Large Nonprofits Approaching Crisis

Large Nonprofits Approaching Crisis

Forward thinking nonprofits are engaged in ongoing planning and the larger and more complex the nonprofit is, those conversations must include frank conversations about restructuring, breaking up and focusing on the organization’s core competencies.

Nonprofit Crisis: Time to Look in the Mirror

For a nonprofit approaching a crisis, it is important to assess your situation and have a disaster planning conversation.

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Collaboration

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Collaboration

While I doubt that I would give nonprofit collaboration the highest marks possible, as a whole, the nonprofit leaders I know rise above the mediocrity that the capacity survey authors suggest is “universal.” Let’s stop promoting the mythology of mediocre nonprofits. Rather than haranguing on nonprofit deficits, I would like to suggest four investments related to collaboration that nonprofits can make in order to build even more effective at collaboration.

Nonprofit Responding to Strategic Trends: Shape, Adapt, or Reserve

Nonprofit Responding to Strategic Trends: Shape, Adapt, or Reserve

The bottom line is that the most effective nonprofits I know, do not hesitate to invest in planning and thinking strategically. Conversely, those nonprofits with an uncertain future choose to focus on the immediate rather than the long view. The future is coming and inaction is not an option. It is up to the leadership of nonprofits to Shape, Adapt, or Reserve. The choice is yours.

Nonprofit Strategy – Nouns Are More Useful Than Adjectives

Nonprofit Strategy – Nouns Are More Useful Than Adjectives

Taken together, when a nonprofit organization thoughtfully engages in the development of strategies focused on values, competencies, impact, leverage and sustainability, I have confidence that the adjectives of new and better will follow. However, starting with new and better may not necessarily lead to the stronger foundations of an organization. So when it comes to developing nonprofit strategy, nouns are indeed more useful than verbs.

A Relational Approach to Philanthropy

A Relational Approach to Philanthropy

Relational philanthropy is gaining momentum and, while it may not be the norm (yet), we need to start adopting a philosophy that is aligned with erasing the power differential between philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.