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. The structure of governance will depend on the way in which each nonprofit meets entrepreneurial, engineering, and administrative needs. Exploring strategy and board structure in nonprofit.

How grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients can do great things together with data and evaluation

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

The process was a collaboration in itself, with TSNE MissionWorks , and Essential Partners serving as co-hosts. What you see here are a few notes that reflect my individual experience. This is not actually a photo from the dialogue series.

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NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth Kanter

Is there a lead facilitator who is responsible for the final decision or is the team to work collaboratively making decisions? Overnight Reflection. What I think is the magic is the use of “overnight reflection.” So, being able to “sleep on an idea” and share a reflection is great. I wish I had done a structured creative thinking exercise to get people comfortable. Photo by Trav Williams.

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. Worse yet, they have not considered the repercussions of boarding the collaboration train.

Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

Beth Kanter

The session is designed to answer three questions: Why does collaborative technology overload lead to loss of nonprofit workplace productivity and what are the best practices to avoid it? What is Collaborative Overload? The potential for being overwhelmed by technology is magnified in the workplace by something called “ Collaborative Overload ” Rob Cross and Adam Grant in a recent Harvard Business Review article. Reflect on the past six months or the past year as a team.

Christian Kreutz's Reflections on Web2.0forDev

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Christian Kreutz has written up his reflections on the recent Web2.0fordev conference. How do I offer all these channels for collaboration and still filter what is important to me? He also make a few other points worth noting: I had the feeling everybody shared an enthusiasm for the potential that development can have, but I also only saw a few clear structured projects. A complete contrast to that was Damir Simunic, who talked about Collaboration on the Edge of Network.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations. Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations. Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations. Presented in collaboration with African American Development Officers Network (AADO). It's finally here!

New (Free) E-Book: Leading Systems Change Will Supercharge Your Facilitation Skills

Beth Kanter

Overall, the program led to over 100 collaborations and its impact is ongoing. Teampedia -This collection includes many useful team building activities, icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams that want to improve their collaborative processes, including meetings. HyperIsland -Hyper Island is a creative business school in Sweden with a unique approach to learning that focuses on collaboration, creativity, and learning-by-doing.

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

Connection Cafe

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. Part 2 in a 2-part Davos report for the Social Good Community ( See Part 1 here ).

Trainer’s Notebook: Reflections on Designing and Delivering Training To Get Results

Beth Kanter

The secret is in the structure and design of the small group exercises. There are many ways to do this, but try to avoid the “Q/A of the Expert at the End,” and facilitate discussion that is more reflective. Another participant mentioned that there were several organizations who were their partners and the other maps gave them some ideas about potential collaborations. Reflection.

WeAreMedia: Reflections on Working Wikily - Getting out of the way

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The NTEN project WeAreMedia project is an excellent personal learning laboratory for reflection and insights about this topic. " Dave Cormier signed up to be a critical friend soon after the project launched and posted a reflection here. Not sure where to jump in because of the way information is structured. Levels of Collaboration. What does collaboration work by community members look like? Small Group Collaboration. Photo by Robert Francis.

Research Friday: Leadership Development & Performance Management - Reflections from Daring to Lead 2011

ASU Lodestar Center

Leaders are proponents of professional development, and the vast majority of them value shared leadership — meaning an approach that is both inclusive and collaborative, and shares decision making and authority with others throughout the organization. posted by. Marla Cornelius , Senior Project Director. CompassPoint. Welcome to Research Friday ! This week we welcome Marla Cornelius, co-author of Daring to Lead 2011: A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership.

My Three Words for 2011: Seek, Sense, and Share

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is building time in for reflection and putting I find out into practice. Sense making is also experimenting and learning by doing. It is also a process that happens, in part, in quiet – and for me that means embracing slowness. I have been reflecting on my system for doing this – looking at the tension between curating one’s network and get things done, but leaving room for serendipity. reflection seek sense share three words

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Reflections on the Science Center World Congress

Museum 2.0

We need to create some collaborative structures (probably on the web) for continued dialogue and mutual support. What is the Science Center World Congress ? It's a question whose answer eluded me from the day I registered eight months ago through the first few days of the conference this week.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Opportunity Collaboration. Opportunity Collaboration. Opportunity Collaboration / Cancún Yucatán, (Int.) Participants will network and learn about other areas of practice, discuss a range of opportunities and challenges faced by different sectors, and work collaboratively to improve impact measurement. New ways to collaborate with each other. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Structuring Major Gifts Conference.

