1 with new intentions, but do I make a resolution. Essentially it’s the same every year – to make a difference […]

Toasting the Pursuit of Benefiting All

Continuing The Conversation: November 2015

There’s nothing like sampling a great wine and feeling that you’re contributing to something good. And I’m not referring to the medical data that says wine in moderation can be a boon for your health. Though health is definitely the operative word in this scenario. This is sounding like a riddle, which is not my […]

Doing it Better in Brooklyn

Continuing The Conversation: April 2015

I’m always intrigued by doing-it-better examples. Regular readers of my dashboard know it’s one of my mantras. So when I see a great model of a nonprofit that’s “doing it better,” I like to call it out. That’s what I saw on a recent visit to the Brooklyn Community Foundation. The foundation’s new Brooklyn Accelerator […]