Expert Advice for Improving Culture & Morale at Nonprofit Organizations

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And with private sector companies increasingly realizing the need to incorporate purpose into jobs and technology making it easier for individuals to make a difference on their own, it’s even more critical that nonprofits (and all social good organizations) prioritize improving culture and morale to remain competitive in the employment market. Read more on this topic: Creating the Right Culture at your Nonprofit.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


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. Within the wide-ranging program, structured by experience levels and topical areas, you can tailor a learning program specific to your interests. It's finally here!

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What Nonprofits and Libraries Can Learn from Zappos Culture

Tech Soup Blog

When you walk into Zappos, the first thing you notice is the unique structure of the building. In Hsieh’s book, “ Delivering Happiness ,” he writes about the 10 core values of Zappos culture, which include: Deliver WOW through service. Culture is highly valued at Zappos -- so much so that the company publishes a yearly Culture Book. I think a healthy work/life balance is important for staff wellness, however Zappos culture disagrees. Pajamas.

How Can Nonprofits Switch to a Data-Driven Culture?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve been reflecting on why some nonprofits do a better job of measurement and learning, while others do not. It comes down to organizational culture. The nonprofits that embrace measurement have a data-driven culture. The Evolutionary Stages of A Data-Driven Culture. There not is a reflection process for analyzing success or failure to take into next use or campaign. Changing a nonprofit culture isn’t as simple as.

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

ASU Lodestar Center

But, the forward-looking executive will recognize that the successful and sustainable organizations of the future will be those that are organized and positioned for adaptability and innovation in a marketplace of changing needs, attitudes, preferences, and points of access and that are willing to make structural adaptations to meet new realities. posted by Herb Paine , President. Paine Consulting Services.

What Nonprofits and Libraries Can Learn from Zappos Culture

Tech Soup Blog

When you walk into Zappos, the first thing you notice is the unique structure of the building. In Hsieh’s book, “ Delivering Happiness ,” he writes about the 10 core values of Zappos culture, which include: Deliver WOW through service. Culture is highly valued at Zappos -- so much so that the company publishes a yearly Culture Book. I think a healthy work/life balance is important for staff wellness, however Zappos culture disagrees. Pajamas.

Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for 300 People

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The morning had two segments, beginning with content and small group exercises on several themes from the Networked Nonprofit including culture change , transparency , and simplicity. Geoff Livingston did a great job at live blogging the first section in the morning. Some Reflections. That is one reason why I always incorporate a reflection at the end that helps participates identify one small action step. Colorado Project. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.

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

Connection Cafe

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. . . If the user feels lost, angry, or frustrated—that’s a reflection on your brand. . There are also some requirements for your account structure. How much would $10,000 a month in advertising change the game for your nonprofit? . No, really.

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E-Mediat: Reflections from the Conference in Fez, Morocco

Beth Kanter

It was also an opportunity for me to co-facilitate with in-country team, meet the NGOs and hear their stories first-hand, and learn a lot about modeling and adapting interactive training techniques for different cultures. This blog post is a summary of reflections about the instructional design and how NGOs in these countries are becoming Networked NGOs. Quiet Reflection: Socoot. Group Photo with Certificates.

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

Beth Kanter

” This post shares my notes from that session along with a reflection about my session and some resources. Here’s a couple of themes that come up from a few of these nonprofit CEOs: Looking at Aggregate Professional Networks of People in the Organization: I’ve been hearing Meg Garlinghouse of LinkedIn talk about “filling structural holes” in networks and shared a couple of those ideas. Networked Nonprofit Networks Organizational Culture Philanthropy

Blogher Reflections from others

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My argument here is that we need to pay attention to the network structures. I'm not interested in having separate networks; i'm interested in making certain that people understand the gender bias they build into the network and that it represents a diversity of perspectives, is flexible to deal with a diversity of social structures. Halley Suitt 's post about how gender differences affect conference environment/culture. Excellent summary posts.

