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

Connection Cafe

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.

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Establishing a Grant Office at a Healthcare Organization

Connection Cafe

How your grant office should be structured. 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 .

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Enhancing Your Major Gift Fundraising Strategy with Analytics

Connection Cafe

As a fundraising analytics consultant, I see a variety of development program structures and fundraising strategies.

Foundations and Nonprofits: What Does it Mean to “Speak the Same Language”?

Connection Cafe

If you give us a logic model or a theory of change format, we work hard to not only embrace your words but to put them in the right rows and columns. At bbcon 2015, some of the top minds in the nonprofit industry came together to present Big Idea sessions.

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

Connection Cafe

And there is more structure to ease any cultural or tactical friction that might arise between the departments. Unique staffing models are emerging. Unique Staffing Models.

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Grassroots Campaigning: How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support

Connection Cafe

ACS CAN is a major proponent of the Direct Action Organizing model created by the brilliant grassroots campaigning organizers at the Midwest Academy. One benefit of this model is that we start our campaign planning by bringing together key players from every relevant department.

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.

Book Review: The Nonprofit Business Plan

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” His model moved to real time planning, although there is some tension between having a strategy and strategic plan. ”But something was missing, strategic plans were not enough, especially with so many broken nonprofit models.

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Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

How is it structured? But, many of the others were eager to think through the challenges of adapting this model to their organization, and how it might work well.

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3 Important Questions You Should Consider Before Getting Your 1St Home Loan

FI Space

A lot of people relate to just office complexes or perhaps factories/ industrial models. Health care facilities, retail structures, and even warehouse are all illustrations of this. Shop around because the original proposal could not become a great deal for you.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Learn about new and proposed accounting and auditing standards and how they will impact not-for-profit entities and their auditors. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Structuring Major Gifts Conference.

How do funders help established organizations develop a network mindset?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Monitor Group senior consultant Heather Grant McLeod made the fascinating point that many of these established organizations began life as networks but adopted centralized organizational structures to bend to their funders or funding model. Guest post by Adene Sacks.

You’re Never Going to Sell Content Strategy

SocialFish

It became part of the project plan, not the proposal. It’s the content audits, content modeling, content production, creating content structure, creating the right content for the right people at the right time, setting and measuring progress toward goals, and the like. Since I’ve been an independent strategist, I’ve talked to many digital agency executives about what I’m doing as part of a conversation about how we might work together.

Women of Color Leading Essential, Activist Work in Cultural Institutions

Museum 2.0

Monica is a museum pioneer in two ways: she is using the museum medium to tackle tough social issues, and she is inventing new models for urgent, responsive, relevant programming. Since we're "telling the story of America through structures," how in the world do we tell this one?

The FCC and Accessibility

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Here are my comments on the big picture and a couple of their proposals. We have a model for this kind of change: TTYs (text telephones) and relay services though the telephone. Specific comments on the proposed Clearinghouse. Specific comments on the proposed Chairman’s Awards. The bigger question is about how to structure the second phase.

Tell the Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness Program How You Think They Should Do Their Work!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What we’ve found has been really positive—for the most part, our work has been making a difference, and our existing program structure has served our Programs and grantees well. Photo by Leff.

You’re Never Going to Sell Content Strategy

SocialFish

It became part of the project plan, not the proposal. It’s the content audits, content modeling, content production, creating content structure, creating the right content for the right people at the right time, setting and measuring progress toward goals, and the like.

Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There is minimal structure or roles and as a living organism, the structure changes. Resources: What is the network’s funding model?

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Tips to Prepare for Effective Grant Seeking

ASU Lodestar Center

There is a saying among fundraising professionals that proposal writing is both an art and a science. The science aspect refers to the comprehension of the technical structure upon which those words are arranged” (Blanchard & Bullock, 2010). Grant seekers must find ways for their proposals to stand out among the rest. It is not always enough for an organization to write an amazing grant proposal.

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PdF10: Rethinking Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

In their presentation, they talked about an old-school, but still widely held organizational structure at nonprofits, that includes silos, processes, and people all working toward trying to solve a common problem or reach a common goal.

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.

So You Want to Be a Consultant? Part II

Robert Weiner

Pricing structures. As partners, as a collective, without creating toxic/un-needed structure? Different price structures are ok for different projects. Models: Create a capped-rate, a retainer + hourly for tech support, project-based. During the dialogue for proposal and contract, there is a real opportunity to observe each other, so time spent can have an effect on the relationship.

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. That said, there are structures within government that can handle risk. There’s still going to be assessments but hopefully better models.

Sustaining Innovation Book Discussion Part 1: What Does it Take Innovate Naturally and Frequently?

Museum 2.0

Because the focus of the book is on organizational structure and not on specific acts or events, Light spends almost no time describing each organization or its particular innovations.

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Inside the Design of an Amazing Museum Project to Capture People's Stories

Museum 2.0

The proposal to Metlife was all video. We came up with a system that was much more structured and is based on audio, not video. Recently, we''ve been talking at our museum about techniques for capturing compelling audio/video content with visitors.

