How to Prepare For a Government Website Redesign

Forum One

Redesigning a government agency or department website is no small task. Here are the essential areas to focus on when taking on a government website redesign. Forum One works with local, state and federal government agencies.

Get Your Board on Board: Structuring Governance Based on Organizational and Lifecycle Needs

ASU Lodestar Center

In other words, the effectiveness of the charitable work ultimately falls to how the nonprofit is governed. The question then turns to this: how can nonprofits structure their governance based on their organizational and lifecycle needs? Challenging as it may seem, the payoff that comes from structuring governance according to organizational and lifecycle needs is well worth the time and effort. A contingency approach to nonprofit governance.


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What Nonprofits Can Learn About Content Structure… from Pearl Jam


You probably know at least some of their lyrics, but are you familiar with Pearl Jam's content structure? Pearl Jam have been posterboys for a lot of things, but probably not structured web content. government – but given the breadth of coverage (and budgets) available to those entities, making the move to fully structured content may seem daunting in the nonprofit context. Brett Meyer. Content Strategist. ThinkShout.

Internet Governance

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I attended the Internet governance panel this morning (lest you think that Davos is all play and no work). Jonathan Zittrain made a strong analogy that the Internet today is as structurally weak as AT&T's telephone network was back in the days when you could get free telephone calls using a Cap'n crunch toy whistle.

Government Access: Privacy Meets Resources


This gets interesting at the intersection of charitable or nonprofit support, and government sponsored support. This is how we solve the privacy issue: Across communities, clients seek support from a wide range of organizations; and in turn charitable, nonprofit, for profit and government organizations and agencies all provide a wide range of assistance to those in need. Complex statutes and policies govern privacy rights and the competing claims for the public''s health and safety.

Research Friday: Government contracting in the new normal

ASU Lodestar Center

Particularly in the last several years, in the wake of the financial crisis, organizations have struggled with a variety of challenges related to government support. In the United States, we rely on government to provide key economic supports. We expect the federal, state, and local governments to play a role in educating our children, helping communities rebuild after natural disasters, and improving our collective quality of life. consistent, structural challenges.

Getting Tactical with the Open Government Directive

Forum One

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 wrote a post after his interview with her about how structural poverty plays a big role in keeping people in low-access communities away from opportunities and how the costs of that poverty in communities can actually make it more expensive for positive change to work and projects like this one to succeed. With shrinking budgets, providing increased access to the Internet and training for computer literacy can be particularly challenging for libraries and public computing centers.

Research Friday: Government contracting part II: Adapting in an era of less

ASU Lodestar Center

Five years later, temporary stimulus funding has come and gone, replaced instead by ongoing cuts to government funding. Organizations reliant on government funding continue to experience a “death by a thousand cuts,” says NFF client Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. “In Increasingly, government-funded organizations are switching gears: from that of reaction, to adaptation, innovation, and action—whether on a small or large scale.

Does Your Org Need a Social Web Governance Strategy?


That's why your organization needs a " Social Web Governance Strategy ". How to synthesize the “conversation” of social media – and how to structure those conversations on the various tools like Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, etc. The changes sweeping the Middle East this month have re-ignited the debate over the power of social media in fomenting revolution.

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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 idea is that you specify your values, relationships, and assets, and then match those up with potentially fruitful legal structures, financing models, and growth potential.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


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. 15th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. 15th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. It's finally here!

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. The same way an internal controls structure without sufficient monitoring is wishful thinking, not reality, getting organizational buy-in without communicating consequences is expecting results with a key part missing.

Ask a Nonprofit Specialist: Legal protection of control within public charities

ASU Lodestar Center

Like other successful entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs have the will and skill set to get things done and the traditional public charity structure and requirements may seem like burdensome barriers to moving forward. Since public charities do not have owners, the accountable entity is its Board of Directors, which is vested with the legal and ethical responsibilities associated with this corporate structure. Alternative Structure. posted by.

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. Challenge your governance committee to craft a holistic board development program for your board, with thoughtful goals around recruitment, orientation and education, regular assessment, and board succession planning. governance

Open Government: A Recap of TransparencyCamp - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


60) Search « New Study: The Power of the Premium: Convincing Prospective Donors to Give | Main | 5 Quick Steps to Better SEO » Friday Mar 13 2009 Open Government: A Recap of TransparencyCamp Friday, March 13, 2009 at 12:32AM | by Tracy Viselli "We have brought the techies and the policy wonks together, and they arent that different." There are several ways anyone can join, continue and help grow the discussion centered around government transparency.

How to Deal With Difficult Board Members


Recognize that dealing with this challenge effectively requires the active support and participation of the board chair or governance committee chair — ideally to take the lead. Have a conversation with the board and governance committee chairs to see if they agree that this has become a problem situation. This meeting should include the board and/or governance committee chair. With this focus in mind, here is a 12-step strategy to follow to help structure the conversation.

26 Practices of High Performing Boards


Adhere to Structure. fundraising governance nonprofit boards We agree with fundraising guru Gail Perry: it’s not unusual for boards to get stuck in one way or another. When boards do get stuck, they often turn to Gail for help. This week we are delighted to have Gail guest blogging for us on what to do when your board is stuck. . Gail’s list of 26 practices every board should follow: 1. Recruiting New Members.

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. Tags: Uncategorized issues otherblogs administration book goals governance mission planning strategy vision I have a new post up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review and this is a special post because it’s actually a book review. Hildy Gottlieb, a colleague (but really growing into a friend) sent me a copy of her new book, The Pollyanna Principles.

