July 12, 2014

Culture Change

Mismatched Expectations: Leadership and Staff on the New Reform Package at the World Bank

NewsNonprofit Quarterly often writes about the challenges of changing organizational culture.  It’s tough enough to reform small or medium-sized nonprofits, but imagine trying to reform the World Bank. 

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Municipal Bankruptcies Loom: Will Foundations Step Up for the Next Detroit?

MoneyIt may be hard to hear, but Detroit is in some ways very fortunate. The city has several large and creative foundations that were willing to come together to work on the city’s fiscal and overall community revival. Other nearly bankrupt cities don’t have the likes of Kresge, Ford, Mott, Kellogg, Knight, and Skillman to turn to for ideas, partnership, and resources.

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Keeping up with the Pope: Bishops Try to Match Francis’s Style

PopeWhether or not one likes what Pope Francis has done since his election to the papacy last year, there is no question that he has raised the bar within the Catholic Church regarding a level of thoughtfulness and commitment to religious teachings. By his lifestyle, Pope Francis is a challenge to U.S. bishops who, one writer suggests, had gotten comfortable with a different kind of behavior—and a different kind of pope.

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The State of the American Dream: Safer, Smarter, Poorer

NewsAccording to a report examining the state of opportunity in the United States, the wellbeing of the average American has tripled over the past 40 years, showing marked progress in community safety and access to education. The one area of regression? The economy.

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Boomers Bring Liberal Arts, Millennials Bring IT and Business to Nonprofits

Millenials & BoomersAlthough Boomers are Boomers and Millennials are Millennials, a good chunk of both demographics are employees of nonprofit organizations. What do Boomers and Millennials bring to the nonprofit sector in terms of their college education backgrounds, and does it matter at all?

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Boomers Retiring Early from State Government Not Necessarily a Good Thing

Fire Ice RingBaby boomers are retiring faster and earlier from state government than ever before, for reasons good and bad. The “Silver Tsunami” of baby boomer retirements doesn’t lead to all positive results, even as it makes room for millennials—in the public sector and in nonprofits.

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At Renovated Museum, Interactivity Is the Name of the Game

Cooper HewittWhen the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopens this December, visitors will have every opportunity to immerse themselves not only in history and artifacts, but also in the design experience. Innovative technology—developed through a collaborative industrial design process—is at the heart of the newly reimagined museum.

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The 10 Hottest Jobs and the Challenge They Present to Nonprofit Service Providers

JobsIf a recent forecast holds true, many additional jobs will open up in personal care type professions. These are fields where nonprofits are often very competitive and known for their quality. But they are also fields in which salaries tend to be low. Can the nonprofit sector try to get ahead of the trend by ensuring that they offer living wages and excellent working conditions?

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One Small City Will Press Homeless Shelter for Payments in Lieu of Taxes

NewsAs the city of Brockton, Massachusetts, prepares to press 21 local nonprofits for payments in lieu of taxes, the picture is very different from that in Boston proper, where the larger nonprofits are hospitals and universities and the like.

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Why This Nonprofit Changed its Name

SignsLutheran Social Services’ name is, like the agency, 142 years old. Why are they changing it now?

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Monitoring Sarcasm on Social Media and Other Bright Ideas

CamerasNPQ thinks the idea of the Secret Service wanting to contract for software that can detect sarcasm online is just wonderful! And we look forward to the other additional monitoring devices—maybe an electric shock kind of thing for passive-aggressive behavior!

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Sterling’s Racism Pays Off Big for Sports Team Owners

ClippersIf Donald and Shelley Sterling get to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, they will have enriched themselves immensely as a result of Donald’s racist rant to V. Stiviano. The increased vastly increased value of the Clippers suggests that the value of all other professional sports franchises will surge as well. This increase in wealth should not be pocketed but given by the owners to a fund to fight racism, whether that of the Sterling family or the overt and covert racism unfortunately still endemic in our society.

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Celebrating “Small Batch” Social Enterprise

BeesThis article compares two different stories of social enterprise— the heroic and the “small batch”—and outlines the different values that they represent.

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The Growth of Suburban Homelessness: “Invisible” in Montreal

HomelessnessThe Montreal Gazette has run an article describing the hidden homelessness that exists in suburban Montreal. In Quebec, at least, the major political parties actually discuss how to address homelessness, something that U.S. political parties shy away from.

