All 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. This requires that many of us refit 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?
From lying to staff to conflicts of interest, unethical behavior in nonprofits abounds. Here the author outlines three particularly relevant markers of a responsible organization as well as four trends shaping future standards for nonprofits.
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.
Nonprofits 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.
AN NPQ CLASSIC:
It 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…
Loosening restrictions are creating an exciting environment for China’s emerging nonprofit sector, but the pathways to official recognition are still arduous and millions of organizations remain unregistered—and thus illegal. This fascinating article is a complex and dramatic snapshot of the organizations of civil society in today’s China.
How 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?
FROM THE ARCHIVES
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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