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

ASU Lodestar Center

Nonprofit organizations are among the strongest bridges that connect global problems with solutions. The world needs effective organizations to carry out programs that are beneficial to society. Engage the organization’s current board in dialogue about the nonprofit’s current needs.

Connecting Your Organization to Deliver a Constituent-Driven Experience

Connection Cafe

We see countless articles about how barriers in communication diminish an organization’s impact – and just as crucially – how they inhibit constituent engagement. Organizations can adopt a 360-degree view of their office, with constituents as a core focus.

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Teem’d: The New Collaboration Tool


They shape and organize the conversation to grow and support the audience. It transforms how organizations create, collaborate, and publish social media content at the national and local levels. They are generally centrally organized and do not focus on creating targeted content.

August #4Change Chat: Opportunities for Collaboration

Amy Sample Ward

Topic: How do social media open new doors for collaboration (especially internationally)? Here are some questions to consider: has your organization found new collaborators (other organizations, companies, networks, etc.)

Growing Bigger, Staying Collaborative - 5 Tools for Building Non-Bureaucratic Organizations

Museum 2.0

One of my organization's core values is radical collaboration. But radical collaboration with our community only works if we also collaborate internally as a team. We all collaborated to develop programs, strategies, and community partnerships.

Share Files and Collaborate Online with Box

Tech Soup Blog provides organizations with the Box file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service. Is It Right for My Organization? It also provides tools that facilitate program management, funding development, and global collaboration.

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How to Know When to Dissolve Your Organization

NonProfit Hub

And if things are going well for your organization, it might seem to make little sense to do so. Here are some questions you should ask yourself if you think your organization might be in a pinch. And hey, having to dissolve your organization isn’t the most awful thing in the world.

Tips to Create a Culture of Collaboration and Innovation


Organizations recognize that they must be more transparent with their successes, their failures, as well as their finances. Unfortunately many organizations still struggle with rigid top down management structures and teams that squash innovation and collaboration.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

Innovation, Agility, and Social Organizations


It was earlier in the year that I made the connection between agility and social organizations. Agility is one of the big problems that can be solved when organizations become more human (the other big one is engagement). But social organizations are trying some new things.

Cross-Sector Collaboration: The train to community impact

ASU Lodestar Center

Proposition 22: The normal expectation ought to be that success will be very difficult to achieve in cross-sector collaborations.” - John Bryson, et al., "The The Design and Implementation of Cross-Sector Collaborations". Collaboration is emerging as a popular vehicle to solve complicated problems that our communities face. So much, in fact, that organizations are boarding the train without a map, a travel bag, and even a destination.

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Humanizing your organization creates amazing results. This is how.


Fitness Australia, an association based in Sydney, is an organization that has taken the principles we laid out in Humanize and is now showing amazing results in their revenue growth, employee engagement and retention, and other success metrics.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

2019 Nonprofit Organizations Institute. 2019 Nonprofit Organizations Institute. Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations. Grantmakers for Effective Organizing (GEO) / Seattle, WA / $1,250.

American Red Cross Taps Huddle for Collaboration

Tech Soup Blog

The organization provides relief to those affected by disasters and helps individuals in the community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. A Growing Need for Collaboration. " A Collaboration Solution That Grows with the Organization.

Being a social organization means being generative.


Jamie Notter and I explain how organizations can be more GENERATIVE in our book, Humanize: How People-centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World. Generative organizations have cultures that embrace inclusion. We feel strongly that our organizations need to be more human.

Better Together: What Collaboration Strategies are Necessary to Increase Nonprofit Effectiveness?

ASU Lodestar Center

As the nonprofit sector continues to grow and expand, the number of nonprofit organizations increase, funding becomes more competitive and resources become scarce. Collaboration can also assist in creating greater accountability among nonprofit organizations.

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

Connection Cafe

Social good organizations are embracing the paradigm shift – or risk getting left behind. Social good organizations (nonprofits, foundations, education institutions, etc.) Social good organizations will embrace the new tools of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The tools powering these revolutionary changes in the corporate space can also be leveraged by social good organizations to drive dramatic shifts in effectiveness, scale and outcomes.

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

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To be eligible to apply, the collaboration must: "Involve two or more nonprofit organizations that each would otherwise provide the same or similar programs or services and compete for clients, financial resources and staff. Why don't more nonprofits collaborate?

Collaboration for Funders: Use the Right Tools


This is the final post in our series on online collaboration for grantmakers. In part one, we look at determining the value of creating a collaboration community. The second part explores challenges in facilitating collaboration. When you've thought through the benefits, obstacles, audiences, and timing for an online collaboration community project, you will need to determine how to deploy it. The world of collaboration platforms is a bit of a jungle.

Recap: Community Organizing Tools from the Experts


As we all know, the nonprofit tech community is loaded with smart and thoughtful organizers who give their time and efforts to help the rest of us do the good work we do. We recognize NTEN’s 501 Tech Clubs (local in-person groups) and Communities of Practice (CoPs) (online affinity groups) organizers are one clever and innovative bunch! We learn new community organizing tips and tools from them all the time.

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Ask a Nonprofit Specialist: Legal protection of control within public charities

ASU Lodestar Center

Question: I am the interested in starting a public charity, and I want to legally protect my influence and ability to control the affairs of the organization. Long answer: Public charities are an IRS designation of organizations that are organized and operated for exempt purposes.

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. Let's say you have ten organizations that are trying to coordinate, and each has an incentive to show that they're doing useful things.