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Land Preservation Battles in Utah

Devils TowerThe Navajo Nation believes that part of San Juan County, Utah should be preserved for all time as a national conservation area or a national monument. They are opposed by Utah politicians such as Senator Orrin Hatch who think that preserving those lands would be federal overreach.

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Harvey Milk Honored on U.S. Stamp

MilkA new postage stamp has been devoted to famed gay activist Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978.

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Part of an Unbalanced Breakfast: Oxfam Exhorts Big Food to Do More on Climate Change

CornflakesThe new Oxfam report predicts that the costs of staple grains like corn and rice will double by the year 2030, with half of that increase due to climate change. The largest food and beverage manufactures have made paper promises, but need to commit to reducing emissions and speaking out on the environmental dangers ahead.

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Job Corps: Success, Failure, or in Need of Reinvention and Reinvigoration

It’s not often talked about, but a very popular piece of President Johnson’s “Great Society” is the Job Corps, which still exists today with a $1.7 billion budget from the U.S. Department of Labor. Critics ask whether the outcomes of the program are worth the expenditure.

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Should Nonprofits Publish Wage Ratios?

WalletsIn the UK, the National Council of Voluntary Organizations is recommending that all charities publish salary ratios—that is, the relationship between the highest and lowest salaries.

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When Anonymous People Dominate Billions in Tax-Exempt Resources

NewsA writer for Businessweek uncovered a nest of very low profile donors of hundreds of millions of dollars, operating behind layers of companies, lawyers, and philanthropic advisors. Is the use of millions or billions in money that would otherwise be in the public domain by private individuals with little or no public review a good practice?

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The Climate Change Conundrum

ShipThe National Climate Assessment report released by the White House earlier this week merits action by more than environmental groups. Climate change is so big and so hard to wrap one’s mind around that it deters groups from acting, but we have some ideas about what all nonprofits can do.

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Nonprofit Growth in Des Moines Poses Difficult Economic Questions

Des MoinesDes Moines values its nonprofits, but the local field is expanding, which has implications for basic services. What is a city to do?

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Independent Sector Board (Sort of) Calls for Nonprofits and Philanthropies to Pay a Living Wage

Fair wagesWe, of all sectors, should stand firmly behind the idea of a Living Wage. But although the headline of a statement from the Independent Sector seemed to promise a bolder stance, the text walked it back considerably, offering numerous caveats and outs for nonprofit exemptions.

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Hybrids, Hybridity, and Hype

RuthNPQ is just going to press with the latest edition of its print magazine. Today, you can subscribe for a year at $10 below the usual price.

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Colorado Symphony Seeks Expanded Audience via BYOC (Bring Your Own Cannabis) Events

MusicWe love it when one trend meets another in a truly unexpected way. . Pot is on its way to being as legal as alcohol, and symphonies are innovating to attract new audiences, so the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s announcement of a series of “cannabis-friendly” fundraising concerts should come as no surprise.

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Recession Started a Boom for this Nonprofit Retailer: Here’s How

GoodwillThe years of the recession were tough on many small businesses but not so for thrift stores. They have been experiencing their boom years.

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Teach for America’s Troubled Relationship with Seattle Schools

SeattleTFA teachers cite several missteps by a “finger-pointing” national office that places few in poverty-serving schools.

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Minimum Wage: Tough Choices for States, Cities, and Nonprofits

Minimum wageThe momentum for increased minimum wages at state and city levels has led to some disturbances from the nonprofit field. A few nonprofits are concerned that increasing the minimum wage means increasing their service delivery costs without any substantive commitment from government that it will compensate nonprofits to help them maintain programs and keep operating.

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Demographic Transformations: Dramas in Slow Motion

Next AmericaWho considers President Obama to be black and who considers him to be of mixed race? How does the slow-motion change in racial demographics look across time? What will age distribution look like in this country in ten or fifteen years? All this and more is available here.

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About That Gender Pay Differential: Look to Your Own Practice (INFOGRAPHIC)

EPDThe nonprofit sector is, as far as we know, as culpable as any other in maintaining gender pay inequity. Why don’t we look to our own houses first?

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