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

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. Board meeting frequency: The frequency of board meetings iss at the discretion of each organization and reflects the organization’s needs and bylaws. Nonprofit Management ambassadors Arts & Cultural Arts & Culture board members board of directors engagement strategies nonprofit board nonprofit board of directors

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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. Reflection. Participants from a nonprofit work on their network map during the workshop.

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Join other data experts, academics, practitioners, and social sector leaders for two days of skillfully-led sessions on topics ranging from aligning practice with policy to creating a culture of data, and how Silicon Valley is facilitating data practices in civil society. 2018 Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit. 2018 Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit. It fuels the programs and movements that shape our culture across communities. It's finally here!

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


The Innovation Festival aligns a community of innovators and agitators, bringing to life the future of business and culture with a mix of playfulness and sophistication, captivating keynotes, hands-on workshops, and intimate site visits at the most dynamic studios, startups, and centers of creativity in New York City. We candidly share frontline experiences, reflect deeply on our impact and find the network and meaning we need to do transformational work.

Connected Futures Workshop: Reflection from NpTech Tag Community Field Trip

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week was the first week of our workshop as laboratory and Brownyn offered her meta reflections here and Sus Nyrop shared her thoughts here and Nancy White here. This was an excellent opportunity to reflect and look back of the last 3-4 years of community history, consider what's coming down the pike, and have a group of colleagues who pondering the question of how to integrate web2.0 The participants will write up some more formal reflections towards the end of this week.

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

Beth Kanter

The session was about transparency and conducting evaluations. One of the takeaways was that in order to pursue this type of learning, organizational culture was the key indicator to success. Peter’s post shares some ideas about cultivating a learning culture and while written for funders, these are applicable to nonprofits. These typically translate into leadership, passion and culture, and analytical capacity and systems.

The Fundraising Event Planning Checklist

Connection Cafe

Once you determine the purpose of your fundraiser, you can structure the event and outline your goals. The details of your event will reflect the characteristics, likes and dislikes of your target audience which, in turn, will increase attendance, engagement and return on your investment. Make sure your marketing efforts reflect the voice of the event and appeal to your invited guests. Ticket prices should reflect the style of the event and align with your target audience.

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

Beth Kanter

Ma’ayan Alexander said, “ The internet is very “likeable” today, it is much easier to chat and talk with people similar to us that we are “like them” We need to reach out to people who are different from us: think different, live in different places, hold other political and cultural values so we can know them and what they think.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

networks, training and capacity building approaches, and culture change. 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. reflection seek sense share three wordsMy Three Words for 2011 inspired by Harold Jarche's Networked Learning Model.

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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. They need organizations with a culture that can help them thrive guest post by Kari Dunn Saratovsky, Third Plateau. For decades, even centuries, our view of leadership has been defined by top-down, hierarchical structures. Guest Post Leadership Organizational Culture Training Design

Social Media Policy Best Practices: Trust Is Cheaper Than Control

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve been a little obsessed with using sticky notes in workshops as a reflection and visualizing tool for network and social media strategies. At a recent all-day workshop, I used them to help participants consolidate what the learned in the morning. Photographing them has been an excellent source of engaging micro-content for my Facebook Page and has prompted some excellent discussions and insights on the topic. Organizational Culture

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. The Cultural Trendsetter: Building Bridges Across the Organization. The Cultural Trendsetter: Establishes and nurtures mutually beneficial relationships.

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


LPLP is a subsidiary of the Romero Institute, a nonprofit public law and policy center focused on dismantling structural sources of injustice and creating positive solutions. Latino Victory Project is a movement that builds power in the Latino community so the voices and values of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward. The last few days have been equal parts terrifying, challenging, and complicated.

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.

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

Connection Cafe

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. Think of it as a starting point to inform future strategy for organizational structure rather than as a proposal that explicitly favors any of the models. Buy, Deploy, Maintain” decisions are autonomously made by individual Affiliates as a reflection of their independence, autonomy and self-sufficiency.

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How to Create a Highly Successful Major Gifts Program

Connection Cafe

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? . Without management support, gift officers will work with the most accessible donors and then move o n—the industry’s h igh turnover and low visit rate reflects this norm. . The Problem: .

