Investing in Capacity Building

The recent announcement by the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia that it was bringing back into its organizational fold the capacity building entity it created 10 years ago has not gone without note and comment.  It has caused some to comment on the state of capacity building in the world of nonprofits, suggesting that there has been an inundation of capacity building resources into the marketplace and that there is a need for significant changes in capacity building.

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Nonprofits should heed the experts

Why ask the question if you don’t want to at least listen to the answer?  But even more importantly, why ask the question if you don’t want to seriously consider the answer?  I frequently find myself wondering about this when working with nonprofits, and in particular when working with boards.  And although not new, this is increasingly problematic.

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Keeping the Success in Succession Planning

While preparing to do some capacity building work with a client, I was enthusiastically told about the capacity building workshops that had already been provided to the organization’s members.

The key presenter of these prior workshops was a renowned expert within this organization’s mission specialty. One of his messages was that everyone on the board must find their own replacements before they can leave.  That’s just so wrong as a practice and sends some of the worst messages possible about board functioning and performance.  But what Read more

January 17th, 2014 0 Comment

Kids and EDs – What’s the Matter with Them?

I have had a song swirling in my head for a couple of days now.  It is a song from “Bye Bye Birdie” which the parents, and one younger brother, sing when they believe their teenagers are off doing the kinds of nefarious things teenagers might have done in the days (1958) of “Bye, Bye Birdie.”  It is titled “Kids!” and the lines in my head are (and be glad you can’t hear me singing):  “Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way? What’s the matter with kids Read more