The GuideStar Exchange Giveaway came to a close January 31, and on February 4, 10 organizations were randomly selected to share the $10,000 grand prize. Every organization that had been accepted as a member of the Exchange was automatically entered into the drawing. The Exchange is a new initiative at GuideStar, aimed at helping nonprofits share a greater scope of information on their goals and achievements with grantmakers and potential donors.
"I'd like to offer my congratulations to the Giveaway winners and my sincere thanks to everyone who filled out a GuideStar Exchange Form, thereby helping us create a valuable win-win situation within the nonprofit sector," said Bob Ottenhoff, GuideStar's president and CEO. "Participating organizations are rewarded with a richer report that can provide a more complete picture of their good works. Donors and funders benefit with easy access to more information on the nonprofits they support."
The following GuideStar Exchange members will each receive a check for $1,000:
Howard Horowitz, on 2/1/08 8:00 AM
Every once in a while the finance team and the development and marketing departments will get together, mostly for budgeting purposes. But the finance department and the numbers it maintains can make a dramatic difference in the success of the development team's campaigns. Financial information can be used for more than setting and maintaining the budget. Below are four ways nonprofits can use financial information to help increase the success of fundraising campaigns.
There is a lot of buzz out there about MBAs joining the ranks of the nonprofit sector. We wanted to find out what is behind all the buzz. Are nonprofits really hiring MBAs? Are MBAs interested in working in the social sector? What are some of the challenges that nonprofits face when considering hiring candidates with MBAs?
The Aspen Institute, in its 2007-2008 publication Beyond Gray Pinstripes, reports that over 30 percent of 112 schools of management offer a special concentration focused on social and environmental issues. Additionally, coursework and academic research on social and environmental issues has increased dramatically in the past few years. Even with increased access to such curriculum, Net Impact, a nonprofit organization that helps business school students use their skills for social impact, reports that only 6 percent of MBA graduates plan on pursuing careers in the social sector.
What will it take to get more MBAs into the social sector? Is there even a demand for these types of hires? This article describes the success that two organizations have found in hiring MBAs, outlines some of the challenges associated with hiring candidates with MBAs, and provides some suggestions for overcoming those challenges.
Excerpt from Great Boards for Small Groups: A 1-Hour Guide to Governing a Growing Nonprofit
In my work with nonprofits, I'm always mystified by the pervasive use and abuse of parliamentary procedure, also known as Robert's Rules of Order.
Many, many board members believe that their discussions and decisions are somehow more valid when they make motions, second those motions, call the question, and hold formal votes that are recorded in the minutes.
Furthermore, people who know the rules—or think they know the rules—often use their alleged know-how as a way to exercise power within the group. "That's out of order," bellows the board bully. "You need to raise a point of order if you're going to reopen discussion on that motion, and you can't do that because we've already accepted an amendment to the original motion."
In response, everyone else feels sheepish, looks confused, and refuses to speak. All sorts of petty arguments arise from the ignorance or abuse of parliamentary procedure.
There is no law mandating that nonprofits must make decisions using Robert's Rules. After all, you're not a parliament. You're an animal shelter, or a sports league, or a theater, or an advocacy organization.
By way of comparison, imagine you're sitting around with a group of friends, trying to decide on a place for dinner. You discuss the options; people advocate for one restaurant or another. Perhaps you reach a tentative decision. At that point, someone opts out, saying, "I had Thai for lunch, but if that's what everybody wants, please go and enjoy yourselves." Maybe the rest of you decide to go, but more likely you return to the list to try to identify another option that will work for everyone.
The decision-making model you're using is called consensus, and it works something like this:
Patrick Ferraro, on 2/1/08 8:00 AM
The General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced the addition of GuideStar products and services to its Financial and Business Solutions Schedule. As the agency that is responsible for facilitating the basic operations of other federal agencies, the GSA has recognized the GuideStar database as an effective means of providing federal employees with easy access to the information on nonprofit organizations that they need.
Part of the GSA's mandate is to procure a ready supply of the various goods and services that are required by the federal government. It does so by establishing pre-negotiated contracts with outside entities, including nonprofit organizations.
Federal grantmakers, contract procurers, regulators, and policy analysts all need timely and accurate nonprofit information. By accessing GuideStar products and services through the GSA Financial and Business Solutions Schedule, these employees will be able to make decisions with confidence and perform their duties with greater efficiency. And, of course, everyone benefits from a more efficient government.
The GSA Financial and Business Solutions Schedule offers federal decision makers the full range of GuideStar products and services, including GuideStar Premium, data sets, GuideStar Charity Check, the GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report, and much more. Click here for more information: GSA authorized price list.
Patrick Ferraro, February 2008
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Patrick Ferraro is a freelance writer in Seoul, Korea, and a former editor of the Newsletter.