Bullet Journaling for Nonprofit Professionals

Note from Beth:  At last year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, I was lucky enough to join a “birds of a feather” lunch table.  The topic was bullet journaling and the table host was nonprofit tech colleague Ma’ayan Alexander.  I have found this productivity very useful in my own work and Ma’ayan was kind enough to write…

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Power Shift: How Will Nonprofits Respond to the Rise of the Mega-Donor?

Public domain. February 18, 2019; Barron’s, “Penta” Is a donation a gift or an investment? Does it represent a donor’s expression of trust and support for the recipient nonprofit’s mission, leadership, strategy, and tactics? Or is it more transactional, representing the donor’s desire to influence and control? These questions may not be unique to this…

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The Carbon Footprint of Conferences: Being the Change

February 13, 2019; Conversation A few years ago, I was consulting with a global platform for women social entrepreneurs. As a student of platform organizations, I was struck by a model that allowed them to scale for almost 15 years as a purely volunteer organization. The founding group of women lived in San Francisco and…

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Money Laundering, a Golf Junket, and Donor Disclosure: A New Mexico Case

Babak Dowlatshahi [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons February 14, 2019; Albuquerque Journal New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas has requested that lawmakers in his state adopt requirements that compel organizations like the University of New Mexico (UNM) Foundation to make their records available to the public upon request. As Dan McKay in the Albuquerque…

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Why You Should Hire Slowly (And Fire Quickly)

One of the most important pieces of advice I can give to growing nonprofits is something that I heard years ago from a business consultant: be slow to hire and quick to fire. It may sound heartless, but we often rush to fill open positions and then are slow to act when we realize we’ve…

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