Among other obvious things, December is a time for reflection on the past year and predictions for the coming year. There have already been some great forecasts about what 2014 will bring the social change sector (here, here, and here). Show More Summary
Steps funders can take to tackle partisan gridlock and solve social problems at scale.
Guest blogger, Julie Brown, Program Director at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. Julie is intrigued by storytelling, and the opportunity it offers to inspire donors and volunteers to act. As a program officer preparing...Show More Summary
You've likely heard or read about Common Core by now. The latest in educational "fixes," promoted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, and the Obama administration, the Common Core initiative was...Show More Summary
There are times when we'd all love to break free from the bonds of the ordinary: to ignore gravity and soar through the air; to sing with a full-throated beauty, instead of the croaky, tuneless voice we actually have; to be able to walk through walls, see the future, or breathe under water. Show More Summary
Earlier this month, there was a great post by Linda Wood from the Haas Fund bemoaning the fact that 73% of nonprofit leaders in a recent Center for Effective Philanthropy study said they lack resources to build their leadership skills. Show More Summary
In this TED talk, How Great Leaders Inspire Action, Simon Sinek points us to the power of ‘Why?’ In a nutshell, his argument is that most efforts to lead — to persuade or inspire or attract others to follow or invest in what we are urging — begin at the wrong end of the communications [...]
There is such a hunger in the nonprofit sector for help wrangling the board of directors. Because the board is a disparate group of volunteers, it can often seem impossible to get their attention, let alone get them all pointing in the same, effective direction. Show More Summary
Note from Beth: Last week during the Google Hangout hosted by the Packard Foundation, someone asked me “What’s Next?” After spending five years living and breathing networks and measurement and designing and delivering many, many...Show More Summary
Click to See Larger Image and Scroll Note from Beth: Yesterday, I was the honored guest at a Google Hangout hosted by the Packard Foundation to celebrate the work that I have done over the last five years as Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation. … Read More
Do you have trouble raising unrestricted funding? Do your donors give you attitude when they see your administrative expenses? Do you spend hours “massaging” your Form 990 each year? Most nonprofit organizations have fallen victim to the Overhead Myth, a … Continue reading ?
We are pleased to welcome our new guest blogger, Julie Brown, Program Director at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. Julie is intrigued by storytelling, and the opportunity it offers to inspire donors and volunteers to act. ”The universe is made of stories, not of atoms,” said poet Muriel Rukeyser. Just a year ago, Ruykeyser’s words proved to […]
Last week, I was honored to be the keynote presentation at the Social Media 4 Nonprofits Conference in San Francisco on why and how to measure impact for your social media integrated strategy. For past couple of years, I have been...Show More Summary
Note from Beth: We are seeing more and more nonprofits use LinkedIn for organizational goals – from its powerful board recruitment tool to setting up company pages (see Ten Must Follow Nonprofits on LinkedIn). If your nonprofit decides...Show More Summary
Setting aspirational goals can inspire more people to get involved in your cause—and meaningful milestones can keep them engaged.
VolunteerMatch has partnered with Miss International 2013 - the dedicated and dynamic Jesse Ladoue - to promote volunteering and civic engagement. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMlc6V8UMzY In this video, Jesse reminisces about one of her favorite volunteer experiences, when she was working with Special Olympics athletes. She recalls … Continue reading ?
VolunteerMatch has partnered with Miss International 2013 - the dedicated and dynamic Jesse Ladoue - to promote volunteering and civic engagement. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzbqK1J3rLE In this video, Jesse shares her vision for volunteerism in the U.S. and around the world, and what she’s planning to do … Continue reading ?
I’m a list maker! I keep to do lists, mega to do lists, grocery shopping lists, lists of restaurants and movies, and you get the picture. There is something zen about making a list – it clears my mind and it is very satisfying to cross things off your list or it saves times because you have a place to start. … Read More
Note From Beth: The cartoon above is from my book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” and was alluding to what I call the “Cute Animal Theory” that content performs better when you have a cute animal, a dog, a cat, or even a squirrel. … Read More
According to a recent survey by OTX, 43% of respondents say they have shared content on social media sites because it is funny. And the reasons are not a mystery — people remember how you make them feel and making them chuckle, giggle, and laugh reduces stress and makes people feel good. … Read More