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Three Roles of the Nonprofit CFO that Lead to Mission Success

Connection Cafe

Over the years, my experience in a variety of financial leadership roles has led me to the following hypothesis: nonprofit finance is critical to mission success. Given the integral connection between financial and organizational success, I wanted to dig deeper into the nonprofit CFO role. I wanted to look beyond the normal job description of the role to understand it on a more personal basis. The Cultural Trendsetter: Building Bridges Across the Organization.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


The 36th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute will feature nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance, and government discussing the latest tax, legislative and governance issues affecting nonprofit organizations. It's finally here!

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Does Associations’ Governance Lock them into its Own “Culture Of Reverence?”


The 162-page Freeh report about Penn State’s role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal cites one possible cause for what now seems like a coordinated cover-up by the university: “ a culture of reverence for the football program that is ingrained at all levels of the campus.” To a folklorist who has been a student of culture all her life, like me, a “culture or reverence” sounds great in principle.

Notes on Structure Lab: Legal and Financial Models for Social Entrepeneurship

Museum 2.0

Last week, I attended Structure Lab , a half-day workshop on legal and financial structures for ventures for social good. The Structure Lab is set up as a "game" in which you explore cards in various categories (values, assets, financing, etc.)

Government, Community, and Corporate Partnerships to Expand Broadband Access

Tech Soup Blog

Elliot spoke with Alice Loy at the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship , one of a group of recipients of grant funding from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Project (BTOP).

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


It also offers an interactive opportunity to discuss key forms and governing documents(Form 1023 and Forms 990 and 990-PF.). 14th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. 14th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. Governing well is one of the most profound ways to help our communities. 2018 Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit. 2018 Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit. It fuels the programs and movements that shape our culture across communities.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


We gather more than 800 board members, chief executives, staff, and nonprofit professionals for two days to discuss the newest thinking and best practices in nonprofit governance. CIOs, CEOs, technology professionals, and other professionals with roles or interest in digital and mobile solutions can all find the education, solutions, and connections they’re looking for. 13th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. 13th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium.

The #FutureOfBusiness: Employees Will Rule


No longer will current organizational structures and processes survive in the current environment. The inherent role changes at the individual contributor level. Government is now developing more small business programs to encourage American job seekers to choose an alternative career path; 27% of Millennials are already entrepreneurs. Building a Culture of Inclusion. To do this, the biggest change is to culture. This once hierarchical structure will collapse.

Change Happens. Are you ready?


Social media and changing demographics mean that many associations are asking deep, existential questions about their role in the world. 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. By structuring each decision, we can identify missing information, engage stakeholders and make better, quicker decisions.”.

Why Individual Giving Strategies Often Don’t Work for Communities of Color

Connection Cafe

If we are going to engage communities of color in fundraising , either as donors or as fundraisers, we have to understand cultural context. The unfamiliarity of the nonprofit structure affects all sorts of stuff, from board engagement to hiring, and it often makes giv- ing to a nonprofit a bizarre idea. Homeland government plays a significant role. Depending on the home country, the government takes care of certain societal issues.

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The Frogloop Interview: Sheeraz Haji - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


Haji initially stayed on, as Convios president, but stepped down from that role last month, although he remains a member of Convios board of directors. For example, in France, the government plays a much bigger role in education and healthcare.

3 Federated Models for Larger Nonprpfits (and How Each Model Impacts Decision Making)

Connection Cafe

As a nonprofit organization grows to include dozens, sometimes hundreds, of local offices, the leaders have to wrestle with the best way to govern, organize and manage greater complexity. For an organization assessing its own structure, this blog is intended to provide a simplified basis for self-comparison against each of the three models. They are the prevalent forms for organizing governance across many facets of organizational decision making.

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All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

Connection Cafe

The field is evolving at a rapid pace, creating a lot of opportunity for creativity in structuring the market. From governments working with nonprofits, to corporations working with social entrepreneurs, industries are coming together to push the field forward. Our friend at Hewlett Foundation ( @Hewlett_Found ), Margot Fahnestock, pointed out the cultural difficulties with setting up an effective women’s reproductive health system in Zambia.

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


12th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. 12th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. We have gathered an outstanding group of field experts to teach how to build and sustain this kind of governance. Governance / @usdsoles. Governance. 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.

