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Nonprofits’ Role in Indian Boarding Schools: An Opportunity to Tell the Truth and Heal

In May, the world looked on in horror as a mass grave of 215 children’s remains was located using ground-penetrating radar at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, Canada. It was this circumstance that caused many people to learn about the institution of Indian residential...

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Topics: Advocacy

Moving from Voice to Power

Posted by Melinda Tuan on Oct 12, 2021 11:34:46 AM

“The recognition that organizational power and voice must be authorized by those impacted by the organization’s work.”

These words come from BoardSource’s new way of framing the role of nonprofit governing boards. And they resonate profoundly with me and my colleagues at Fund for Shared Insight,...

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Topics: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, Purpose-Driven Board Leadership

Purpose-Driven Leadership - Lessons from GEO's Racial Equity Journey

Posted by Marcus Walton on Sep 27, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Leadership within the social sector today is as challenging as ever. As a generation of long-tenured executives steadily matriculate out of institutional leadership roles, staff, boards and representatives from all facets of social sector organizations – as well as the communities we care most...

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Topics: Purpose-Driven Board Leadership

What Boards Can Learn from the Story of Nikole Hannah-Jones

Posted by Jim Taylor on Aug 24, 2021 11:00:00 AM

We live in an age where it can be challenging to keep up with the increasing speed of news cycles while managing our own busy day-to-day lives. There’s a vast amount of news available to us every day – but we may not have enough time to consume it, and we often have even less time to reflect on...

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Topics: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Building the Boards We Need

Posted by Rick Moyers on Jun 2, 2021 12:57:00 PM

For almost 30 years, I’ve been part of a sector-wide conversation about the lack of diversity on nonprofit boards and the need to do better. In retrospect, I realize that our initial arguments were grounded primarily in a belief in the importance of representation. We also frequently cited...

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Topics: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

The March Continues

Posted by Jim Taylor on May 4, 2021 11:00:00 AM

I believe I’ll remember the images of last summer’s racial justice marches for the rest of my life – largely for a reason that I didn’t expect. It wasn’t just the number of protests around the country that inspired me, or even the size of the crowds (impressive as they were). It was the rich,...

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Topics: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Billy Shore Responds to Purpose-Driven Board Leadership Framework

Posted by Billy Shore on Apr 30, 2021 10:01:09 AM

Billy Shore of Share Our Strength, the parent organization for the No Kid Hungry campaign, responds to BoardSource’s CEO, Anne Wallestad's new way of framing the nonprofit board’s role, and a call for what we’ve termed “Purpose-Driven Board Leadership.”

The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven...

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Topics: Purpose-Driven Board Leadership

Getting to the “Heart” of Racial Equity

Posted by Jim Taylor on Mar 2, 2021 11:00:00 AM

There’s a lovely expression that many of us in the Black community use when we want to repair strained relationships with each other; it’s an expression that always moves me when I hear it. Whether the cause of the disagreement is related to something we’ve done (or not done), or something we’ve...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

The Healing Potential of the Nonprofit Sector

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Jan 19, 2021 9:43:42 AM

Today is the National Day of Racial Healing, which takes place each year the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, it also happens to fall on the day before we will inaugurate a new president – a momentous occasion in any context, but one that takes on particular significance as it...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Advocacy, Current Events, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

For Nonprofits, Uncertainty Equals Opportunity

Posted by Matt Brown on Dec 8, 2020 12:15:00 PM

At the risk of beginning this post with a completely unoriginal and obvious point, the country is currently experiencing a level of cultural, political, and economic turmoil not seen in many decades. In fact, I would argue that today’s combination of a worldwide pandemic, political unrest, and...

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Topics: strategic planning, Fundraising


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