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The 3 Gotta-Haves for Boards Seeking Impact and Scale

Posted by Donald Summers on Jul 18, 2018 12:15:00 PM

An exciting, grand historical evolution of American society is taking place: For-profit and nonprofit domains are converging. Many of the entrepreneurial and organizational practices and frameworks found most frequently in the business world are finding increased adoption in the social sector,...

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Topics: strategic planning, Culture, similarities in for-profits and nonprofits

Mixing Music and Advocacy to Scale Impact

Posted by Dalouge Smith on Jun 20, 2018 1:02:37 PM

When I first started as president and CEO of San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS), I found the board members were divided between two strongly held points of view. One group believed in the primacy of musical excellence and the other focused on broadening access to music education....

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Topics: Advocacy

Using For-Profit Language to Think Differently About Nonprofits

Posted by Patricia Q. Connolly on Jun 6, 2018 12:26:11 PM

Nonprofits face many challenges today that are unique to the sector, with fundraising being one that immediately comes to mind. But nonprofit organizations are not necessarily as different from their for-profit counterparts as one might think; both require strong governance and oversight to...

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Topics: similarities in for-profits and nonprofits

Grantspace.org — Providing Tools, Trainings, and Events for Foundation and Sector Leaders

Posted by Kate Tkacik on May 23, 2018 12:25:05 PM

Foundation Center is the leading source of philanthropic data worldwide and dedicated to advancing knowledge about philanthropy. Today, we are pleased to share the relaunch of our popular online learning platform — GrantSpace.org — with the BoardSource community. Through GrantSpace, Foundation...

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Three Steps to Working With Your Board to Advance Advocacy

Posted by Laurel O'Sullivan on May 17, 2018 12:35:59 PM

 

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Topics: The Board’s Role in Advocacy, Advocacy

Selecting and Developing Board Leadership: Choose Your Leaders Wisely

Posted by Hardy Smith on May 2, 2018 11:00:00 AM
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Topics: Board Best Practices, Emerging Leaders, Board Chair

Metrics That Matter: Is Your Board Tracking the Right Things?

Posted by Irv Katz on Apr 18, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Balanced scorecards, dashboards, strategic plan reports, even routine financial and activity reports: They range from basic to varying degrees of sophistication relative to accountability, management, and governance. “Metrics” is the prevailing mantra, but do the metrics that are routinely...

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Topics: Board Best Practices, Mission Impact, oversight, financial oversight

The Power of Nonprofit Board Exit Interviews

Posted by Nancy Droesch and Susan S. Stepleton on Apr 4, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Nonprofit boards are tasked with overseeing the management of their organizations, but who oversees the board? While outside agencies may comment and provide feedback on board functioning, at the end of the day, boards are responsible for evaluating their own performance.

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Foundation Board Diversity: Five Things We Can Do to Break from the Current Reality

Posted by Kevin Walker on Mar 21, 2018 11:15:44 AM

This blog post is the third in a series written by foundation leaders in response to a new research report published by BoardSource titled Foundation Board Leadership: A Closer Look at Foundation Board Responses to Leading with Intent 2017. This report is an effort to better understand the...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit, Leading with Intent, Family Foundations

The For-Profit and Nonprofit Sectors are Converging: What Are the Implications for You?

Posted by Donald Summers on Mar 14, 2018 1:30:00 PM

sec·tor ˈsektər/ noun 1. an area or portion that is distinct from others Writing in 1924, the brilliant British author Virginia Woolf made her now famous observation about rapid changes in human society during the early 20th century:

On or about December 1910, human character changed. I am not...

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Topics: Perspectives on Board Service, Mission Impact, New Trends & Resources, Current Events

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