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How to Stop Your Nonprofit's After-Hours Email Habit

I recently taught several leadership development workshops at the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership based on my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. One of the workshops focused on technology wellness in the nonprofit workplace, more specifically on how to avoid collaborative overload.

Four More Organizations You Might Not Know Are Nonprofits

For our second rendition of “Four Organizations You Might Not Know Are Nonprofits,” we scoured the Earth for juicy tidbits and fun factoids about the nonprofit world.

Okay, you caught us. We didn't really search the globe, we merely did some really fantastic web surfing. And we found some interesting organizations.

Some you probably have heard of (Exhibit A: Yale University). Others, not so much (Exhibit B: The Modern Woodmen of America). So here goes …

7 Hopeful Trends in Philanthropy

The GuideStar Blog welcomes Vu Le as a monthly contributor for his column, Point of Vu. The preceding is a cross-post of a May 9th article from his blog, Nonprofit with Balls

Hi everyone. Last week I was in Minneapolis for the GEO (Grantmakers for Effective Organizations) conference. I was there primarily to give a short talk called “Want to Help Communities of Color? Stop "Trickle-Down Community Engagement” and avoid work. But I stuck around for most of the conference, mainly because funder conferences always have way better food and booze. I was trying to hoard appetizers, having developed this unconscious fear of being in places traditionally reserved for funders. If I was going to get found out as an unwashed nonprofit Wildling and asked to leave, by golly I was going to take as many grilled artichoke hearts with me as I could.

Quid Pro Quo: The Fastest Way to Deaden Your Board

 Board members hate quid pro quo fundraising, and I don’t blame them. How intrusive to ask one’s board members to cough up their entire contact list, and how unstrategic.I recently led one of the many board trainings I conduct each year, and heard the same complaints I always hear:

  • “I don’t want to ask all my friends because they’ll ask me in return.”
  • “My friends are deadbeats. I’m tired of asking and not getting anywhere.”
  • “My friends are cheap. They give less to my organization than I give to theirs.”
  • “I’m tapped out. I’ve asked everyone I know.”
  • “They have their own organizations and areas of interest. They’re not interested in mine.”

And they’re right! All these are valid reasons for them not to want to cast the net wide. They should be valid reasons for you as well.

The Role of Community Foundations in Change and Sustainability


Getting Heard


How effectively are your nonprofit’s communications cutting through the clutter?

Social Media for Nonprofits – Chicago 9/27


Is your nonprofit interested in using social media for fundraising, marketing, and advocacy? Hear practical tips and tools from top experts at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Groupon, Zynga, See3, Community Media Workshop, National Geographic, and more, all while enjoying some great networking with your nptech peers. See full details at:

Quick hits from the Social Media for Nonprofits NYC conference


I had the pleasure of learning, teaching, sharing, and absorbing lots of great ideas at Social Media for Nonprofits, a conference series curated by Darian Rodriguez Heyman and Ritu Sharma and sponsored by NTEN. The conference made its New York debut, after passing through San Francisco and Washington, DC, where it similarly drew large crowds of eager nonprofit staffers, enthusiastic consultants, and yes, even a few services.

The Importance of Communication in Nonprofit Management

I joined a friend for lunch the other day to talk about a course he is teaching on management and organization. I used the occasion to dig back into my files (I still have some paper files!) to look at one of my favorite articles from the Harvard Business Review - all the way back to March 1978: Zen and the Art of Management by Richard Tanner Pascale. I think the article still holds up. It foreshadows some of the wisdom of Jim Collins and his assessment of the importance of the team to any great organization’s success (or later fall from greatness).

Be There: Social Media for Nonprofits-8/22 @ UCLA


We know that most of you are busy running your own nonprofit organizations, as well as serving on nonprofit boards and participating in side projects designed to make the world a better place. This post is for you, as well as those of you with nonprofit types in your networks.