(May 21, 2015) Leadership transitions in the nonprofit sector occur regularly*. For small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations, the average term for an executive director or CEO is about six years. With sufficient time and preparation, these transitions can be positive events that make an organization stronger, even when the transition involves replacing a successful executive director. (Nonprofit Quarterly)
May 27, 2015 – After a year-end marathon week of donating to dozens of my favorite charities online this past December, I concluded some nonprofits make it exceedingly difficult for me to give them my money.
Every year I vow to spread my donations over 12 months so I don’t go crazy as the end of the tax year approaches. But most years I only get a few donations made before Christmas, setting me up for an annual sprint before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. (The Nonprofit Times)
May 20, 2015 – The role of data has gained a great deal of attention recently. And so it should. Data can help organizations learn a lot about themselves and the community they serve. The first step in data management is appreciating that each document generated within an organization tells a story. When organizations begin to value documents as vital records and see them as assets, they can really begin to learn and grow. A proper records management system is essential to this process. (Hilborn)
May 19, 2015 – Fulfilling a promise six years in the making, Medicine Hat, Alberta, is expected to become the first city in Canada to end chronic homelessness.
May 22, 2015 – In the age of social media we often overlook the importance of bringing people together offline. Putting on an event can be a very effective way to celebrate a charity’s supporters and raise funds, but how can you ensure your charity gets the most out of an event? (The Guardian)
May 21, 2015 – Maybe the campus protests seemed rather isolated at first. Dissatisfaction with the administration. Outrage over bad decisions. A student altercation gone bad. (The Atlantic)