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A Closer Look at Nonprofit Technology Benchmarks: Tech Adoption Levels


We have HIGHLY innovative staff who push our available technology structures to capacity. We note here, as in our report, that respondents to this survey don’t reflect the wider nonprofit sector but rather organizations who already have shown interest in improving their technology effectiveness by being part of the NTEN community or The NonProfit Times subscribers who opted to take this survey.)

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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Mind Mapping Options for Your Usages

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Its name changes according to professional cultures (it is called “mind map” at school, “topogram” for learning professionals or “heuristic diagram” for cognitive science specialists), but its structure remains the same and can be described as a “data tree”. Mind Map can also be considered as a method which literally consists in “mapping” your reflection on a theme.

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

Beth Kanter

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. I call it my “ To Do, To Done, Don’t Do, Reflection List.” I also use it as a reflection as the year progresses. I’ve continued to do conference keynotes, workshops and facilitate staff retreats about activating a culture of wellbeing.

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. We are being hurt by leadership that has fostered a totalitarian, oligarchic system, which is currently extinguishing our best efforts to be reflective and meaningful in what we do.

Nonprofit Technology Conference Session Hot Picks! #18NTC


As you read through them, you’ll notice how they all reflect important perspectives on culture… Full disclosure – I know the folks presenting these and therefore I pretty much guarantee their awesomeness. Your organization has a personality—a tone and style—that is reflected in how you present yourself and how people respond to you. We will also present case studies so you can see different examples of brand architecture structures in action.

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. It’s a story that reflects the turning points in our past, describes where we are at present, and indicates where we are positioned to go in the future.

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3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Resilience

Beth Kanter

I call it my “ To Do, To Done, Don’t Do, Reflection List.” ” I use it for planning and goal setting as well as to reflect along the way. Last year, I added another tool called the “ Year Compass, a free downloadable booklet that provides a set of structured reflection questions that help you look back and ahead. for my journal or my “ To Do, To Done, Don’t Do, Reflection List.” Flickr photo by Geoff Livingston.

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

Museum 2.0

One of the most promising models for doing so (and a potential way to structure the NAS report) is scenario-based planning. There was strong interest in the NAS report addressing the specific value and use of museums and libraries as part of the cultural, educational, and civic landscape of the U.S. I’d love to see someone fully imagine an institution that would be that third place, and then see how we could adjust museums and libraries to reflect those (or not).

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.

Staying Competitive in the Battle for Fundraising Talent

Connection Cafe

We wanted to understand and share how institutions of all sizes and structures create intentional and effective strategies. In many ways, the talent management strategy that engages staff and delivers results for the institution will reflect its unique culture. Staying competitive in the battle to attract and retain fundraising talent matters now more than ever. With the right people in the right positions, you’re better able to meet your fundraising goals.

Building Community: Who / How / Why

Museum 2.0

We had incredible success transforming our institution into a vibrant cultural center. In some ways, we do a good job engaging people who reflect our whole County. If we want to reflect the identities of our community, we’ve got to focus on changing that. We focus on people who are culturally curious, actively creative… but may not see a traditional arts institution as a place for them. culturally curious but maybe not inclined to walk into a museum.

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Six Steps Your Nonprofit Must Take Before Launching a Senior Hire

NonProfit Hub

Instead, consider this an opportunity to step back and evaluate goals, responsibilities, qualifications and team structure while also being thoughtful and deliberate about what you really need in the role. Who carries and strengthens your culture? Make sure you’re presenting a compelling role with a compensation package that reflects market realities.

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). Expenses that should not only reflect program and capacity (i.e., How do you determine if the nonprofit on whose board you sit is financially healthy? We’ve been discussing this very important topic in a 3 part series of guest blogs posts from the folks at the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF).

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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." Putnam reflects on his previous article “Bowling Alone: America Social Capitalism”. This internal evaluation led them to five areas where member-based organizations should re-think their structure and focus their attention.