Get Your Board on Board: Structuring Governance Based on Organizational and Lifecycle Needs

ASU Lodestar Center

The question then turns to this: how can nonprofits structure their governance based on their organizational and lifecycle needs? Challenging as it may seem, the payoff that comes from structuring governance according to organizational and lifecycle needs is well worth the time and effort.

Salesforce, Dreamforce & Nonprofits: It always comes back to the data model

Judi Sohn

The class was structured with lessons, followed by 20 minutes or so to complete an exercise. Each direction is very different, using a different data model (see below for lots more on that) and approach. So how is it always about the data model?

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What is “New” In Adopting New Membership or Business Models?


Her monthly column for us will focus on what Anna calls “the building blocks for constructing new membership and business models” for associations. I have been preaching model change for years. Don’t just play on the periphery; transform your entire organizational model.

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Are Social Enterprises Viable Models for Funding Nonprofits?

ASU Lodestar Center

Social enterprise models may well offer an answer. Should nonprofits become more aggressive in adopting new business models that can add needed revenue? What are the downsides and dangers in pursuing new models? One answer to these questions may be the social enterprise model, which has the potential to revolutionize both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. These social enterprise efforts can add a business model by creating sustainable revenue.

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Four Models for Active User Engagement, by Nina Simon

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

After a broad survey, Rick’s team defined three broad categories of public participation in scientific research: contribution, collaboration, and co-creation. Wiki users are often collaborators. Contribution, collaboration, co-creation, hosted. Source: Share Your Ideas.

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#11NPD: Impact, Brand, and Business Model

Tech Soup Blog

In the panel Rethinking Strategy: The Intersection of Impact, Brand, and Business Model, three experts defined these terms and illustrated their use for effective nonprofit communications. Model Behavior. Delivery and communications are the business model.

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The Collaboration Prize: $250,000 for Nonprofits That Collaborate, Not Compete

Have Fun - Do Good

The Prize also seeks to build an information base of effective practice models that can be studied and used by academics, nonprofit leaders and grantmakers to inspire and advance their work." Why don't more nonprofits collaborate? Logo from The Collaboration Prize web site.

Reflections from the World Economic Forum: Four Big Trends for Social Good Organizations to Watch

Connection Cafe

Nonprofits are going to become more reliant on enablers like AI and quantum modeling, which will drive everything from financial models to marketing campaigns to donor engagement. And companies like Unilever are not only focused on their supply chain, but re-structuring their advertising practices to better support and promote gender equality. The collaboration and innovative thinking around building a better world I saw at Davos this year encouraged me.

Understanding the New Power of the Collaborative Economy for Social Good Sector

Beth Kanter

My colleague, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans have just published an important piece over on the Harvard Business School blog called “ Understanding the New Power ” that gives us a great high level analysis of how collaborative economy is operating in the social good sector.

Using a Blog Network for Organizational Collaboration


It's apparently the month of collaboration, for some reason. I've talked to four people this month about presenting information about the types of collaboration tools that are available, particularly for networks of organizations who want to work together. Each of the other organizations could then read the blogs to keep abreast of what others are doing (maybe, in fact, it's one blog with a lot of authors - that could be a better model). I'm kind of compelled by this model.

Foundations and Nonprofits: What Does it Mean to “Speak the Same Language”?

Connection Cafe

If you give us a logic model or a theory of change format, we work hard to not only embrace your words but to put them in the right rows and columns. Collaboration is essential. Foundations Big Ideas Collaboration communication nonprofits Outcomes

NetCentric Advocacy: Santa Fe Institute Research Topics - Physics of Complex Systems: Network Resources

Network-Centric Advocacy

Is there a 3 dimensional structure equivalent to the power law? These include networks of scientific citations and collaborations; technological networks such as the Internet, the World Wide Web, road networks, power grids, railways and airline routes; and biological networks, such as food webs, genetic regulatory networks, and metabolic networks. Generic questions include: How is the structure of a network related to its function and behavior?

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development


Read More » Collaboration for Funders: Understanding the Challenges Joe Anderson in Influence 1 Jul 2010 This is part two of a series on online collaboration for grantmakers. In part one, we looked at determing the value of creating a collaboration community.If youre a funder in the philanthropic sector, and youve concluded that online collaboration is a great tool for solving issues like.

