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There’s an old Vaudeville gag where a patient goes into a doctor’s office and exclaims: “Doctor, Doctor, it hurts when I do that.” The doctor replies: “So, don’t do that.” Almost any senior executive has heard of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. A copy is probably propping up a desk somewhere in the office. Any Type A personality can tell you that breaking a habit can be far more difficult than acquiring new skills. A habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. How you acquire a skill – basically how you were taught – can make change very difficult.
The 25 staff members at Young Community Developers (YCD) drove about an hour and a half away from the organization’s San Francisco headquarters for an employee retreat in 2013. When they returned they had a new program.
A lot of things changed for the ALS Association (ALSA) after last summer’s Ice Bucket Challenge (IBC) became a viral and fundraising sensation. The organization’s recent donor file suddenly quadrupled, going from 1 million active donors to 4 million — a problem any nonprofit would like. But at the same time, the demographics of its file changed dramatically.
Private foundations established by ultra high net worth individuals (UHNW) distributed some 8 percent of their total $560 billion in total assets last year, or about $45 billion worldwide.
Everybody wants to be the next big thing and have the campaign everyone’s talking about. Here are five nonprofit campaigns from around the world that really took off.
Managers at nonprofits across the U.S. collect and store — in filing cabinets, networked servers and in rented “cloud” space — vast amounts of personal information. If you believe that the work of foreign hackers represents the greatest threat to the confidential information your nonprofit collects, you might be overlooking threats that are far closer to home.
Nonprofit votes count – that’s the message some nonprofits aim to get out this fall ahead of local and state elections around the country as a warm-up to the 2016 presidential election.
Fighting the good fight, keeping the employees happy, dealing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is all in a day’s work at a nonprofit.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) needed another set of eyes on a problem. They got more than a dozen at the South by Southwest Eco Conference (SxSW Eco) held in October 2014.
Foundations distributed $1.8 billion to charities worldwide working to promote human rights. The report “Advancing Human Rights: Update On Global Foundation Grantmaking,” by Foundation Center and International Human Rights Funders Group, found a jump of 6 percent in human rights funding compared to 2011. Some 774 committed the monies to nearly 11,000 nonprofits around the world.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!
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