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Inside the Executive Office: Trends that Challenge Nonprofit Leaders in 2017

David Edell

I recently prepared for a seminar with the Strell Executive Leadership Fellows at the Hunter School of Social Work. The subject was “What are the Trends Affecting Non Profit Leaders in 2017.” Much has been written about the subject. As I re-read many of these articles, and interviewed nonprofit CEOs in a variety of service […]

Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Management

Are Emotional Attachments Obstructing Your Nonprofit’s Growth?

Steven Goldberg

The emotional attachments that some nonprofit stakeholders possess are remarkably powerful. It takes enthusiasm, pride, dedication, and passion to coagulate a community of supporters who are loyal to an organization and its mission. These emotional attachments might include ideas, mindsets, feelings, programs, relationships, people, and places that are associated with a nonprofit. They may be […]

Leadership, Nonprofit Management

DRG Alumni Spotlight: Purna Rodman Conare

DRG staff

For Purna Rodman Conare, President and CEO of Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ), creativity and intelligence are among the key ingredients for effective leadership, but when coupled with humor, these qualities can help leaders navigate challenges, and make the world a better place for the most vulnerable populations. “It’s like going to the DMV […]

Career Transitions, Interviewing for a Position, Job Search

How to Excel in A Phone Interview with A Nonprofit Recruiter

DRG staff

If you want to move to the next level of the hiring process for a position in nonprofit, one of the most important things you can do is leave a positive first impression in a phone interview with a nonprofit recruiter. Associate recruiters are usually the first to begin reaching out to potential candidates during […]

Executive Coaching, Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Talent Management

5 Things You Need (and Don’t Need) to Improve Workplace Diversity

Kim-Monique Johnson

In their article, “Why Diversity Programs Fail,” sociology professors Frank Dobbin of Harvard University and Alexandra Kalev of Tel Aviv University, suggest that programs aimed at forcing leaders to change their behaviors may actually “activate” bias, rather than reduce it. They argue that companies get better results of increasing diversity when they abandon the scare […]

Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Management, Selecting A CEO, Supporting Your CEO

Leadership Transitions: The Importance of Clarifying Goals and Supporting Change

David Edell

DRG president David Edell with activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership on Nov. 20, 2016 in Chicago, IL. Photo courtesy of Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Photo by Dan Rest. Toward the end of last year, I was a speaker at two events. The first […]


DRG Alumni Spotlight: Corinne Hammons

DRG staff

Corinne Hammons’ interest in the nonprofit sector began as early as high school. When she was a student at Bryn Mawr, a Baltimore-based college-preparatory schools for girls, she landed an internship at the Baltimore Development Corporation, where its mission to spur economic growth and create jobs in Baltimore, Maryland inspired her. “I have a philosophy […]

Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Management, Onboarding, Selecting A CEO, Supporting Your CEO

Want to Build a Diverse Leadership Team? Start By Asking These 3 Key Questions

Kim-Monique Johnson

  If you are like most nonprofit leaders, you recognize the value of recruiting and retaining a diverse team for the success of your organization. You may have worked on strategic plans that integrate diversity as a key pillar aimed at achieving laudable goals such as reducing poverty, improving health outcomes, or advancing the arts. […]

Leadership, Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Management, Selecting A CEO

Is It Time for Your CEO to Step Down?

David Cheng

  The increasingly complex nonprofit environment makes run-of-the-mill leadership a risk to any organization that is interested in taking their mission to the next level. Nonprofits that are going through a transition need exceptional, progressive, enthusiastic leaders who can not only guide them through change, but also forecast future challenges and keep staff energized every […]

Career Transitions, First Year on the Job, Interviewing for a Position, Job Search, Leadership

The Hard Skills That Got You Here Won’t Get You There

David Edell

When boards are considering the skills that they need in their next leader, most of the time, the hard skills are the focus of the first set of interviews. Can the candidate raise money for the organization? Do they have experience working with the board? Can they manage large, complex issues? Do they understand finance? […]