joanne carman

Feb 8, 2016

Trend Spotter: Clear and Meaningful Responsibilities Ease Board Recruitment Challenges

For all nonprofit organizations, board members play important role in the work that they do. Most Trend Spotters reported having good relationships with their board chairs, and many resources exist to help nonprofits improve the way the board functions.

Nov 3, 2015

Trend Spotter: What Keeps You Up At Night

As we resume our Trend Spotter reports, we are interested in what are the things executive directors are losing sleep over. These insomnia-inducing concerns will drive our upcoming Trend Spotter reports where we explore the causes and evidence-based solutions to help nonprofit executives hopefully sleep a little bit more easily going forward.

May 28, 2013

Snap Poll: What motivates you to work?

Philanthropy Journal launches a new Snap Poll to learn what motivates employees in the workplace. To participate, please submit your completed survey by 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 4.

May 6, 2013

Trend Spotter: Learning and leading nonprofit organizations in uncertain times

In the fourth Trend Spotter survey of nonprofit leaders at small organizations across North Carolina, the majority of respondents say they received training in the past two years designed to improve the way they lead their nonprofit organization. Whether it was formal or peer-to-peer learning, the experiences built confidence and capacity that enhanced agency success as well as improved the overall work environment.

Mar 11, 2013

Trend Spotter: Challenges of evaluation for nonprofit organizations

The third Trend Spotter survey, a special project of the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State University, polled small North Carolina nonprofits about their challenges related to evaluation their effectiveness for internal and external audiences. Results show that while most do conduct some type of assessment, some nonprofits report that they lack of capacity and expertise make it difficult to collect timely and reliable results. However, significantly more Trend Spotter participants in this survey have engaged in formative evaluation (62 percent) compared to a recent national sample (17 percent).