How can leadership development strategies improve retention in nonprofits?

ASU Lodestar Center

Organizations can start small, perhaps focusing on a few emerging leaders, and build structured leadership development systems over time. Participating in drafting portions of grant proposals. posted by Eric Spicer Sr. Director of Development, ASU Health Initiatives.

Crowdsourcing: Measuring the Impact of the Crowd in Funding and Doing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There are four different models of crowdsourcing activities: wisdom, creation, voting, and funding. There’s isn’t one best way to do it – and many organizations use a combination of these models to meet their objectives. Crowdsourcing 101. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.

Reflections on MuseumNext and Facilitating Brainstorming

Museum 2.0

I was very interested in the way an event like this can effectively flip the standard model for brainstorming with outsiders; rather than each project leader paying individuals to come help work on their project, everyone paid to come and help each other.

On Citizen Members

SocialFish

What if we could shift the theoretical focus from the membership model to the citizenship model - in other words, I am a member of Costco, but that's not being a "citizen" of Costco, is it! Mads it sounds like the fundamental unraveling of the traditional association model as we have known it. Jeffrey Cufaude I would counter Dave's observation a bit and suggest it is a return to how many associations got started as opposed to an unraveling of the model.

How Do You Capture Compelling Visitor Stories? Interview with Christina Olsen

Museum 2.0

The proposal to Metlife was all video. We came up with a system that was much more structured and is based on audio, not video. Lots of museums these days have video comment booths to invite visitors to tell their stories, but how many of those booths really deliver high-impact content?

Museum Skunkworks: Carving Out a Place for Risk-Taking

Museum 2.0

There's a third way, a way modeled in huge tech companies trying to compete with young start-ups. There's more attention these days on the "from the top" model. But again, the "from the top" model requires something that few museum staff have: authority.

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Force.com Sites Announced

gokubi.com

Force.com’s Model-View-Controller architecture is in use, giving the developers a full stack in the cloud for writing web apps. These web pages may have whatever structure and look-and-feel you desire–VisualForce spits out XHTML just like any other web templating language. I hope we learn more shortly about the Sites pricing model. At this point all we know is that there will be two models–one based on traffic and another based on user count.

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Guest Post by Jeff Gates: Confessions of a Long Tail Visionary

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Like many other organizations, our hierarchical structure has historically disseminated information from our experts to our visitors. The envisioned twenty-first-century model, however, is more level.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at an Admissions Desk

Museum 2.0

Today, we take a page from Wallace Stevens and look at some alternative ways to structure museum admissions and pricing. If we want to move towards more flexible payment models, we need to be similarly burdened with high volume in small space.

Re-framing Internet Strategy as a Dynamic, Learning Process

Influence

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. This model works particularly well for describing the more narrowly focused discipline of internet strategy.

Community Exhibit Development: Lessons Learned from The Tech Virtual

Museum 2.0

Our job was to provide a structured environment in which to develop ideas and the expertise to build the best of them. The website serves as a simple social network and exhibit proposal holding place, enabling people to propose projects, join exhibit teams, and comment on each other's work.

Becoming Generous Thieves: Notes from the Museums in Conversation Keynote

Museum 2.0

I learned to cultivate creative greed while working on Operation Spy at the International Spy Museum, where I was lucky to be working on a project that was so new to us that we didn't have any pre-established models or structures for doing it.

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

Museum 2.0

The IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) has commissioned a preliminary proposal for an NAS (National Academy of Sciences) report on museums and libraries in the 21st century. What’s in the crystal ball for museums and libraries?

NpTechTag Summary: Insect Antennae, A Blast from the Past, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The tagging community that lies beneath the npdigg structure has taggers, consumers, aggregators, and meta aggregators. Technology in the Arts is accepting session proposals for its October 2007 conference. Flickr photo from jhritz NpDigg: The Insect Antennae?

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

NTEN

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. That said, there are structures within government that can handle risk. There's still going to be assessments but hopefully better models. NTEN's Amy Sample Ward shares from her experiences at the Games for Change Festival.

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The One-Look Virus and Immersive Environments for Teaching and Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

danah boyd has a post called " On Being Virtual " (be sure to read the comments) As Kevin Gamble on the SLED list notes, what she seems to be saying is that if you look at the rise of social tech amongst young people, it's not about divorcing the physical social structures to live virtually. Being another layer over existing technologies, those who are comfortable with the current models can stay behind while the rest of us move up to the next level.

Bay Localize & Green Roofs: An Interview with Ingrid Severson

Have Fun - Do Good

So that requires a massive shift, and we're working towards building a more local economy in the Bay Area on a policy level by working to galvanize municipal response and developing models of localization that can be replicated by other regions.

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Creating Markets for Fair Trade Gifts: An Interview with Priya Haji of World of Good

Have Fun - Do Good

The way that World of Good has really gone about this is, we have done it in a two-part model. So the pricing models are all based on commodity pricing. In handmade items, you don't have that same kind of model; you don't buy and sell a bushel of embroidered skirts.