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Why is change so hard?

Why is change so hard? | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it

Change is never easy. Change is a bumpy process. Change is uncomfortable. And it create problems. But why is change so hard?  


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Why is change so hard?  Here is a good article on change, transition and leadership which can be applied to any workplace or volunteer community.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 3, 6:46 AM

(From the article): People go through the phases of transition at their own pace, not necessarily at the pace of others or the pace of an organization. It is important for people to be supported throughout each phase.

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Governments cracking down on foreign money for NGOs

Governments cracking down on foreign money for NGOs | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
“WE’RE not dealing with civil society members but paid political activists who are trying to help foreign interests here.” So claimed Viktor Orban, Hungary’s...
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This is scary. I know some of you work/have worked for international political and aid organizations.  What say you?

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Bankers as Philanthropists

Bankers as Philanthropists | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
Rise of the new philanthropists The Nation As wealth shifts towards emerging markets, a new generation of philanthropists are entering the world stage. They want to give back, not just by...
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Bankers want to step in and become philanthropists - particularly in developing markets.  So, is this venture philanthropy or just another way to have "donor advised funds", which are managed by community foundations here.  Should banks be involved in this way?

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Good News: IRS Agrees To Monitor Religious Groups For Political Campaigning

Good News: IRS Agrees To Monitor Religious Groups For Political Campaigning | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
Once the IRS begins to clamp down, we should hope to see either less religious interference in politics, or a loss of tax exempt status for these groups.
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Churches and places of worship receive benefits unlike any other nonprofit organization.  For example, unlike all other tax-exempt nonprofits, they aren't required to file a report of revenue and expenses - including listing large donors -- like other "charitable" 501(c)(3) organizations.  I feel if they want this freedom from oversight, they need to do a better job of playing by the rules - no politicking, and no campaigning.  If they want to engage in these forms of activities, there are other legal (tax-exempt/nonprofit) forms they can take.

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5 Bad Reasons to Choose a For-Profit Social Enterprise over Nonprofit

5 Bad Reasons to Choose a For-Profit Social Enterprise over Nonprofit | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
Rich Leimsider takes on a number of misconceptions people have about for-profit social enterprises being better than nonprofits.
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For-profit social enterprises are kind of all the rage right now, and nonprofits are disparaged.  This blog post tackles some of the myths that somehow for-profits are the best choice. For example, if for-profits are so good at earning and managing their money, why do 50% of start-up businesses fail?

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Embezzled Funds? What Should the Board Do?

Embezzled Funds? What Should the Board Do? | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
So what should a board do once it suspects or has discovered evidence of embezzlement?
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A good guide to consider. However, make sure you understand your obligations under local, state or federal laws regarding reporting the crime to authorities.  You might not have an option to keep it private. 


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Making Nonprofit Management Programs Relevant

Making Nonprofit Management Programs Relevant | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
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This is an interesting article outlining the ways that we, as educators, can do a better job of preparing leaders for the future trends in the nonprofit sector. 

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Is The American Gives More Act Good or Bad for Nonprofits?

Is The American Gives More Act Good or Bad for Nonprofits? | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
The America Gives More Act passed the House of Representatives this week. Just about every Republican who could find his or her way to the floor voted in favor of the proposed charitable incentives for food donations, conservation easements, and the IRA rollover, but most Democrats, including the most powerful members of the House leadership, voted against the bill and the White House is threatening a veto. Why are Democrats giving House Republicans a legislative “win” on these charitable giving incentives, and how might they craft a strategy that brings Democratic support under the proper terms of engagement?
Dyana Mason's insight:

Rick Cohen offers some good insights to the debate around the America Gives More Act, makes some changes to the tax incentives people (and mostly wealthy people) have to contribute to charity.  It's supported mostly by Republicans, and is opposed by the Obama Administration. Worth the read.

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Gyms challenge the Y's Tax-Exempt Status

Gyms challenge the Y's Tax-Exempt Status | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
YMCAs continue to fend off challenges to their tax-exempt status—this time, in Idaho.
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For-profit gyms are unhappy that YMCAs are tax-exempt. So, they're challenging them.  This is scary, as more and more for-profits enter fields that have traditionally been led by nonprofit organizations.  Being "non-profit" is more than just being tax-exempt, it means that the orgs can't pass on profits to shareholders. Do the private gyms know that? In addition, while the Y does have the fitness centers that come with a membership fee, they also offer low-cost, and free, programs to low-income families and children.