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12 Ways to Liven Up Your Board Meetings – And Your Board


Look for ways to structure real discussions among board members that will elicit commitment and leadership. governance nonprofit Last month we turned to fundraising guru and guest blogger Gail Perry for advice on how to make your board members a little less BORED. Back by popular demand are more ideas from Gail on how to liven up your board meetings. . 12 Ways to Liven Up Your Board Meetings – And Your Board.

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.

Nonprofits, Have You Taken The Board Doctor’s Wellness Test?

Blue Fox

That is the thinking behind The Board Doctor's Wellness Test with 10 questions designed to provide a snapshot of how well a nonprofit board of directors is functioning in its governance role.

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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. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. It's finally here!

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Part two talks about understanding the challenges.Foundations take on the biggest and gnarliest social problems (if the problems could be easily solved, the private sector or governments would have already figured them out. Read More » Online Approaches for Inviting and Collecting Public Input Joe Pringle in Influence 4 Jun 2010 I was invited to present last week at the University of Marylands Human Computer Interaction Labs workshop on Government and Social Media.

We've Built The Tools You Need for 2018


Across the country, state and local governments make meaningful policy decisions that affect nearly every issue - from preventing gun violence, to protecting the environment, or safeguarding LGBTQ rights. Organizations need a structured and effective way of following their grants throughout the grant's lifecycle so they can easily manage this revenue stream and track these funds in the same place as major gifts and other sources of revenue.

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Where Are Your Donations Coming From?

Greater Giving

This creates a well-balanced funding structure that can withstand periods when contributions slow, whether it is due from an internal change, or an economic downturn. Government Grants. Federal, state, and local governments offer nonprofits funding through grant programs.

This is What Happens When You Truly Understand Your Members

Joy of Membership

For example: Framing what his members are inventing as an economic asset for county government; Building relationships with vendors who can be helpful and giving them enough exposure to be valuable, while protecting his member from being preyed upon by anyone who might be untrustworthy.

5 Reasons Your Board Should Switch to Google Drive

Nonprofit Tech for Good

While a board’s priority is always governance, its members may also be the organization’s best spokespeople, fundraisers, volunteers, and technical experts. Sample Google Drive Structure Available for Download.

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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.

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. Consider asking an attorney or non-governing sub-committee to oversee the board member’s work and contract.

Good Finds for Nonprofits: Engagement Communities

NonProfit Hub

The structure of a board and the board governance process, including monthly or quarterly meetings, amplifies the struggle. Engagement Communities are a practical, affordable, and highly engaging way to build a strong board dynamic, encourage engagement, and keep governance organized.

NPQ’s Prediction-Free Zone: Let’s Talk about What to Do

Non Profit Quarterly

If we want to see government and business act in ways that are accountable to a just and sustainable future, nonprofits and philanthropy must come to terms with the fact that justice begins at home, in the institutions they lead. CC0 Public Domain. Free for personal and commercial use.

Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions

3rd Sector Labs

Keep in mind, however, that all CRMs and donor databases are different – each has its own database structure, definitions of key terms, and attributes for handling certain data types. Decision 1: Must we have data governance policies before we migrate? Data governance represents ‘rules of the road’ for your donor database. That depends on your organization’s structure.

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How to Become a Nonprofit Leader

The Modern Nonprofit

The lack of structure can be challenging. in Public Administration (MPA) program for leadership skills that are applicable to public-facing roles within government and NGOs alike. Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes How to Become a Nonprofit Leader.

25 Ways Your Board May be Failing


For a great check list on evaluating your board, we reached out to Chicago governance pro, Tom Okarma, for this week’s guest blog. Poor alignment between goals and:resources, staffing, structure, budget, decision-making. Tolerating poor performance, lack of accountability, and weak governance on the board. board of directors governance nonprofit We love checklists and we know our readers do too!

The impact of COVID-19 on civil society, part two


And Forefront found that nonprofits would like to see continued work with the government to advocate for the sector’s needs as well as more communication from funders about opportunities.

Why You Need a Content Strategy

Forum One

With a structure that allows for consistent and unified messaging, a website can create a compelling, immersive experience. It’s not enough to build a new website—organizations need to create meaningful, cohesive, and sustainable content to attract and engage audiences.

Guest Post: Why it’s worth allowing volunteers to lead (even when it’s uncomfortable)

Twenty Hats

For the past 16 years, I have coordinated volunteer programs within local government. The new leader’s fresh approach included revamping the operational structure of the program, dividing, and sharing leadership responsibilities with two additional volunteers.

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.

NetCentric Advocacy: Network-Centric Trends for Campaign Planners: Teased from The Journal of Community Informatics

Network-Centric Advocacy

The paper is a bit more focused on governments and larger nation state anaylsis but it is very relevant to the current struggle of those that "get" the looming impact of network-centric advocacy on the political, issue and campaign work. To hang on to control in a net worked online world, governments are just going to have to learn to get into a new way of doing things. The authority of structure inherent in self-organization is that the network exists and nothing else.

What Nonprofits Need to Know About the New Overtime Ruling

Blue Fox

Take a look at each of your staff member’s compensation and overall staffing structure. So, let’s say you’ve evaluated your staffing structure and the ‘thing’ that has to give is simply paying your employees more to maintain the hours they work. Nonprofits, take note. This is important! This also applies to the for-profit social enterprises we serve too!) Nonprofits, take note. This is important!

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7 Tips for Successful Creative Agency Partnerships 

Media Cause

We promise not to read your annual report and offer our suggestions on your board governance practices!) If you’ve never ventured into the wonderful world of working with agency creative teams before, let me be the first to welcome you to our little slice of the industry.

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Is your organization ready to innovate? Three strategies for accelerating social innovation within nonprofits

ASU Lodestar Center

Create cycles of adaptation within the organization that enable staff to experiment with need ideas in a structured way. Partner with corporations, nonprofits, and government entities to facilitate external job swaps. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz.