article thumbnail

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. While there is little consensus on a “single best practice”, three distinct models have emerged and are recognizable as the most prevalent. 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.

Model 21
article thumbnail

Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

There are a few core elements of the way communities work that we can learn from as a model for innovation as well. Community-Driven Model. Organizations, whether nonprofits, institutions, human services, or even ad hoc groups, can harness these elements of communities and use a community-driven model to design programs and services as well as create a platform for collaboration, and reposition themselves as the heart of the community.

Library 194
Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

article thumbnail

Technology for Whom? Owning Our Platforms

Non Profit Quarterly

Although many platform companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb have claimed credit for advancing a sharing economy—the preferred term for which is now solidarity economy —model, they don’t in fact fall under that category, because they seek to extract maximum profits from their operations.

Platform 112
article thumbnail

One Small Step for Detroit, One Giant Leap for Museum Ethics (Maybe)

Museum 2.0

Museum supporters and art lovers were up in arms about this proposal, arguing that these "cultural gems" are held in the public trust and should not be shed to pay off creditors. For large organs like the heart and lungs, there is a national body that governs all organ donation and distribution in the US. risk business models Over the past three years, the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) has served as the museum poster child for the debate on the public value of the arts.

Detroit 41
article thumbnail

How to Make Better Decisions Online

Non Profit Quarterly

Thousands of government institutions are already using digital participation platforms. They generally have several core functions that work well: collecting, reviewing, and revising ideas and proposals; voting on proposals; and reporting outcomes.

Profit 93
article thumbnail

Philanthropy Delivers New Promise of Quality Education for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Governments in developing countries are thinking seriously about how to provide quality secondary education, noted Gallucci and Roy, yet less known are which interventions are economical and will increase demand, access, and retention. Philanthropy plays a role beyond what governments could do—allowing for the testing of innovative models that are responsive to local cultural contexts—and then looks to government for scaling up successful efforts.

Education 142
article thumbnail

The Ultimate Guide to Accounting Software for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Although the most popular accounting software products- like QuickBooks and SAP- handle the needs of businesses in many industries, nonprofits have a unique business model and accounting standards and require different features and functionality from accounting software.

Software 198
article thumbnail

Where Are Your Donations Coming From?

Greater Giving

For many, that involves a combination of income sources that, together, make up their funding model. A funding model is defined as the methodical and institutionalized approach to bring in revenue to support an organization’s core programs and initiatives. Government Grants.

Giving 95
article thumbnail

Managing Director – Recurring Revenue in the USA or Canada

Cloud 4 Good

They will define strategy, go to market, product offerings, operating model definition, people management and, and service delivery. This person will work across the organization to drive sales proposals and ensure client success. Cloud for Good complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company operates.

article thumbnail

Forum One Staff Share OpenGov Ideas

Forum One

On January 21, 2009, the White House issued the Transparency and Open Government Memorandum. The memorandum instructed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide guidance to executive departments and agencies on implementing open government. The memorandum outlined the three pillars of open government thereby narrowing the discussion to transparency, participation, and collaboration. On a regular basis, the government should produce a report on submitted cases.

Share 43
article thumbnail

COVID-19 and the nonprofit response: Social enterprise?

ASU Lodestar Center

I propose a careful exploration of social enterprise strategies is a matter of relevance and survival for small nonprofits in low-income communities, as they cannot rely on their constituents for a high level of donations or otherwise support. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz.

Model 83
article thumbnail

3 Common Nonprofit Board Myths

NonProfit Hub

While understanding your governance structure and bylaws is crucial to even investigating how to remove or discipline board members, it is not an impossibility. We’ve all found ourselves in unwieldy committee meetings where no procedure model was in place.

Florida 66
article thumbnail

Data Warehouse Architect in the US or Canada

Cloud 4 Good

The Data Warehouse Architect will work to gather business and technical requirements and to develop solutions which could include: design and build of off-platform data warehouse systems, ETL and API-based integration support requirements, storage and data retention strategies, on-platform system support requirements, and data health and governance guidance.

Canada 40
article thumbnail

Grave Work

Non Profit Quarterly

Modelled on eugenicist theory, the software is used to capture people’s faces and compare the photos to existing databases, with the aim of identifying and locating people – often producing highly racist results.

Work 67
article thumbnail

How to Form and Use an Advisory Board for Your Nonprofit

Get Fully Funded

Unlike a Governing Board, often called a Board of Directors, an Advisory Board has no decision-making authority and does not issue directives or have fiduciary responsibility. Giving Advice The most obvious role for a nonprofit Advisory Board is to give advice to the Governing Board and staff.