No longer in extremis.

Museum 2.0

I cannot identify a single strategy-level decision maker with visitor-centered expertise and enough cultural competency to develop and apply successful, proven methodologies in-house, let alone share with other institutions nationwide and beyond. I immediately wrote a detailed letter to leadership describing how the pairing fell into critical cultural sensitivity and interpretive errors that any museum educator would identify, including the dangers this presented for our communities.

Human Motivation: The Forgotten Element in Our Theories and Practices


Relationships : in creating a motivating and empowering work environment and culture, organizations must go beyond considerations of efficient processes to consider the importance of relationships in human motivation. Siloed structure and culture. Incentives & rewards value efficiency; performance of assigned tasks and management of processes. Staff roles limited by silos; staff responsibilities are limited to one point in the product cycle (e.g.

How Can Nonprofits Retain High-Performing Staff?

ASU Lodestar Center

Coleman Selden and Sowa state in ' Human Service Organizations Management Leadership & Governance' that studies examining turnover show that effective HR practices, from recruitment and onboarding practices to performance management and evaluation practices, all impact retention. Schoshinski encourages emphasizing total compensation packages to prospective employees, especially benefits, organizational culture programs and work/life balance.

Seeds for a Future Part 2: Understanding communities and traditions

ASU Lodestar Center

When starting a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in a community other than your own, it is important to recognize that there are cultural barriers (try to call these "opportunities") to consider. Men, women and young adults live within age and gender roles that are deeply ingrained into their communities and ways of life, which can affect your operations. More importantly, the program structures were not conditioned by approval of the male elders.

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

ASU Lodestar Center

Collaboration played an important role in service delivery amongst the two state departments and aided in increasing the number of children who received behavioral health treatment. Strategies of collaboration necessary to increase nonprofit effectiveness include effective leadership, collaborative governance, and may require restructuring of budgets and fundraising strategies. Nonprofit-Public Collaborations: Understanding Governance Dynamics.

Rethinking corporate social responsibility

ASU Lodestar Center

Likewise, for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, similar challenges exist because of the impact of new technologies and alternative forms of entertainment on audience tastes and behavior. It is because of this altering landscape and the inherent threats to nonprofit viability that I believe that there is an urgent need to rethink the nonprofit business model and our structural arrangements for philanthropy and governance. posted by Herb Paine , President.

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Advocacy Policy, Part Two - And Why Now is an Especially Good Time to Create One

Museum 2.0

It was especially valuable to have activists, retired government employees, and social service leaders on the team; they brought helpful perspectives on what advocacy means beyond a cultural context. We wanted enough of a process to provide clarity and structure without too many hoops. The result is a broad policy that empowers our whole team to think about our roles as advocates for our community in the work we do.

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. Here in Santa Cruz, my museum has embarked on a major project to redevelop the plaza outside our doors into a vibrant, cultural hub for downtown, and we are trying to make the development process as open and useful as possible.

A Billion + Change = Shared Value for Corporations and Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Several of the heavy-hitters from corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits were there: Capital One, HP, The Case Foundation, The Corporation for National and Community Service, and Points of Light Institute, to name a few. In my role at Good360 , I grapple with the significant and diverse needs of thousands of charities who struggle to survive in a challenging economic environment. Flickr Photo by kayaker1204. Guest post by Cindy Hallberlin.

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Liberating Nonprofit Data for Greater Impact

Beth Kanter

Information found in Form 990s, like other important data collected by governments, could potentially be far more useful if it were not only public but ‘open’ data. Government and philanthropy leaders talk today about this groundbreaking research, and you can tweet @AspenInstitute to join the conversation. to shrink the role of government, non-profits may be expected to expand their programs as they step in to fill essential needs.

Working with nonprofits, on both sides of the fence

Beaconfire Wire

Whether they previously worked in government or the corporate world, or stumbled into a nonprofit right out of college, everyone I talked to said that doing good was a big reason they came to the sector, and a big reason they stayed. I had expected that longer hours would also be part of the nonprofit experience, but in my colleagues’ experience, that’s not always true, and depends more on the culture of the organization and your position in it. Working Culture.

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Answers to the Ten Questions I am Most Often Asked

Museum 2.0

I've seen this line of questioning almost completely disappear in the past two years due to many research studies and reports on the value and rise of participation, but in 2006-7, social media and participatory culture was still seen as nascent (and possibly a passing fad). culture.

