May 30, 2015

The Importance of Linking Leadership Succession, Strategy, and Governance

YarnWhether one’s starting point is a leadership transition, board development or strategy, case studies teach us to recognize and embrace the interrelated nature of these processes.

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Eye-Rolling, Chair-Shifting, Last-Nerve Boards—and What to Do about Them

Dr. Conflict


Dear Dr. Conflict: My board has divided itself into factions, and there seems to be a war being waged in and outside of the boardroom. The thing is, I do not even really know what the issue is except that a few people seem to have gotten on each others’ last nerves…


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Serving Democracy: Nonprofits Promote Voter Engagement in 2012

PillsHow do we reach the populations less likely to vote (lower-income; youth under thirty; Latino; recent immigrant populations)? The author asserts that, given their civic reach, nonprofits are a natural for closing these participation gaps. Is your organization up to the challenge?

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Use It or Lose It: Frittering Away Civil Society’s Strategic Advantage

LeavesAll the cool kids understand that real reciprocal engagement with constituents is the way you build adherents, and that adherents equate to power, influence, and sustaining cash. And this requires that many of us re-fit ourselves in the old spirit of the civil sector—but with new tools. Nonprofits are in an unusually strategic position relative to the direction of the new economy. Are we prepared to take advantage of it?

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Creating Fertile Soil for the Merger Option

MergeIt may be that one of the reasons that mergers are not approached with more enthusiasm is because they are being sold more negatively than they should be. Approaching them as a strength-promoting proposition might work better, no? That said…

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Wagging the Dog: Philanthropy’s Influence on Nonprofit Management

DancersNonprofits can feel like philanthropy’s “tiny dancers”—performing the latest and greatest ideas at philanthropy’s behest, whether or not the intervention fits the organization’s infrastructure and practice. But every so often a proposed “new” management practice leads to meaningful change.

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Illuminating the Invisible: Mapping Austin’s Adolescent Health System Using Value Network Analysis

This article describes how a group of service providers, funders, and policy makers used value network analysis to assess the adolescent health system in Austin, Texas, and mobilize for positive change.

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