Connecting Your Organization to Deliver a Constituent-Driven Experience

Connection Cafe

If this has you reflecting on your experience, remember that there are tangible tips you can use to connect your organization. By centering your work around constituents, you not only enable the type of supporter-driven frameworks required by today’s standards, but also structure yourself for success. Arts & Cultural Companies Faith Communities Foundations Healthcare Higher Education K-12 Schools Nonprofit Nonprofit Management Social Good connected office; collaboration

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The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations. Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations. Our institute will also provide opportunities for attendees to create meaningful connections and potential collaborations. Collaborate with peers from across North America who understand your challenges. It's finally here!

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

Connection Cafe

They raise money by crafting documents that reflect the terms of those who give it. 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. We create collaborations which outperform what foundations can get with other grantees or what nonprofits can get with other funders.

Funding Faith: Raising Money For Religion-Based Organizations


Also, Doucet Campbell said that, depending on the structure of the organization, there’s sometimes a misguided belief that a built-in pipeline of giving is automatic. . Faith-based giving can be deeply reflective of a person’s belief.

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The emancipation of the charity employee

Steve Bridger

But as Anne McCrossan (with whom I am fortunate enough to collaborate) writes in her post reflecting on this week’s event, charity leaders have been slow to appreciate how this connective tissue can create a compelling point of difference: Job descriptions remain fixed, corporate reputations struggle with how to accommodate and integrate personal profiles into their own, the scope to build on the kind of affinity that can reshape organisational structure so it’s more fluid is limited.

3 Year-Round Campaigns to Elevate Your Nonprofit Fundraising Strategy


Even if a visitor hits your donation page with the original intent to donate, an underwhelming first impression, or a poorly structured or distracting page, can leave your nonprofit with a missed opportunity.

The Problem of Nonprofit Data and Equity


Large data platforms, especially those that make donations of products and services, are putting high-powered software into nonprofits’ hands at a fraction of the cost that would ordinarily reflect on commercial customers.

3 Steps to Write a Stellar Nonprofit Development Plan


That’s why you have to develop a fundraising strategy for your nonprofit that consists of a variety of different approaches, reflects elements like campaign strategies and budget planning , and helps your organization meet its goals.

Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development

Beth Kanter

The nature of today’s nonprofit workplace – fast paced and heavy workloads – makes it nearly impossible to find the reflective time to put together a learning plan and implement it. For decades, even centuries, our view of leadership has been defined by top-down, hierarchical structures. It’s being replaced by collaborative styles of leadership and the rise of programs and initiatives that are being co-created across departments and organizations.

Will the Sharing Economy Catalyze New Forms of Philanthropy?

Beth Kanter

Now that we’ve had some time to reflect, I am wondering about how the Sharing Economy will catalyze new forms of philanthropy and CSR? Lucy Bernholz wrote a reflection post Share Conference called “ Sharing Data.” Want to look at structural racism, affordable housing or daycare, or gender and safety issues?

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Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

Beth Kanter

One area we cover is social awareness, the ability to recognize and understand the moods of other individuals and teams that we collaborate with professionally. Use reflective listening skills and clear communication to adjust. Emerging nonprofit leaders who engage in reflective listening are more likely to succeed. This assessment will give you a good sense of where you stand now and offers a structured approach to practicing based on your assessment.

[VIDEO] Creative Ways People Contribute to Community


By understanding core motivations, intentions, perspectives reflected in this webinar, you will be able to build a stronger case for support, increase the impact you have, and gain strategies for creating and preserving community.

[VIDEO] How To Lead And Manage In Our New Nonprofit Work Reality


She’s also the founder of The Rooted Collaborative, which I think she’s going to tell you more about later on. And as Steven mentioned, my baby that I released into the world is The Rooted Collaborative. Flat structures have hidden hierarchy.

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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. Finding few resources on the topic, we decided to create the world’s first digital team structure benchmark for the nonprofit sector.

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The Keys to Successful Nonprofit Digital Teams

Connection Cafe

Some of the findings in this year’s survey included the importance of having leaders with digital experience, the connection between well-structured teams and outcomes, the challenges in restructuring digital teams, and the gap between the value organizations place on supporter engagement and how they are prioritizing managing and tracking it. The Structures of Effective Digital Teams. Percent of organizations using each team structure.

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Experiential Leadership Development

Beth Kanter

I was honored to travel around the country with 40 of the brightest and inspiring creative leaders, from screenwriters to speechwriters, publicists to producers, authors to filmmakers and more. The trip was packed with opportunities for us to reflect on our leadership and values, pursue our passion for crafting powerful stories and identify ways that we want to “repair the world” by giving back. We reflected on the applications to leadership.