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

Connection Cafe

Over many years, my colleagues and I at The Rensselaerville Institute have learned that proposals based on process, structure, and beliefs are needlessly long. Collaboration is essential. Foundations Big Ideas Collaboration communication nonprofits Outcomes

NetCentric Advocacy: PreOrder: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

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Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « information at the point of purchase: Mobile activist tool example | Main | Organizing Night School: Someone please check it out and review the materials for me?

Changing our vision of Change: Revisiting the Pollyanna Principles

Amy Sample Ward

Last week, the New York Times ran an article exploring a segment of the nonprofit/social impact sector that the author saw as a small minority of organizations, but one I care deeply about: those that plan to go out of business.

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How a small nonprofit organization survived the Great Recession

ASU Lodestar Center

Responsibilities fell to the board of directors and executive directors to do something to save their organizations. With no time to spare and with no colleagues with whom to collaborate (we were all too busy), executive directors had to act. posted by.

Embracing the Point of Impact Together: Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders and Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

One of the most exciting parts of 2017 for me so far has been to see how many nonprofit organizations and foundations are becoming more and more passionate about outcomes measurement.

Can Nonprofit Organizations Work More Like Clouds? How?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The illustration above comes from a book by Rob Cross called " Driving Results Through Social Networks " which is about how to leverage informal networks within your organization or cross-organizational teams. Understand how to have influence via electronic participation and collaboration.

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The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


The best fundraising strategic plan tells a complete, organized, and analytics-based story that your team can actually use to help your campaign be more successful. Check your organization’s website, recent RFPs, grant proposals, etc.

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


The WHAT IF Conference is for anyone who supports nonprofit organizations, especially staff and board members, volunteers, donors, foundations and corporate funders. Opportunity Collaboration. Opportunity Collaboration. Opportunity Collaboration / Cancún Yucatán, (Int.)

Social Edge discussion on competition and collaboration: 48 hour check in

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Over on Social Edge , Peter's hosting a discussion about competition and collaboration. My contribution to date, with more to come: In a way I see collaboration and competition as a false dichotomy [or], more precisely, as short-hand for different ways to approach and describe a relationship or intent (working with, and working against, ARE distinct). In other words, a competitive stance today may be exactly what your organization needs in order to accomplish X.

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?

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


2018 Nonprofit Organizations Institute. 2018 Nonprofit Organizations Institute. The program provides focused attention on key compliance issues for both private foundations and charitable organizations, plus practical walk-throughs of an IRS audit and an Attorney General Investigation.

Great reads from around the web on December 15th

Amy Sample Ward

However, these two alternative structures of human organization can interact in a variety of ways, both mutually beneficial and destructive. " Facebook Privacy for Nonprofit Organizations | Idealware – "Facebook seems to generate a lot of discussion about the way it handles privacy and security, and not without reason—personal data protection is worth some scrutiny, and Facebook has a questionable track record in this area.

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Twestival: Are Fundraising Groundswells A Massive Opportunity or Distraction for Nonprofit Organizations?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How is it being organized? Decentralized event organizing, it's grassroots and anyone can organize a local event. I guess I look at it like this: if you give a hundred people tools to lay bricks, you'll likely get a hundred small structures.

Virtual Work, Real Success

Tech Soup Blog

The primary organizing principle behind all the practices that our team implements is a democratic and horizontal management structure. Two outside organizations that help to track this and provide best practices are B Corporation, (whose online assessment is available in full for free) and WorldBlu (providing 10 Principles. Regular, Structured Check-ins. This post was authored by Salem Kimble, social media development manager with BetterWorld Telecom.

Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

Connection Cafe

In recent years, we’ve seen a major uptick in organizations across the social good sector looking at data – and how to use data – in new ways. Data champions —whether inside a nonprofit organization or a foundation—know that data on its own doesn’t accelerate impact on its own.

The Keys to Successful Nonprofit Digital Teams

Connection Cafe

Organizations included in the survey ranged in size from only a couple of employees to hundreds of staff members. 40% of respondents were from organizations with fewer than 20 staff members, 39% from organizations with staffs of 21-200 people, and 16% from organizations with 200+ employees.

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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.

More on Community Management


Check out this post by my blogger buddy Dennis McDonald on whether everyone in an organization should have customer service responsibilities. I am pasting here the comment on Dennis' post: "I think there is a third challenge here - beyond organizational structures and managerial responsibilities. That means, in essence, every individual in an organization who may come into contact with the public - what you call 'external groups.'

Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: The Generational Divide (Panel Discussion)

Amy Sample Ward

Both of these organizations have both been able to figure out how to bring people together across ages, cultures, etc. Suzy : I know many people think the boomers like structure in the work place, we are concerned with making money – but we were the age of Aquarius!

Communications Styles: How to Get Your Message Out (When People Aren't Listening Properly)


For this particular test, explained in much more detail here , the different styles were: Thinker (Structure, logic, organization, problem solving). Collaboration communications styles Community nptech nten IT StaffKarl Hedstrom. IT Director. While communications styles may clash, we still need to find ways to work together. Knowing what your own style is may help. We all have different communication styles. Often, they clash.

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Scrum: A Universal Process for Organizational Success


Many of our teams use the agile methodology Scrum as a structure, but we rely upon our experience with collaborative work to make this approach work smoothly. When done correctly, collaborative workflows can achieve the best results, the most reliable timelines, and the happiest teams.