Increasing Organizational Buy-in When Building a Culture of Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

When the federal government changed the rules for grant management at the end of 2013, there was a little noticed change that occurred. Here are 7 practices for building an internal control structure that will increase buy-in and stand the test of time. And a culture that follows through with commitments is building a culture of integrity ready to support strong internal controls.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


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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. Just for the sake of clarity, I am calling this “institutional” cultural reverence.

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.)

Getting Tactical with the Open Government Directive


This week, I participated in the Open Government Workshop , which brought together a group of leaders across the federal government sector. The sessions are designed to develop tactical recommendations for federal agencies developing their open government plans, which are due to be published on April 7. My group focused on how we can foster leadership and reduce cultural barriers to speed the implementation of open government (pretty easy right?).

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).

Why (Almost) Every Nonprofit Should Be Using Google Ad Grants

Connection Cafe

Important note: Government agencies, hospitals, schools, and academic institutions are not eligible for Google for Nonprofits. Learn more about the Google Ad Grants program on our recently-updated Insider’s Guide to Google Ad Grants , including how to structure your Google Ads account and track your ads in Google Analytics. . . There are also some requirements for your account structure. How much would $10,000 a month in advertising change the game for your nonprofit?

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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. It also offers an interactive opportunity to discuss key forms and governing documents(Form 1023 and Forms 990 and 990-PF.). 13th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. 13th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. Governing well is one of the most profound ways to help our communities.

Silos Culture Inside the Walls of Nonprofits Prevent Effective Social Media Use

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Sam's story illustrates the pressing need for culture change within nonprofits or as colleague, Allison Fine , puts it "organizational silos prevent people from empowering their edge." . He suggests an "organizational gut check" about organizational culture. Flickr Photo by Eqqman.

Self Care in the Museum Workplace

Connection Cafe

Seema) In some museum work places, the culture of stress is tied to perceived effort, as you mention. Q: I work in a museum that has a [conservative religious] governing board. Each museum staff has its own culture born of the particular challenges of their own work. But as Seema says, wellness is contextual—fit-test these ideas to your culture before you wade in. Arts & Cultural Museums professional burnout self care

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How to Get Beyond B-Minus: The State of Nonprofit Boards Today


Structure yourself for success. If your board doesn’t already have a governance committee responsible for leading and managing board recruitment and performance, consider creating one. It reinforces how important those activities are, and creates pride of ownership and positive peer pressure within your board’s culture. governance If you were to assign a grade to the board on which you serve, what grade would you give it?

The State of Community Management 2015


By investing in community management resources the best-in-class communities can focus not just on the tactical aspects of community management but they can also in invest in the strategic planning, operational systems and governance structures that sustain and reinforce tactical engagement practices. Culture That Works Featured From the Trenches Industry Insider Open CommunityThe 2015 State of Community Management Report is out!!

The #FutureOfBusiness: Employees Will Rule


No longer will current organizational structures and processes survive in the current environment. 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. In order to truly leverage your most valuable resources, the culture must be one of inclusion.

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. That’s why I’m pulling together a ‘ Governing Digital Collaborative’ , a group of association leaders who are serious about developing better and deeper decision-making capabilities at board level. ”. Take control of culture. Culture matters.

New on SSIR: The Power of Vision, Review of “The Pollyanna Principles”

Amy Sample Ward

We have a huge opportunity before us to remodel our social benefit organization structure. How do we begin to change the cultural view of nonprofits in society/by the community so that the public, those who use the services or are otherwise affected by nonprofits’ work can have a stake in the responsibility to create organizations making real change and all of the community is shaping its future? Can we move to the Culture of Can?

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Are Businesses Ready for True Reinvention?


For the all the work that we are doing to communicate how marketers need to rethink practices in how they advertise, acquire and retain customers, what’s really at play is how the organization, at large, will eventually need to wake up and realize the very structures that have lasted for decades are inhibiting them and stifling their ability to effectively understand and pay attention to their customers. Culture is what you do.

Great reads from around the web on April 23rd

Amy Sample Ward

Report Release: The 2010 Nonprofit IT Staffing and Spending … – "Nearly 1,200 nonprofit professionals filled out the latest annual survey, sponsored by NTEN and The NonProfit Times, providing us with another year of benchmarks and data concerning: salaries, outsourcing, recruiting, organizational structure, and other aspects of Information Technology practices in the nonprofit sector.

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Is the Financial Services Industry Poised for Market Disruption?


The hierarchical structure still exists. And unlike the US and Canada where there is a greater fragmentation of payment services, banks, and merchant solutions, central governments that have more control of these systems have the ability to drive adoption faster. However, legacy systems, silos, archaic practices and a necessary move towards the focus on customer will require some major upheaval in operations, in process and in culture that will some time to fix. .

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

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In 2014, when Sea Change Strategies released The Missing Middle: Neglecting Mid-Level Donors Is Costing Non Profits Millions , we found a miles-wide tactical and cultural gap between direct marketers and major gifts officers that was leaving many mid-level programs in a lurch.

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

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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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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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Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today


Lambda Legal does not charge clients for legal representation or advocacy, and receives no government funding - it depends on contributions from supporters around the country. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund's mission is to change the face and voice of America's politics and achieve equality for LGBT Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT officials at all levels of government. The last few days have been equal parts terrifying, challenging, and complicated.

