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

Connection Cafe

Here are 7 practices for building an internal control structure that will increase buy-in and stand the test of time. One simple way to make sure everyone is clear about what is expected of them is to ask questions.

Crafting Your Culture


—————— Building organizational culture involves magic and artistry. But you create a culture by doing and saying, and you can choose to be deliberate and thoughtful about what you do and say. How do you create the organizational culture you want?

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Women of Color Leading Essential, Activist Work in Cultural Institutions

Museum 2.0

Each of these women push the boundaries of cultural institutions in different ways, with digital and physical manifestations. She writes about race, history, parks, culture, and politics. And in looking around the room, I realized that it was only a question for me.

Creating a Culture of Continuous Learning


Then when it comes down to writing up a formal policy, take the following practical continuous learning foundations into consideration: An Open Environment – Establish to your employees early on that it is ok to ask questions when something is not understood.

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.)

How Can Nonprofits Switch to a Data-Driven Culture?

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It comes down to organizational culture. The nonprofits that embrace measurement have a data-driven culture. The Evolutionary Stages of A Data-Driven Culture. Making sure each department can access its data to answer their questions.&#. Example of A/B Testing Results.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Transformative keynote speakers, compelling educational sessions and unbeatable networking opportunities will leave you awash in experiences to inspire and strengthen the philanthropic culture of your YMCA. We know you've got questions. It's finally here!

Answers to the Ten Questions I am Most Often Asked

Museum 2.0

This post shares some of the most interesting questions I've heard throughout these experiences. Feel free to add your own questions and answers in the comments! BROAD QUESTIONS ABOUT AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION 1. culture. QUESTIONS ABOUT RESISTANCE TO CHANGE 5.

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

Museum 2.0

This post shares some of the most interesting questions I''ve heard throughout these experiences. Feel free to add your own questions and answers in the comments! BROAD QUESTIONS ABOUT AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION 1. culture. QUESTIONS ABOUT RESISTANCE TO CHANGE 5.

8 Secrets To Writing a Great Nonprofit RPF With Ease [Free Template]

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Creating a Request for Proposals can be labor-intensive, time consuming, and stressful, but it's a lot easier when you're not starting from scratch - so we've put together a template that you can fill out as you go, which already contains the structure, sections, and language you'll need.

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

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Plan for the meeting to last around 30 minutes and include a review of the organization’s history, mission, and board structure/requirements on the agenda. During this meeting, the candidate should be comfortable asking questions and engaging in an informal discussion.

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How to Know When to Dissolve Your Organization

NonProfit Hub

Here are some questions you should ask yourself if you think your organization might be in a pinch. This is less likely with larger, structural problems, but if you’re a niche organization with a highly specific mission, it’s completely possible. Culture Featured Nonprofit Management

Guest Post by Lina Srivastava: Building Cultural Engagement for Change Through Media and Narrative

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The same constructs which were discussed around combating issue fatigue can be used in creating a cultural movement around an issue. Creating a sustainable engagement platform within your existing structure takes time, creativity and dedication. that effective cultural movements move.

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Self Care in the Museum Workplace

Connection Cafe

In today’s post, Seema and Elizabeth answer some of the questions during the webinar, and share suggestions contributed by participants. Note, some questions have been edited in the interests of privacy.]. Questions. And a similar question) I often feel that if I’m not stressed, I’m not trying/working hard enough. Seema) In some museum work places, the culture of stress is tied to perceived effort, as you mention. Seema) This is a great question, and a hard one.

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The #FutureOfBusiness: Employees Will Rule


No longer will current organizational structures and processes survive in the current environment. When asked the same question, respondents from countries representing Poland, Belgium, France, Canada, Australia, etc. Building a Culture of Inclusion.

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The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


Don’t forget - despite the structured, sometimes mechanical feel a fundraising plan can have, storytelling does have a place in the planning process. For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them.

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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. By structuring each decision, we can identify missing information, engage stakeholders and make better, quicker decisions.”. Take control of culture.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


You will hear talks filled with deep scientific and psychological insights, the latest communication strategies and have countless opportunities to ask questions and learn from one another. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Structuring Major Gifts Conference.

Learning is the Work

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We used Dave Gray’s “ Board Thing ” online tool to crowdsource questions to discuss from the audience. Dave Gray : Dave Gray is a guru on the topics of design, innovation, culture and change. Teaching the new is not structured because it is social learning.

Social Media Policy Best Practices: Trust Is Cheaper Than Control

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It’s the all about organizational culture as well as the depth of senior leadership’s understanding and knowledge of social media. There is also the Social Media Policy Tool that allows you to answer a couple of questions and it spits out some boiler plate to get you started.

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Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Conference: What have you learned, Dorothy?

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With that in mind, I wanted to set out six queries that might help foundations orient, anchor, and structure their learning, and better use its fruits. These typically translate into leadership, passion and culture, and analytical capacity and systems.

All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

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The field is evolving at a rapid pace, creating a lot of opportunity for creativity in structuring the market. Cultural traditions are preventing them from using the same methods in nearby countries. The question is can we crack the code for impact investments?

