Thoughts on Future and Current Board Members

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If you want to encourage a board culture that seeks out authoritative sources to help inform their governance role, you may want to consider giving a board member an article, blog post, or book (either physically, or on loan through an e-reader). Ask them to summarize the text at a future meeting. Here are some recommended resources….

Being Deliberate About Non-profit Organizational Culture

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I’ve been thinking about organizational culture for a few weeks now. Initially prompted by the latest edition of the Harvard Business Review and the discussion on collaboration, I was reminded about the impact of organizational culture again this week by a news report regarding an alleged culture of cheating in the Atlanta Public School system (APS).

Reconsidering the Titles We Give Professional Fundraisers

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Within the profession we use awkward terminology to refer to the relationship donors share with the person that represents their connection with the organization (e.g. development director and major gifts officer). Neither of these titles reflect the balance professional fundraisers negotiate between donor intent and organizational need… a highly difficult task in light of donor advised funds, restricted gifts, and performance-driven grant making. These titles also fail to address the other aspects of the fundraising profession, the trust relationship.

Questioning Diversity in Fundraising

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Why don’t more nonprofits make an overt effort to incorporate diversity into their culture? Why doesn’t the topic of diversity come up when we talk about strategy at nonprofit staff meetings?

CFRE Updates Certification Requirements

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CFRE International sent me an E-mail yesterday announcing two revisions to the policies for initial and re-certification. I wasn’t able to locate this announcement on the CFRE website so here is the information for anybody considering to obtain this professional fundraising credential (I recommend you do, as do others). 1) Earning Continuing Education credits. Applicants […]