Philanthropic Foundations React Dynamically But Intentionally to External Pressures
As foundations change and evolve, nonprofits must also adapt to the dynamic landscape of foundation operations, particularly in three key areas.
Empowering Stakeholders with a Voice for Advocacy
Advocacy is essential for changing policies. With strong, educated and diverse advocates, nonprofits can create an action and voice behind their mission.
How To Build A Better Board
Strong and effective boards do not develop overnight and they do not remain indefinitely. Developing a strong and diverse board and learning to be an effective board member are continuous processes.
Advocacy: A Bridge Between Research and Policy
Data provides the key to unlocking the minds of decision makers, though determining how best to communicate these results can be a challenge. Using data derived from credible research in advocacy efforts is one way to combat challenges in policy adoption.
Filling the Expertise Gap: The Next Step in Community Engagement
Community engagement is valuable for nonprofits interested in improving effectiveness and reducing paternalism.
Investing in Human Capital
Nonprofit leaders must be proactive about sustaining their human resources to recruit and retain talent. By empowering staff, engaging supporters and encouraging storytelling, the Duke Lemur Center demonstrates its commitment to its human capital.
Self-Care: The Magic Solution to Combating Burnout?
Self-care is not a fad sweeping the nation, but a theory that has the ability to increase the endurance of nonprofit practitioners. It is a valuable and necessary part of the nonprofit sector and has the ability to create organizations that are more determined and more successful in serving the wider world.
When Cultivating Positive Relationships, Don’t Forget Your Auditor
Auditing is always a stressful time for nonprofit employees and board members, but if you strive for an open, communicative relationship with your CPA, you just might find a lasting ally dedicated to ensuring your organization’s mission is achieved.
Reduced Performance Triggers Turnover for Nonprofit Executives
The nonprofit sector has been critiqued as not holding its executives accountable, even when they are underperforming. But a new study out of NC State University finds nonprofit organizations that have declining expenditures – an indication of reduced operations – are more likely to seek new leadership.
Support for Leadership Development in the Nonprofit Sector
Supporting and investing in leadership development in the nonprofit sector can provide employees with essential tools and soft skills for potential succession into leadership.