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

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Networked Nonprofit Networks Organizational Culture Philanthropy

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Humanizing your organization creates amazing results. This is how.


“The new brand deserved intentional work on our culture, so that we would develop an authentic relationship with our industry and mimic that authenticity in our relationship with our employees.” “behavioral change alone is not enough to shift cultural imperatives.”

15 conversation starters for rebooting charity

Steve Bridger

I wanted to frame some of what I will talk about by asking a few open questions. How comfortable is your culture with stopping trying to get all its ducks in a row and embracing the messiness of the social web – and does this matter to you? But charities are still structured for ‘transactions’ rather than for participation – yet less than 1 per cent of time online is spent transacting.

Building Tech Capacity with Pro Bono Volunteers

Connection Cafe

It is critical you ensure a good cultural and skill fit, as well as establish trust in the volunteer’s experience and recommendations. Structure the Engagement – Once you’ve found the right volunteer, structure the engagement as a professional consulting experience. As a best practice, treat this project as one of your own strategic objectives to ensure you carve out time to thoroughly review documentation and address any questions the volunteer brings forward.

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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.

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Report Release: The 2011 Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Survey Report


NTEN's annual research on nonprofit technology spending and practices sheds light on these questions, and many more. > benchmarks Budget Change Management IT staffing Leadership nonprofit technology nptech nten Organizational Culture research staffing Staffing tech staffing IT Staff

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!

Why Healthcare Nonprofits Need Analytics-Driven Fundraising

Connection Cafe

My clients have used analytics to answer questions like: Does the current organization staffing structure support our actual capacity to raise money? Pacesetting grateful patient programs have the advantage of foresight, balanced by a culture of nimbleness and flexibility.

How to Approach a Nonprofit Job Interview with a For-Profit Attitude (and Résumé)


It might be a good idea to start by answering an important question: why do professionals move from the private sector to jobs at nonprofits? 20 Popular Nonprofit Interview Questions from Hiring Managers. This guest post originally appeared on Idealist Careers blog.

Diversifying Fundraising Programs: A Q&A with the CEO of Emancipet

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She answered a few questions for us about their success with alternative funding and the journey they went on to create a diversified program. What were the unique factors of Emancipet’s structure that led to that decision? How has it affected the culture of the organization?

Breakthrough on Global Access at WIPO in Geneva!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Here are some questions and answers I've prepared on this topic, based on my recent trip to Geneva to attend the first week of discussions on the issue. Question: What are the two key points of the document? Question: Why is this a good idea? Question: How would this help Americans with print disabilities? Answer: Many Americans want to access materials from other countries, both in English and many other languages, for education, employment and cultural reasons.

Museum Work

Museum 2.0

The whole issue of wages gets at the heart of the faulty systems of capitalism, the culture of women’s work, and museums as privilege-concentrating institutions. They had the committee decision-making structures from universities and the collections-authority systems of libraries.

Community Management Continues to Mature [REPORT]


these three kinds of community structures often coexist around a single organization or company. - the complexity of distributed and decentralized relationships with customers collide with corporate cultures (this is exactly what Humanize is about!). Any questions about it?

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How Can Nonprofit Organizations Build High-Performing Employees?

ASU Lodestar Center

To create a strategy, organizations should ask themselves goal-oriented questions, including: Positions needed to be filled. Create a culture that retains employees. Structure jobs for success. posted by.

How to Create a Highly Successful Major Gifts Program

Connection Cafe

No matter where you’re working in the advancement office, you’re probably addressing this central question in some small way every time you come to work. Given the demands they’re under, m ajor giving leaders face a very challenging intellectual problem: how do you foster a results-oriented culture at your institution without the stock options, bonuses, or commissions that drive for-profit performers? . Maintaining this structure is a management priority. .

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5 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Personal Resilience

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1) Review the Year: I use tool called the “ Year Compass, a free downloadable booklet that provides a set of structured reflection questions that help you look back and ahead. Rituals are intentional small, tangible acts done routinely and carry meaning.

Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building

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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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Meditations on Relevance, Part 1: Overview

Museum 2.0

But what does it mean for a cultural institution to be relevant? In pop culture contexts, relevance is about currency. How do we build relevance in cultural institutions? We need to think about the structure of how our institutions function--from hours of operation to explicit and implicit rules of use--to make our work relevant to the patterns of contemporary life. "We want our museum to be relevant." I've heard (and said) this many times.

Realignment #1: From Inside-Out, Tactical Thinking to Outside-In, Inventive Thinking


Because mental habits become so embedded in an organization’s culture that we come to consider them as the face of “normalcy” – the irrefutable way associations do things.”. Underlying Assumptions to Question. “It Suppose your organization is experiencing attrition.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


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.

Encouraging Innovation: Walking the Talk


——————– We often claim our nonprofits encourage a culture of creativity and innovation. If you genuinely want a culture of creativity and innovation at your organization, and you probably should, then you actually need to reward creativity and encourage innovation. Actively encourage new thinking, speak up about your expectations, and implement a new process of asking questions.