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12 Reasons Why You Should Gracefully Resign from a Nonprofit Board

12 Reasons Why You Should Gracefully Resign from a Nonprofit Board | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
With all of the talk about the need for good trustees, there are a number of excellent reasons to NOT sit on a particular board of directors. Gene Takagi lists a dozen.
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From the Nonprofit Quarterly. Many of these reasons may also help suggest that you aren't ready to serve on the Board in the first place.

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Do You Have These Seven Leadership Qualities?

Do You Have These Seven Leadership Qualities? | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it

What does it take to be a great leader?


Once upon a time, birth order and socioeconomic status were considered powerful determinants in who would successfully climb the ladder.


Lately, though, the focus has shifted to personal qualities.

Guiding vision, passion, and integrity are well known leadership traits. But there are lesser known leadership traits, as well--in fact, some historically have been perceived as weaknesses.


These hidden traits can be developed and nurtured to help further your career and your role as a leader, at work, in your community, or in life in general.


See if you just might have some or all of these personal qualities that lend well to leadership:


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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My favorite on this list is modesty, which I think is a seriously undervalued skill/talent in the workforce.  A good leader is one that makes those they work with look good (without taking all the credit for themselves).

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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, July 8, 4:14 AM

Hidden traits you can develop and nurture to advance your career and your role as leader.

Dian J Harrison, MSW, MPA's curator insight, July 8, 5:03 PM

Some of the best leaders I've met are those that are at the community level....no formal education or training and called informal leaders.   But they are knowledgeable about community issues, are passionate, have loads of integrity and are very humble!  Good share Dyana! I couldn't agree with you more.


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Giving USA's 2014 Report Shows Continued Growth in Fundraising

Giving USA's 2014 Report Shows Continued Growth in Fundraising | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
Those who don't seek charitable donations for a living can usually be forgiven for one of the most common misperceptions in American philanthropy: that foundations and corporations represent the "big money" in nonprofit fundraising. They do not. Year after year, individuals in the U.S. are responsible, in the main, for [...]
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In case you missed it, Giving USA's 2014 report shows that giving continues to rise, 4.4% and several sectors have finally surpassed their pre-recession levels.

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Bye-Bye Textbooks! How Digital Devices Are Reshaping Education Infographic

Bye-Bye Textbooks! How Digital Devices Are Reshaping Education Infographic | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it

“ The How Digital Devices Are Reshaping Education Infographic reveals information about how digital devices have changed the traditional education landscape.”


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Digital devices are re-shaping the classroom. I've seen some new tools in action.  As educators, we should learn how students are using these new tools and adjust our teaching appropriately.

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Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 18, 5:43 AM

De cómo la Digitalidad está acabando con los textos escolares clásicos: 

W. Bradley Gooderham's curator insight, June 20, 8:22 PM

In 2013/14, I only used novels in English class and even then only to provide time away from a screen.  Every other class and activity used digital resources and engaged technology to find, sort, contextualize, and share information.   This is a very interesting infographic. 

Dian J Harrison, MSW, MPA's curator insight, July 8, 5:09 PM

This definitely speaks to the support that older students will need to be successful in online programs!  For some of these students, the technology learning curve will be steep but doable....... especially if they are used to reading a book in print!

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Podcast: Nonprofits Should Care About Net Neutrality

Podcast: Nonprofits Should Care About Net Neutrality | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
Amy Sample Ward, chief executive of NTEN, explains why nonprofits should be concerned about the FCC proposal to allow premium Internet “fast lanes.”
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This podcast provides an overview of the ways in which an end to net neutrality could make it difficult for the nonprofit sector to serve their constituents.

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Nonprofit or not Nonprofit: Alternatives for Start-up Organizations

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This is good advice.  Have a good idea? Maybe forming a nonprofit is a good idea, but maybe not.  Joining with an existing group, or finding a fiscal sponsor, among other alternatives, might be the best choice for you.  Estimates suggest that 1/3 of nonprofits don't last five years.  Another 1/3 operate regularly in the red.

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Do Your Board Members Steer, or Row? (or Both?)

If your organization is like a boat, is your board engaged in steering, rowing, or both—or neither? Here’s how to tell. As described in the book Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Non
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As described in the book Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, to govern comprehensively, boards work in three modes: fiduciary, strategic, and generative. 

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Social welfare groups fail to report campaign expenditures in IRS filings

Social welfare groups fail to report campaign expenditures in IRS filings | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
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That massive loophole in campaign spending by nonprofit organizations caused by Citizens United (social welfare groups can now spend money on independent expenditures, without either forming a pac or reporting their donors) ?  Here's another consequence.