Kids, Coercion, and Co-Design

Museum 2.0

I've written about different structures for participatory processes (especially in museums), and recently, I've been interested in how we can apply these structures to the design of public space. I'm not suggesting that the kids are less valuable as participants than their parents--or even less realistic in their impulses and desires--but that our whole adult approach to collaborative processes doesn't easily absorb youthful exuberance.

Achieve Client Wins Award for Custom Website


Through a collaborative and iterative process the decision was made to launch the website on Drupal. After identifying the most consistent user journey, the team created sample wireframes to structure the future website and pages. Achieve client, City of Tampa, Fla.,

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Explore Impact Leadership at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit: Free Registration Giveaway

Beth Kanter

While participants in each track will explore their topics in depth and in the context of a facilitated structure, there will be inspiring keynotes and opportunities for networking for all participants. We’ve settled in on an innovation lab process that will help participants reflect on their current “Impact Leadership” practice, brainstorm solutions to key challenges, and come up with innovative and practical ideas to implement.

Six Steps Your Nonprofit Must Take Before Launching a Senior Hire

NonProfit Hub

Katie Bouton is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and the founder and president of Koya Leadership Partners , a nationally recognized executive search firm committed to collaborating with nonprofit organizations to recruit and retain exceptionally talented and diverse professionals who can make a lasting impact. Make sure you’re presenting a compelling role with a compensation package that reflects market realities.

Building Capacity for Social Change 2.0

Beth Kanter

Note From Beth: A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to participate in a meeting with other capacity builders who work with networks. I wrote a quick reflection on some of the techniques used to facilitate the meeting. These new collaborative initiatives pull together various players (often government, private sector and nonprofits) within an ecosystem, defined by issue and/or place, to coordinate and align their action to drive greater impact. Photo by Beth Kanter.

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Learning is the Work

Beth Kanter

Last month, I had the pleasure of participating in National eXtension Conference which was amazing for many reasons. I first did several professional sessions with this network back in 2007 and an online class on knowledge sharing and online collaboration – so it was great to long-time colleagues. The highlight was a master panel with Dave Gray, Harold Jarche, and Jane Hart on connected learning and culture change needed to embrace this type of learning.

What Nonprofits and Libraries Can Learn from Zappos Culture

Tech Soup Blog

The tour was organized by a group of library consultants from Kixal, Anneal, and Clarion Collaborative. When you walk into Zappos, the first thing you notice is the unique structure of the building. Reminiscent of a yearbook, the Culture Book gives staff a chance to reflect on their favorite parts of the company culture. Pajamas. Ping pong tables. Bean bag chairs.

Getting the Most out of your Social Learning Program


It is important to establish a clear direction as to what you want these new structures to accomplish. In order to get the most out of social learning, your employees must feel free to share professional stories and posts that directly reflect on their work and their industry segment. Assign work that can only be achieved in a collaborative setting. Getting the Most out of your Social Learning Program. Undoubtedly, you have heard it before.

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. Work collaboratively and creatively to pursue new sources of earned revenues—government funders, foundations, events, major donors, board of directors , and individual donors. Structure relationships that are mutually beneficial for all parties and will ultimately benefit the organization as a whole in the long term.

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Guest Post by Peter Deitz: Open Standards, Yes We Can!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In June, I hosted a discussion about Collaboration and Competition on Social Edge in which the topic of open standards for the nonprofit sector was raised. Sometimes collaborating in one area raises the bar of competition in another. Jo Davidson then replied: "I agree with you Peter, a single universal standard would be the best way to work collaboration into competition, setting everyone up on a level playing field to bloom and grow.".

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Print Access for All: Anna Reid in Chennai

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I received a copy of her reflections and asked if I could share it with more people. Reflections on an internship with in Chennai, India Made possible through support from the Amherst College Center for Community Engagement Anna Reid, religion major, class of 2010 Anna Reid with employees of Worth Trust, a South Indian organization that provides vocational training and employment for people with disabilities.

2012 NTC Round-Up: Your Takeaways


We wanted to round up all your posts and resources in one place, so you can continue to collaborate and learn from each other. Reflections from 12NTC Panel on Data Visualization , Beth Kanter. Reflections from NTC Plenary Panel on Innovation , Beth Kanter. Greenpeace Experiments With Technology Team Structure , Derek Lieu. Reflecting on the #12NTC Nonprofit Technology Conference , Lauren Girardin.

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