Fund 74
article thumbnail

Breakthrough on Global Access at WIPO in Geneva!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Through negotiations, four competing proposals have been merged into a single document supported in June by the Latin Americans (led by Brazil), the U.S., In addition, the two national organizations of blind people both just passed formal resolutions in favor of the treaty proposal. If these proposed provisions took effect, it would be easier for communities of people with disabilities to build their own accessible collections inside their own countries.

article thumbnail

Best Practices for Securing Data in Humanitarian Crisis Situations

Saleforce Nonprofit

Step One: Understanding Your Use Case’s Purpose and Threat Model. Organizations should critically review proposed data collection and ensure that the intended benefits and impact justify the risks of data collection in the first place.

article thumbnail

The best of Nimble AMS in 2022

Nimble AMS

Why your association needs to adopt a data governance policy. How to plan an effective request for proposal (RFP) . How to successfully leverage flexible membership models for your association . Season’s greetings!

article thumbnail

Towards Global Access for the Print Disabled

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A Policy Update from an engineer, Jim Fruchterman of Benetech June 8, 2010 The international copyright negotiations in Geneva around a proposed Treaty for the Visually Impaired (“TVI”) have been steadily heating up. Counterproposals have been made, governments have been engaging with rights holders, consumers and NGOs (or not!) The Proposals A. Joint Recommendation Proposal (US-JR). Government delegation, as a next step possibility.

article thumbnail

Beyond the Idea Accelerator with Spencer Bolles: "Nonprofit InfoSec"

NTEN

We are proposing a new entity that would work iteratively over time to fulfill four main purposes: 1. Information security professionals working in the government and the private sector. We need collaboration with such organizations as TechSoup, NTEN, ISSA, SANS, State, and Federal Governments. We can consider a B Corporation model when there is sufficient momentum to sustain an entity and to promote this mission.

Ideas 62
article thumbnail

New on SSIR: Innovating at the Speed of Communities

Amy Sample Ward

Libraries, whether associated with a school, government, agency or geography, serve a community. Nonprofit organizations, local and federal governments, campaigners and even businesses are trying to innovate at the speed of communities. “Innovating at the speed of communities&# is a big goal, but something organizations and civic institutions can learn a lot from as a model. Communities As A Model.

Community 144
article thumbnail

4 steps to build a business case for new membership software

Nimble AMS

The business case presents your proposal for change. a TCO modeled over three to five years. the governance that’s going to control the project. You know it’s time for new association management software. Does your organization?

ROI 78
article thumbnail

[VIDEO] Building a Better Grants Strategy Post-COVID

Bloomerang

So there are some things like that that you might want to consider, especially if you’re maybe looking into government grants. So logic model, this is my tried and true. I love this logic model. Generally, not government funding, but that doesn’t mean.

Grant 97
article thumbnail

What we are called to do now

Museum 2.0

As much as we need to dismantle and analyze every existing institution in our society, we also need to create new systems, new models, and new institutions. The city of Seattle continues to propose an income tax that is, in my opinion, incredibly fair.

Museum 41
article thumbnail

Bookshare without Borders: #2/3

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Together with our partners in the nonprofit, technology, government, academic and publishing sectors, we participate in new cultural and technological movements, deriving new knowledge that we apply for social gain. In a recent blog post , Ed explains why growth markets are key to this proposed merger of two of the publishing world’s biggest players.

Spain 134
article thumbnail

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

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. Learn about new and proposed accounting and auditing standards and how they will impact not-for-profit entities and their auditors. 2016 Government and Not-for-Profit Conference.

Calendar 158
article thumbnail

Establishing a Grant Office at a Healthcare Organization

Connection Cafe

In this article, I’ll explore each of these five factors and provide you with two models for structuring a grant office. . Preparing proposals has become cumbersome or disjointed across the organization . Structure: Basic and Full-Service Grant Office Models . By the time you have a large multi-year award or you’re submitting more than four government applications per year, you should have more than a single-person grant office. .

Award 21
article thumbnail

Joe Solomon, Guest Post: What's the Right Offline Event for Your Organization's Online Community?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My thinking: Social media conversations and online campaigns create whole new models for bringing together & powering the progressive movement. And what real world event models can you learn from or partner with? We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Creating a space for socializing and networking is key for those "moments of serendipity" - and this model is great for those who are outgoing and excel at meeting new people.

Offline 75
article thumbnail

3 Ways to Kickstart Your Climate Action Plan

Saleforce Nonprofit

While discussions regarding government funding evolve, philanthropists and foundations continue to step up, pledging billions of dollars to tackle climate issues. You may need to rethink your business model, now that you have evaluated the emissions you produce.

