Seize the Opportunities
In 1905, philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” As it seems the past has been forgotten, here’s a quick trip down memory lane:
September 11, 2001The 2008 financial crisis and recessionThe 2020 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement
While each of these events had a profound impact on our entire country, they also revealed an important fact for nonprofits: economic troubles, troubles that threaten our very existence, have come around before and they will Read more
Recently, a dear friend brand new to his executive director role and, thus, working in a nonprofit, but well-versed working with and for nonprofits, made the observation from his recently acquired leadership position, “Nonprofits are messy!” I can’t disagree, but wonder to what extent we contribute to our own messes?
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A few days after hearing his remark, a one-day facilitation session with the board and senior staff of an organization brought home that answer, writ large: a lot! How could one organization do so Read more
There seems to be a growing tendency for teaser titles to articles, presentations, webinars, with some variation of this theme: The Top 10 Things…. The number doesn’t matter; it’s what follows. The Top 10 Things you Need to Know about Starting a Nonprofit,” “…About Being a Board Member,” “…Every Manager Should Know About Hiring,” or “…You Need to Build a Strong Program.” It seems that our attention span has dwindled even shorter (that’s what comes from communicating in 140 characters or less) and we must Read more