Three Roles of the Nonprofit CFO that Lead to Mission Success

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Three definable CFO roles took shape as I continued to be lost in deep holistic thought: the Builder, the Strategic Decision-Maker, and the organization’s Cultural Trendsetter. 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.

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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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Making #GivingTuesday Count: New Mexico State University’s Story

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An even loftier goal of ours was to establish a new vision and culture with 100% participation from all volunteer leadership boards and campus leadership, plus 100% participation from advancement staff in planning and personal giving. We partnered with local businesses, partnered with local government officials to proclaim December 1, 2015 #GivingTuesday at NMSU Day and celebrated these partnerships, our team and donors throughout the day.

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.

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! When you take on a job in a nonprofit, you’re normally doing a lot more than you signed for without a lot of structure. Is your organizational culture shifting?

Breakthrough on Global Access at WIPO in Geneva!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Answer: Many Americans want to access materials from other countries, both in English and many other languages, for education, employment and cultural reasons. UK, France, Spain) would have access to crucially important cultural, vocational and educational materials. Answer : The draft document is structured so that it can be put forward either as a recommendation or a draft treaty. Government support this effort?

Reflections from Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute: New Skills for a Complex World

Beth Kanter

She touched on some of the implications for staffing and governance. ” There are also governance implications with new expectations for transparency and new norms of accountability given the growing influence of rating intermediaries like Great Nonprofits and Charity Navigator. If you want to dig into more of this thinking, I suggest you get a copy of Lucy’s toolkits for nonprofit leaders. Networked Nonprofit Networks Organizational Culture Philanthropy

I’m going to Reboot Britain, are you?

Amy Sample Ward

How can we take advantage of the radically networked digital world we now live in to help revive our economy, rebuild our democratic structures and improve public services? Other sessions include: Innovation Live – Stan Stalnaker, Hub Culture. Conversing with local government at grassroots level- Hyperlocality and active citizenship. An economy deep in recession, ever increasing demands on our public services and trust in our political system at an all time low.

Nonprofit SXSW Goodness – Conference List Toppers, To-Dos and Topics of Interest

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It's a discussion of bike and pop culture and socializing the good with these Interweb tools” 10. Let them show you how to create an organic net-roots movement that upends traditional power structures and galvanizes your community.". Author: Jordan Viator.

How Can Member-Based Nonprofits Use Lean Innovation to Remain Relevant?

ASU Lodestar Center

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “nonprofit leaders must focus more attention on innovation, measuring the impact of their efforts, and creating funding structures that encourage risk taking, according to a report from Independent Sector."

The Story in the Numbers

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

On Financial Narratives and Financial Footnotes: The Truth Is in the Fine Print Guest Beneblog by Teresa Throckmorton, Benetech's CFO and VP, Finance In a previous blog post, we shared the Seven Benetech Truths : the core values that define our identity and culture, that guide our work, and that tell our story. Our financial story begins with Benetech’s forward thinking funders: our users, individuals, foundations, corporations, partners, and government agencies.

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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.

Executive management in hard times - Retrenchment, reflection, transition, recovery

ASU Lodestar Center

These dramatic changes in the marketplace have broad implications for organizational governance and for the viability of the conventional nonprofit business model. Some are gone because of failures of governance, others because of funding cutbacks they could not withstand, others for their inability to adapt to a highly competitive marketplace. Herb Paine is a business strategy consultant specializing in organization development, governance, turnaround management, and mergers.

Why Should Nonprofits Choose Abundance (and Breathe)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Marnie Webb has been thinking about how the nonprofit sector might be different if organizations believed in abundance and re-thought their organizational structures and how they delivered programs as a result. Flickr Photo by TheeErin. Is that a Zen graffiti artist?

Best Practices for Nonprofit Financial Health, Part Two: Smart Nonprofit Business Models


Revenue that supports mission and pays for the organization’s cost structure (as reliable and repeatable income). For example, we might say that “The organization’s business model is heavily reliant on government contracts” or “The organization’s business model includes facility-management expenses to generate rental income to subsidize program delivery.”. How do you determine if the nonprofit on whose board you sit is financially healthy?

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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.

Sustaining Innovation Book Discussion Part 1: What Does it Take Innovate Naturally and Frequently?

Museum 2.0

This is the first in a series of posts about Paul Light's book Sustaining Innovation: Creating Nonprofit and Government Organizations that Innovate Naturally. What differentiates innovation in non-profits and government agencies from that in businesses?

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. “ Companies that are afraid to commit to goals that lie outside the range of planning, ” Gary Hamel and C.K

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

ASU Lodestar Center

Strategies of collaboration necessary to increase nonprofit effectiveness include effective leadership, collaborative governance, and may require restructuring of budgets and fundraising strategies. Collaborative governance: Ensure that your organization establishes clear legal form or a specific body in charge to avoid major changes within your organization’s governance (Cornforth, 2014). Nonprofit-Public Collaborations: Understanding Governance Dynamics.

Another Inconvenient Truth: Organizational Dynamics and Their Impact on Open Gov/Open Data


It goes something like, " announcing new buses, new routes, and a new corporate culture based on responsibility." Like one could institute a new corporate culture the same way one can order a new vehicle. The fact is, changing a corporate culture is incredibly important and in most cases, also incredibly difficult. It is noble, but absurd, to act as if cultures can be turned off and on based on a single pronouncement.