The Reality is that Nonprofit Leaders are Entrepreneurs

The Reality is that Nonprofit Leaders are Entrepreneurs

We create a level playing field by deconstructing the myth the nonprofit leaders are not entrepreneurial. Instead of an adversarial approach where the business leader (or consultant) is chiding the nonprofit leader to be more “businesslike” the nonprofit leader’s business skills, and thinking are recognized and a meaningful partnership for leading and growing the organization can be formed.

Symptoms of a Vanity Nonprofit

Symptoms of a Vanity Nonprofit

These four characteristics of a vanity nonprofit conspire to create a nonprofit that, at its best, produces a mediocre social return related to the time, money and human capital investments in the agency….

Five Nonprofit Board Traits Needed Now

I mentioned in my last article that the increasingly performance driven nonprofit environment demands leaders capable of thinking and acting courageously. In this article, I extend the argument that such leadership also a core function of a nonprofit board. Passion/dispassion, risk-taking, support, self-reflection, and leadership are core traits needed now. Developing each will increase the potential that your organization will move forward with confidence towards success.

Four Nonprofit Leadership Traits Needed Now

Four Nonprofit Leadership Traits Needed Now

Four Nonprofit Leadership Traits Needed Now The more I work with nonprofit leaders the more I am convinced that the central difference between successful nonprofits and nonprofits that are leaders in their practice is found in the alchemy between the Executive Director, the Board, and a clear strategy.  Taken together, these three ingredients are the […]

Four Aspects of Nonprofit Excellence

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington’s Nonprofit Excellence Awards presentation. The event recognized local nonprofit agencies and community partners for excellence.  I always welcome the opportunity to attend such events because I believe such gatherings give insight into the heart and soul of the local nonprofit community.  As […]

Five Unintentional Nonprofit Leadership Self-Deceptions

This blog post is a mild risk because it focuses on leadership deficits rather than strengths. Innately, we don’t like to acknowledge our weaknesses. Yet, at this moment in time, when resources continue to decline and social needs continue to grow, nonprofit leaders must be driven by evidence and not self-deception. I offer these five principles, hoping that the as a reader that you will invert them into the positive practices. Forward thinking organizations are

A Venture Philanthropy Mindset for Nonprofit Leaders

I had the privilege of being one to the speakers at the 2012 Willamette Valley Development Officers 4th annual Regional conference and spoke on the topic of Venture Philanthropy from the perspective of nonprofit leaders. The session that I facilitated grappled trend in philanthropy and venture philanthropy thinking from a “nonprofitcentic” point of view. I have embedded the slides…