Action 56
article thumbnail

Open Challenges Harness Local Knowledge for Local Change

Tech Soup Blog

In the last six years, Community Boost_r , ReStart Challenges , and Things Camp have used an open community challenge model. With these open models, one of the challenges was getting participants to clearly define problems that could be solved with technology. Challenge organizers reserved the right to send the proposals back and ask for further clarification of the problem.

Local 36
article thumbnail

Oregon Foundation looking for a Million Dollar Idea

Amy Sample Ward

Later in my career, I worked directly with MMT working closely with a dear friend, Marie Deatherage, focused on social media training and information for nonprofit organizations and developing Connec+ipedia , an open knowledge sharing site with information, data, people, and resources for foundations, nonprofits, government agencies, or anyone else working to better Oregon and beyond. We’ve set a goal to make MMT a national model of a regional foundation,” Stamm said.

Oregon 127
article thumbnail

How Lean Principles Guide Your Mission

Connection Cafe

Instead, she believes that social good organizations should emphasize lean principles and model their development after tech companies, and shares success stories of this from USAID and Harambee Youth Accelerator. On one hand, you know, nonprofits tend to plan within constraints, whether the constraint of their budget, their staff size, the duration and dollars involved in a grant proposal.

Model 21
article thumbnail

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

Connection Cafe

Unique staffing models are emerging. Leadership decisions for rules governing the intersectionality of mid-level are now common. Unique Staffing Models. Staffing models are becoming more hybrid and the position of Mid-Level Gift Officer — someone who can grease the joints between major gifts and direct marketing — has become standard. Four years ago, the only thing major gifts officers and direct marketing teams shared was the office bathroom.

Blended 25
article thumbnail

Games for Change Keynote: James Shelton, US Department of Education

Amy Sample Ward

They can’t build the schools and they can’t train the teachers fast enough to replicate our model. For example, we just closed an RFP to solicit proposals to build a game for kids k-3 to better understand STEM. When I leave I will write a book that is called the 100 Things We Do to Make Government Worse. That said, there are structures within government that can handle risk. There’s still going to be assessments but hopefully better models.

Education 121
article thumbnail

[VIDEO] Measure Of Success: Creating Tools And Process To Report Impact

Bloomerang

So look at the fact, are you creating and using an evidence-based program model? So, if your program has an evidence-based model, and I’m not just saying. Grant proposals.

Process 74
article thumbnail

Thoughts on the Social Collaboration Game from SHINE09

Amy Sample Ward

We also had some great role playing contributions from Jess Tyrrell of Germination (playing the “Council Leader&# ) and Cliff Prior of Untld (playing the “Civil Society Minister in a new Tory Government of 2010″). The game combines elements of the Social Media Game, local real-world issues (at SHINE we used local regeneration topics), and the idea development and pitching of the Social Innovation Camp model.

article thumbnail

[VIDEO] Get More Grants with Donor Cultivation

Bloomerang

Government grants, which include state and U.S. But what if you’re looking for some new foundations or you heard of a foundation you really want to get in touch with and it says, “We do not accept unsolicited proposals”? Margit Brazda Poirier, GPC, M.S.

Grant 88
article thumbnail

Busting the Overhead Myth: How can nonprofits convince stakeholders to invest in capacity building?

ASU Lodestar Center

Therefore, other factors such as program performance, governance structure, staff professionalism, fundraising efficiency, and other practices should be considered as part of the bigger picture. This is an outdated model that limits the impact and diversity of the work in the nonprofit sector. Do not submit a grant proposal that only covers a portion of the program; submit a proposal asking to cover all the expenses, including supplies and salary of the program director.

Arizona 42
article thumbnail

Re-framing Internet Strategy as a Dynamic, Learning Process

Forum One

To be clear, I am not sure Pietersen's proposal is that new — I have been saying something similar for some time — but that shouldn't stop one from finding value in it. The model consists of a four-step cycle: Learn: The act of reviewing the external environment in which the organization exists. " Align: Ensure the organizational management and governance practices are tuned to support the work to be done.

Process 41
article thumbnail

Saving the California Condor: A Collective Impact Story

ASU Lodestar Center

By this time, there was an official California Condor Recovery Program that included many groups: government agencies managing the program under the Endangered Species Act , environmental organizations, Native American groups, scientists, and zoos. Meanwhile, the condor’s habitat was improved due to work done by government agencies and environmental groups to protect ranging lands and enact laws against lead bullets. government, could single-handedly save the condor.