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.

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.”

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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.)

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

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!

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).

Engagement Strategies to Turn Nonprofit Board Members into Ambassadors for Your Cause

Connection Cafe

If your board is large, establish a governance committee to spearhead this initiative. Once vetted by the governance committee, the prospect should meet with other members and leaders and tour the facility with key staff.

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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. governance

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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The State of Community Management 2015


Culture That Works Featured From the Trenches Industry Insider Open CommunityThe 2015 State of Community Management Report is out!! You know I look forward to this research every year and I’m excited to see communities definitely maturing this year.

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.

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. Take control of culture. Culture matters.

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. 2018 Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit.

Are Businesses Ready for True Reinvention?


Where the industrial revolution created a culture of process and hierarchy, it also created a system of disseminated accountability. I spoke with one local organization who are currently going through a company-wide cultural change workshop because of financial reasons.

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. 13th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. 13th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium.

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. Culture That Works

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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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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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. A single company can apply different models to address individual areas that require governance.

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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. Homeland government plays a significant role. Depending on the home country, the government takes care of certain societal issues.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

She touched on some of the implications for staffing and governance. Networked Nonprofit Networks Organizational Culture Philanthropy

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

Connection Cafe

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.

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


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.

Three Roles of the Nonprofit CFO that Lead to Mission Success

Connection Cafe

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.

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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.

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

Connection Cafe

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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Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

2: Culture Change. The guide provides some good diagnostic questions as well as two excellent examples of how to understand organizational culture.

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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?

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

Connection Cafe

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.

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. posted by Herb Paine , President. Paine Consulting Services.

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."

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). Third-party payers such as foundations, government, and/or individual donors are necessary to subsidize services provided.

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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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Liberating Nonprofit Data for Greater Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. to shrink the role of government, non-profits may be expected to expand their programs as they step in to fill essential needs.

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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.

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. Nonprofit-Public Collaborations: Understanding Governance Dynamics.

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?