A former staffer with OMB Watch and former vice president of the Alliance for Children and Families, Patrick Lester has been running his own shop, the Social Innovation Research Center, devoted to tracking and reporting on nonprofits that are engaged in social innovation or social impact work.
ver the last several years, the literature about the nonprofit sector has been filled with alarming predictions about key trends that would negatively affect the sector’s effectiveness and resiliency in the years to come. Then, the Great Recession hit and many of these predictions—the imminent departure of baby boomers, nonprofits closing or merging, and the sector crumbling—did not pan out.
Last month I visited Fenway Park for the first time, not for baseball but to visit my teammates at AGM for their annual meeting. First up was Executive Director Jeff Poulos who celebrated not just the growth and breadth of AGM’s members and the impact of their work but also their connection to the growth and strength of the regional association network across the country.
All nonprofits need to manage their organization’s knowledge—be it donor lists, operational processes, or other types of information—and while it need not be a huge and overwhelming task, it does take time and effort.
Knowledge management—also called KM—is the process of choosing and using tools and systems to effectively gather, organize, share, and use information, of any topic and type, within and between individuals, organizations, and groups.
Republished with permision of Third Sector New England
Chatter about New York these days is all about how the city has changed. It is full of banks, franchises and billionaires’ condo towers blocking the sun from Central Park. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. compared one of its airports to something in “a third world country.” Its official ambassador is Taylor Swift. It is not a very awesome place to be.
“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” Warren Bennis, Pioneer in the field of Leadership Studies
The devastating killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe has sparked giving approaching $1 million. It’s an inspiring example of tragedy elevating a cause, but what happens next? Will the wave of support stick?
At this point, everyone knows the story of Cecil the lion. The news reports, which spread like wildfire, were gut-wrenching, as a dentist from Minnesota and his guides lured the lion out of Hwange National Park with food, beheading him and leaving the body behind.
Race, gender, sexual orientation – these are just a few of the traits that define an individual. The specific combination of these traits is what determines the communities to which he or she is connected, and also the types of discrimination that an individual may encounter.
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers held their Annual Conference July 21st -23rd in Baltimore MD. As a second time attendee I was looking forward to learn and network with my colleagues from across the country. This year’s conference was sold out and hosted the largest number of participants at 250+. One of my favorite lineups, which is also a favorite among my contemporaries, is referred to as ‘RA Job Alikes’.