The Balance Needed to Protect Your Nonprofit’s Vision

Most nonprofits have to balance many, many priorities and obligations, especially if they have Medicaid contracts or contracts with the state’s Department of Family and Children Services or the Department of Juvenile Justice. Between raising funds and doing the work and protecting the people you serve and protecting the employees and volunteers who help you do […]

What Are Your Nonprofit’s Keystone Habits?

Organizations have habits If you looked around your nonprofit, you’d find that people do things a certain way. If you’ve worked for other organizations, you’d be able to compare and contrast the various organizational habits that drive the culture, work, and relationships. Charles Duhigg in his book The Power of Habit talks about how the […]

To Sustain, You Must Sustain

I loved this Tweet  from Gayle Gifford, nonprofit consultant and strategist with Cause & Effect, where she quotes Ron Finley about sustainability (the video is a great Ted Talk, too – go check it out): Ron Finley: Funny thing about sustainability, you've got to sustain it. http://t.co/Xc2NHrmUue — Gayle L. Gifford (@gaylegifford) April 30, 2014 The TED […]

What Will You Do With This Week?

Or are you planning anything? Do you have something in mind that you’d love to see happen by Friday? What one strategy can you implement? What one action can you take daily to chip away at a goal? What donor can you call to thank? What client can you push just a little harder for […]

Protect Your Vision by Thinking Big

One of the most effective ways to protect a nonprofit’s vision is to help the stakeholders think bigger. While some organizations get lost in the clouds of idealism, most get bogged down in the weeds of daily tedium – spreadsheets, emails, phone calls, appointments, and so forth. We get the work done, but we start losing […]

Just Quit It

I’ve been diving deep into this idea of strategic quitting. Today, I got an email regarding a billing issue from one of my clients. While I know I can research and figure out the answer, I also know that I should not do it. My value is not in looking up billing information. My value is learning […]