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Principles and Practice of Nonprofit Excellence

Principles and Practice of Nonprofit Excellence | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it

"Nonprofit organizations are different from business and government. One would reasonably expect to manage and govern them differently."

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A good contribution to consider in nonprofit management.

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Should Nonprofit Boards Be Dissolved?

Should Nonprofit Boards Be Dissolved? | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
Kim Klein takes on the age-old question among nonprofits: “Boards! (hunh!) What are they good for?” Her answer is well worth the read.
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Kim Kleiin, fundraiser extraordinaire, provides a commentary on why nonprofit boards are still relevant. @npquarterly

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Why do we work for nonprofits?

Why do we work for nonprofits? | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
In 1974, social documentarian Studs Terkel published Working. The core insights in the massive collection of interviews with ordinary people ring a
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Nonprofit managers would be well served to read about the ways we can make sure our employees are engaged and involved in the organization's mission.

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Health Care Facilities Leaving Poor Neighborhoods.

Health Care Facilities Leaving Poor Neighborhoods. | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
In major cities there are health deserts in most poor neighborhoods.
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Recent research shows that hospitals are closing at a fast clip, with more nonprofit hospitals closing than for-profit hospitals.  And the effects, not surprisingly, are that these facilities are more likely to close in poor neighborhoods - even when the facility is efficient. As the author says that when even well performing hospitals/more efficient hospitals are closing their doors, "no such market is present" for health care.

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Nonprofits can help immigrant children, but can't solve the problem.

Nonprofits can help immigrant children, but can't solve the problem. | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
The protestors in Murrieta, California who forced buses of unaccompanied immigrant children to turn back represented the worst of America—an ugly expression of nativism that should embarrass all of us who are the children, grandchildren, and descendants of immigrants ourselves. Nonprofits and faith-based groups are helping these kids, but the solution is comprehensive immigration reform—now.
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What is the appropriate role for nonprofit organizations as immigrant children continue to pour across the border? Providing basic services, of course, but can they do more to advocate for meaningful immigration reform?  Does it have to be one or the other (services or reform)?

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The Matrix Map: A Powerful Tool for Mission-Focused Nonprofits

The Matrix Map: A Powerful Tool for Mission-Focused Nonprofits | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
You may have heard of the Dual Bottom Line: the idea that strategic choices must serve both mission impact and financial viability. But how do you turn this idea into a quantitative decision-making tool? Blue Avocado columnist Steve Zimmerman summarizes the Matrix Map approach in this article adapted from the book he co-wrote with Jeanne Bell and Jan Masaoka, Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Choices for Financial Viability.
Dyana Mason's insight:

Interesting concept.   Nonprofit managers do need tools to help them understand how their programs fit together and contribute to their overall mission.  However, since most haven't mastered more straightforward strategic tools like the Balance Scorecard, I'm wary about adding another tool to the toolbox.

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Nonprofits: The DNA of Democracy

Nonprofits: The DNA of Democracy | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
Nonprofits have long understood that without political will, policies, and public weigh-in and buy-in, the most well-intentioned initiatives open themselves up to criticism and disregard the political support needed to ensure that what’s proposed is feasible and successful beyond the pilot phase.
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This is a really interesting article on the role of nonprofit organizations and their use of democratic processes, and how those processes support democracy itself.    

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Rural v. Urban Philanthropy, by Rick Cohen

Rural v. Urban Philanthropy, by Rick Cohen | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
Rick Cohen is liveblogging his experiences at this year’s annual meeting of the Council on Foundations. Here, he gives his impressions on presentations by Chuck Fluharty of the Rural Policy Research Institute and USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development, Doug O’Brien regarding the state of rural America.
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An interesting look at the problem of under-funding rural development projects, many of which affect people of color.

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How to do Strategic Philanthropy with Humans

How to do Strategic Philanthropy with Humans | Nonprofit Management and Leadership | Scoop.it
Albert Ruesga, the CEO of the New Orleans Community Foundation, never holds back in his blog, White Courtesy Telephone, when he believes that something in philanthropy or among nonprofits is awkwardly awry. Here, he weighs in on the strategic philanthropy debate in his own inimitable way.
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How to do Strategic Philanthropy with Humans, blog by Albert Ruesga via Nonprofit Quarterly

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For a somewhat verbose article (or maybe the caffeine hasn't kicked in yet), I do believe that Albert hit many salient points for strategy with humans surrounding philanthropy.  Nice work.