Marian Conway, the executive director of the NY Community Bank Foundation, has a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies, Writing and a Ph.D. in Public Policy, Nonprofit Management. She has discovered that her job and education have made her a popular person with nonprofits and a prime candidate for their boards. Marian keeps things in perspective, not allowing all that to go to her head, but it is difficult to say no to a challenge, especially participating in change, in remaking a board. She is currently on eleven boards of various sizes and has learned to say no.
Puerto Rico’s community land trusts are helping residents protect homeownership rights in their communities against encroachment by developers and local governments. As the island rebuilds after Hurricane Maria, recognition of community ownership is key to getting aid to residents.
Nonprofits and others want to know how a foundation’s money is invested. If a foundation follows generally accepted accounting principles, investing practices, and risk levels, should they allow the general public to influence them? Who are the foundation’s stakeholders, and how do they weigh in?
Community approaches to problem solving can take many forms; in this arena, nonprofits benefit from their ability to be nimble and creative. A school and a land conservancy have done just that, signing a memorandum of understanding for an agreement that helps both organizations.
Approximately 60 students from Nepal have been told their full scholarships to the University of Texas at Tyler have been withdrawn. UT-Tyler blames the recall on a $1.7-million accounting error. The cost for the students is more profound.