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Serving, Learning, and Leading: Lessons from Three Health Plan Foundation Presidents

The three major not-for-profit health plan foundations in the state of Massachusetts are led by dynamic women. In addition to being mission-driven executives, the threeNora Moreno Cargie, Karen Voci, and Audrey Sheltoare friends who champion each other’s careers. They are servant leaders who listen, learn, and truly engage with constituentsthey see leadership as a privilege. To achieve their goals as leaders of their foundations, they engage with stakeholders across the spectrumin the community and within community-based organizations, in the political and legislative realms, and in the corporate and philanthropic spheres.

Nora Moreno Cargie Karen Voci Audrey Shelto


Survey Says: Nonprofits Have Room to Grow

Two longtime friends of GuideStar, Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker, just released a report on research they conducted for their important new book, Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector.


Congratulations, 2017 CFO Honorees!

Congratulations to the 2017 honorees of the Nonprofit CFO of the Year Awards! Another superb class of finance professionals in the nonprofit and association community.

The Nonprofit CFO of the Year is Guy Sheetz, SVP and chief financial and administrative officer of the Futures Industry Association.


Leading with Empathy

When we think about the characteristics of a charitable organization—a “public benefit” corporation (that’s the official IRS moniker for charitable nonprofits)—elephants may not immediately come to mind. But for those of you who are familiar with research about elephants, you’ll know what I’m about to share and why I’m suggesting that nonprofit leaders should try to be more like elephants. A defining characteristic about elephants is that they treat one another with empathy. And right now, treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves feels very important.


Avoiding the High Cost of Ambiguous Decisions

Imagine this: You are leading your weekly team meeting, and you have just five minutes left to galvanize people around a critical decision that will affect many people. After quickly summarizing the discussion, you say that you think all are agreed and check if there are any objections. Hearing none, you close the meeting, feeling relief that the decision has finally been made.


What a Board Should Expect from an Interim CEO

Interim CEOs (or presidents or executive directors according to an organization’s naming convention), by their definition, serve during a period of transition for an organization. If the outgoing leadership change is unplanned, it may also be a time of upheaval Volunteer board members are suddenly thrust into more details around the organization’s financial and programmatic management, community and donor relations, and staff retention


The Impact of Form 1023-EZ


On July 1, 2014, the IRS released Form 1023-EZ (Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code). The purpose of this form is to make it easier for smaller charities to apply for and receive tax-exempt status.


How to Avoid Limitless Job Responsibilities in Nonprofit CEO Searches

Job descriptions for the CEO/executive director role can be expansive. They can also lead to limitless responsibilities that can send the most high-performing executives looking for the nearest exit before they even enter your nonprofit’s door. While some senior-level positions require leaders to wear many hats, candidates want to know that you have set reasonable expectations for what they can achieve as a new hire. 


Multi tasking with your eyes on the prize

 

Chief cook and bottle washer is a dated phrase that means a person with many jobs. I have been thinking about the phrase recently because I run into so many fundraisers in small organizations are frustrated by the variety of different jobs they have.  Fundraising involves five very different skill sets.


Nonprofit Excellence in an Outcomes-Based World

 

Clarity is the first step to nonprofit excellence.

Social change is hard. It is no small matter to shift the systemic patterns of society that have left people struggling with poverty and inequality. But we in the nonprofit sector have devoted ourselves to just that work. And we want to know how we’re doing.


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