The Keys to Successful Nonprofit Digital Teams

Connection Cafe

The Structures of Effective Digital Teams. In 2014, centralized and hybrid models were also nearly tied for first at 40% and 38% respectively. You can read more about the five models of digital teams here. Percent of organizations using each team structure.

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5 Keys for Achieving your Organization’s Goals

Connection Cafe

Accountability: Nonprofits tend to foster collaborative environments where staff are wearing many hats and are willing to pitch in to initiatives that aren’t in their job description. Using SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound) goals or RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) models for organizational goals provide clarity amidst that collaboration on who is ultimately accountable for driving the goal forward.

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When Worlds Collide: Major Gifts and Direct Marketing Team Up to Maximize Mid-Level Donors

Connection Cafe

And there is more structure to ease any cultural or tactical friction that might arise between the departments. Unique staffing models are emerging. Unique Staffing Models. We have also developed an exciting collaboration with our major gift team.

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Webinars in 2012 ? Where are They Going?


However, with such rapid progression in social media and collaborative learning, the webinar curriculum is in transition. This results in what we call a collaborative approach to learning. Webinar Structure. Alternative Business Model.

Three Roles of the Nonprofit CFO that Lead to Mission Success

Connection Cafe

The Builder constructs a: Sustainable financial structure that meets mission needs, goals, and aspirations over time. Sustainable and dynamic business model that finds the necessary revenues and efficiently and effectively manages expenditures over the fiscal years.

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Discover how these and other factors are irrevocably changing the ways donors structure their largest gifts of a lifetime. Opportunity Collaboration. Opportunity Collaboration.

Sales Operations Demystified: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Do It Right

Sales Hacker

Maintenance of Communication and Collaboration Channels. The Structure of an Agile Sales Operations Unit. Given the variance of organizational structures even among similarly scaled players in the same industry, pinning down the ideal structure for sales ops is nearly impossible.

NetCentric Advocacy: Movement Building and Campaign Design Lessons from Energy Deregulation

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Modeling self organization of communication and topology in social networks | Main | Activation Point Read It. » March 19, 2007 Movement Building and Campaign Design Lessons from Energy Deregulation Why a distributed collaboration and massvolunteer system will work. From an organizational standpoint, this represents a very different structure—the integrated model.

7 Patterns of Nonprofit Digital Teams


What we’ve seen across all organizations, regardless of size, is that digital teams—their structure, leadership, and how they are affected by the culture of the institutions where they work—are the biggest predictor of online effectiveness.

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Guest Post by Nora Grant: Lessons from A Year of Pop Up Museums

Museum 2.0

There are many different models, including The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History , The New York Met , SF Mobile Museum , and even a Pop Up Prison Museum. We choose themes and venues in collaboration with a community partner.

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Mission Driven or People Driven?


In practice, “mission-driven” seems to be more than a reference to an organizational model. 3) Structuring around the customer, and not the product, policy, existing structures etc. We are not going to innovate or re-invent our business model and value proposition to better serve members anyway, if these innovations do not fit our mission. Is your organization mission or people driven? Are the two mutually exclusive or can they co-exist? I am confused.

Mission Driven or People Driven?


In practice, “mission-driven” seems to be more than a reference to an organizational model. 3) Structuring around the customer, and not the product, policy, existing structures etc. Is your organization mission or people driven?

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Reflections from the Communications Network Conference: Wisdom of Crowds – Succeeding in Practice?


But, I’m optimistic – I am seeing good models of this today which can be applied by foundations in their work. Predictive Markets: The Iowa Electronic Markets uses an online wagering model to accurately predict political elections. It may take some time for foundations to find high-value uses of crowdsourcing, but there are some good models to start from, so let the experimentation begin!" " Tags: Influence Collaboration Communication

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How Can Nonprofits Build High-Performing Teams?

ASU Lodestar Center

Build a Supportive Structure. Building a supportive structure involves cultivating trust, developing communication standards, establishing effective daily routines, overcoming traditional views of management and empowering high-performing employees to achieve success.

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Change Happens. Are you ready?


Good decision makers deliberately frame the question – defining goals, priorities and criteria – they think creatively about different options and have a structured and collaborative way of coming to a conclusion. Guest post by Stuart Easton. —————-.