Some Reflections About Civil Society 2.0 and Why I’m Not On A Plane To Tunisia Right Now

Beth Kanter

They are accustomed to thinking that a government controls its citizens — that a film or documentary cannot be produced without government approval. For decades, this has been the reality of their lives, and they strongly believe that the Western world and its citizens have a similarly controlling relationship between individuals and government.”

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

Beth Kanter

The article explains how these values impact and drive governance, trust, transparency, and affiliation in the social sector. Companies should be especially careful about building engagement platforms without developing engagement cultures, a recipe for failure.). Those capable of channeling the power of the crowd must turn their energies to something more fundamental: redesigning society’s systems and structures to meaningfully include and empower more people.

Buzz Director: help me write a job description

Rebooting Charity

I thought it was about time to re-visit the role of the “buzz director&# - flesh out the role I first floated last October. Oh, by the way… when you do come to recruit for this role, consider putting the word out like this !

Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

Beth Kanter

There is minimal structure or roles and as a living organism, the structure changes. Governance: Who decides what the network will do, how do they decide? Operating Principles: What rules will guide the network’s culture? Almost five years ago to the day, I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation.

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Answers to the Ten Questions I Am Most Commonly Asked

Museum 2.0

I''ve seen this line of questioning almost completely disappear in the past two years due to many research studies and reports on the value and rise of participation, but in 2006-7, social media and participatory culture was still seen as nascent (and possibly a passing fad). I honestly think the only kind of cultural institution that cannot support audience participation is one in which staff members don''t respect visitors or what they have to contribute. culture.

Live Blogging: 09NTC Mapping Your Social Media Strategy

Amy Sample Ward

Themes that people want to learn: new metrics structures can bubble up. Livingston - HHS, wanted evaluation of pandemic flu conversation online, point was to understand what they were saying about the government and so on to really know what to address as an organization to that community. i have changed my role a bit so that i serve as a consultant internally to get people started.

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Re-framing Internet Strategy as a Dynamic, Learning Process


" Align: Ensure the organizational management and governance practices are tuned to support the work to be done. Organizations must align the management and governance of their internet operations to ensure staff have the right roles, skillls, incentives, structures, and cultural directions to move the strategy forward. Notice that the alignment with management and governance again comes into play.

The Frogloop Interview: Sheeraz Haji - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


Haji initially stayed on, as Convios president, but stepped down from that role last month, although he remains a member of Convios board of directors. For example, in France, the government plays a much bigger role in education and healthcare.

Becoming Generous Thieves: Notes from the Museums in Conversation Keynote

Museum 2.0

Greed, because creative greediness motivates us to hunt down and steal the best design techniques the world has to offer, and generosity, because giving those great ideas and applications away is the only way to change the larger cultural landscape. This isn’t just a change in youth culture.

Guest Post: Dilenschneider on Workplace Core Values

Eric Jacobson

Wouldn''t that give American industry, or the industry of any culture, an important leg up? In an article titled "Where Lying Was Business as Usual," Business Week reviewed a book on the Wedtech Scandal, a Washington scandal of the late eighties in which a few government officials fed fat contracts to a dubious supplier. Ask a Japanese CEO to define his primary job, and he''s likely to tell you that his role is to "harmonize" values.

Jon Husband, Guest Post: The New Realities of Engagement – Stories That Drive Action Planning and Implementation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Summary: Followed by a more detailed explanation. Situation : We are living in a time of a major shift in culture. an active speaker in Canada and internationally about the Web’s impact on the structure and dynamics of organizations and their changing role(s) in society.

Notes from the Future: Reflections on the IMLS Meeting on Museums and Libraries in the 21st Century

Museum 2.0

The goal, from IMLS’s standpoint, is for NAS to create a report that can address the fundamental issues facing museums and libraries in the 21st century, with an intended audience of industry professionals, trustees, funding sources, and government representatives.

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Steve Bridger

and those Structural adjustment plans had very harsh yet actually superficial theoretical ways of wanting to solve this – and never did) And unfortunately $1.50 I wasn’t really conscious of the role it plays in my days, but tuning out into my own little world is most definitely part of mental health for me. (As There’s a lot in here that applies to the government [.]