Management and Leadership

May 20, 2019

Best Practices for Nonprofit Directors

Good governance will always be the key to the organization’s success and sustainability. Northern Trust's Marguerite H. Griffin offers best practices to help nonprofit directors fulfill their responsibilities and be effective leaders of their organizations.

May 6, 2019

Transitions of Trailblazers (Part 1)

The first in a multi-part series on the issues nonprofits face in transitioning leadership, Barbara Rady Kazan and Lynn S. Price discuss the formation of a research study on how nonprofit leaders think about their legacies.

Mar 25, 2019

The “Lean” Nonprofit

Companies are expected to not only deliver some profit, but to maximize shareholder value. In the same way, nonprofits must move beyond doing some good, to maximizing social impact and scale.

Feb 25, 2019

Win Big With Big Data: A Nonprofit’s Guide to Data Analytics

Whether your nonprofit feeds the hungry or provides shelter for the homeless, you have the ability (and obligation) to make data-backed, objective decisions regarding service delivery and internal processes - your clients depend on it.

Jan 14, 2019

Moving Beyond Startup

The Lone Survivor Foundation offers a clear example of a nonprofit that has moved beyond its preliminary success. Several key strategies can be taken from the foundation’s success, such as name recognition and branding, collaboration with like-minded organizations, and portfolio diversification can help nonprofits attain long-term sustainability.

Dec 3, 2018

Organizational Assessments: A Solution to the Questions That Keep Some Nonprofit Leaders Awake At Night

A well-executed Organizational Assessment can be the one thing to help nonprofit leaders meet organizational challenges head-on and, perhaps, get a good night’s sleep.

Nov 19, 2018

Preventing Fraud in Nonprofits: It’s Easier than it Sounds

Internal controls go a long way in a nonprofit achieving its mission, and a strong set of internal controls will help the nonprofit maintain success in the long run.

Nov 5, 2018

Meet. Share. Do.

A civic engagement initiative, born in Chicago, sparks a national movement.

Nov 5, 2018

An “Equi-center” of Alliances

While collaborations may have a funding benefit, nonprofits should consider an informal alliance as a way to help improve the stability of their organizations. Sharing best practices, new ideas and even struggles experienced by an organization can give others new insights on ways to secure funding, enhance their programs, and use their resources more effectively.

Oct 22, 2018

The Overhead Ratio is Not a Measure of Efficiency

Given the importance and influence of efficiency rankings within the nonprofit sector, NC State University researchers Coupet and Berrett urge nonprofit managers as well as donors and scholars to move away from using financial ratios to measure organizational efficiency.