Leading from the Outside-In


Should we create radically different membership and business models? Should we change our membership model? They are not weighed down by complex governance structures or layered decision-making processes. Collaborative Discovery.

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It's almost time for #11NTC - See you there?

Judi Sohn

Bringing multiple communication channels in to a contact-centered model. 11NTCSocialCRM) Tech Track: Keeping it Real (Secure) – Security in Your Network Neighborhood (10:30 am-12 pm Saturday) - The tech track sessions differ in both content and structure.

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Bookshare and the Power of We

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our lower cost model allowed us to invert the power structure. This core value means that we include our partners and user communities in planning our products, collaborate with them as we develop our technology solutions, and therefore provide services that are responsive to the real world needs of real people. With technology, you can do incredible things, but with a galvanized community of supporters who work together toward a greater good, we can do anything.

To Scale or Not to Scale: What Should Nonprofits Consider Before Deciding to Expand a Program for Greater Impact?

ASU Lodestar Center

Keep in mind that many of the most complex and intractable social issues that nonprofits face can only be effectively addressed by collective impact, via collaboration among organizations or even across sectors. Scalable programs should be based on a strong theory of change or logic model, clearly linking program inputs to outcomes in a way that can be tested and evaluated to determine actual effectiveness. Organizations should examine their own structure and capacity.

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Frameworks and Lessons from the Public Participation in Science Research Report

Museum 2.0

In this report, the authors describe three specific models for public participation: contribution, collaboration, and co-creation. I would add a fourth model, tentatively called co-option. Contribution, collaboration, co-creation, and co-option.

The 8 Key Elements of a Federated Buying Agreement

Connection Cafe

This is a prudent collaboration since a viable deal structure requires all three to remain ‘whole’ for the lifetime of a purchasing arrangement. Keep in mind that this agreement structure is relevant for a range of selections and choices in each area. In the “ Who buys? Who pays?

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Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

From their website: Some of the features that distinguish Hampshire from more traditional liberal arts colleges include student-designed academic concentrations; an active, collaborative, inquiry-based pedagogy; an interdisciplinary curriculum; and a narrative evaluation system. The unconference/camp model of learning about technology issues is really great, but falls a little short when dealing with a specific tool, and an audience that is mostly unfamiliar with it.

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It’s almost time for #11NTC – See you there?

Judi Sohn

Bringing multiple communication channels in to a contact-centered model. Tech Track: Keeping it Real (Secure) – Security in Your Network Neighborhood (10:30 am-12 pm Saturday) – The tech track sessions differ in both content and structure.

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The Problem Isn’t Millennials


Bruce Kasanoff wrote in Forbes recently , So when I hear executives complain about millennials, I think: this company is probably operating with a business model – and internal systems – that are one to two decades out of date. It baffles me that we haven’t figured this out yet.

Announcing the 21st Century Nonprofit Program


Despite our progressive efforts to leverage technology to change the world, our organizational structures, processes, and management “best practices” haven’t seen real change in fifty years or more. Nonprofits are changing the world. It’s what we do.

Reimagining Museums with Latin America Leading the Way

Museum 2.0

El Museo Reimaginado is a collaborative effort of museum professionals in North and South America to explore museums' potential as community catalysts. Even the conference itself was a model of social bridging.

Human Motivation: The Forgotten Element in Our Theories and Practices


Reasons for a performing a task or modeling behavior that employees understand and embrace, and that resonate with their values and motivations. Siloed structure and culture. Incentives & rewards value efficiency; performance of assigned tasks and management of processes.

Benetech’s Framework for Developing New Social Enterprises

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I was delighted when Ron Schultz invited me to collaborate with him on his latest book Creating Good Work – The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy. Our lower cost model allowed us to invert the power structure.

Rethinking corporate social responsibility

ASU Lodestar Center

The nonprofit business model is increasingly vulnerable to the volatility of the nonprofit marketplace and broad social, political, economic, and technological trends. Notwithstanding countless initiatives and grants to address this dilemma, the business model problem remains.

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How can we prepare organizational leaders to work in a networked world?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The formal organization is represented by the (usually) hierarchical organization structure. The links, or ties, in these structures are reporting relationships. Formal structures are essential for processes and tasks that require discipline, measurement, and decision-making.