Leadership

Leadership, Nonprofit Boards, Succession Planning

Moving From Dissonance to Harmony: Managing Conflict on the Board

DRG staff

Power struggles, miscommunication, and differences of opinion are bound to show up on any nonprofit board and can intensify when an organization is undergoing an executive transition. When conflict arises, one’s first instinct might be to avoid it, but conflict can actually present an opportunity for organizational growth if it is addressed wisely. It may […]

Fundraising, Leadership

What You Do After You Get A Donation Is More Important Than You Think

DRG staff

Philanthropists gravitate to organizations that value transparency. The process of securing a major gift doesn’t just stop once a donation is given. Today’s philanthropists want more information about how their contributions are helping you to meet the needs of your community. That may include financial reports or inviting donors to site visits so that they […]

Fundraising, Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership

The Nonprofit CFO As An Internal Spokesperson

DRG staff

You’re looking for grants. Why should you read on? A strong relationship with your CFO is important because: Foundations will want to know if you have the infrastructure to be able to report accurately on the grants. They will want detailed information about what the money is being used for, which requires coordination with program […]

Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Nonprofit Boards

Seeing Beyond the Fog in Nonprofit Startup Environments

DRG staff

When an executive is called upon to address an existing or evolving need in society at a brand-new nonprofit, there are many challenges that he or she faces in promoting the organization’s mission, especially if there are limited resources, systems and staff. This is also a rare opportunity for a visionary leader to mold an […]

Leadership

The Key to Success for Seasoned Leaders

DRG staff

 At a time when many longtime nonprofit leaders are approaching retirement age and preparing to transfer governance to their successor, other seasoned leaders are electing to continue leading their organizations. As a consultant with more than three decades of experience working in retained executive search in the nonprofit sector, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting […]

Leadership

Harnessing the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Tomorrow’s Leaders

DRG staff

Last month, the Chronicle of Philanthropy released its “40 Under 40” list, which featured young advocates, program directors, executive directors and other nonprofit professionals who are working to find innovative solutions to our most pressing social issues. Some of the professionals who were featured were millennials who launched nonprofit start-ups to meet the needs of […]

Leadership

The Secrets for a Successful First Year as a Nonprofit CEO

David Edell

During your first-year as a CEO of a nonprofit, you might find that the classroom conversations and executive education that you participated in doesn’t necessarily prepare you for the real-world challenges that you face in the position. When I sat on a panel, along with Martha Sullivan, CEO of Gouverneur Health, a few months ago […]

Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership

Closing the Leadership Gap by Improving Millennial Recruitment Strategies

DRG staff

How is your nonprofit organization developing millennial leaders for senior-level opportunities in the Jewish sector? With C-suite vacancies on the rise and the recent news that millennials have now surpassed Gen-Xers as the largest generation in the American workforce, the impending leadership gap is something that no organization can afford to ignore. One of our […]

Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Management

Developing a Culture of Connection at Your Nonprofit

DRG staff

How would you describe the organizational culture at your nonprofit? In his new book, Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work, Michael Lee Stallard says that many organizations aren’t reaching their full potential because their workplaces are driven by cultures of indifference and control. He describes a culture of […]

Leadership, Nonprofit Boards, Succession Planning

7 Ways to Take Charge of Succession Planning

David Edell

As CEOs around the nation step down from leadership positions at nonprofits, their boards are faced with the challenging task of finding their successors, but few are prepared. According to a recent report by Third Sector New England, a Boston-based resource center for nonprofits, 64% of executives planned to leave their jobs within the next […]