CNL Did You Know… Evaluation is a Must

December 12, 2017

Performance assessments often raise concern and even fear. Many people associate them with judgment, unfairness, and the need to defend one’s actions. However, without appropriate monitoring and feedback, it is difficult to evaluate whether you, your board, and your organization are meeting goals and making progress. In a nonprofit, there are three different types of Read More…

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Sector Share: Strategic Leadership Using Evaluation

December 12, 2017

Evaluations can help organizations assess their overall organizational health and how well the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and staff are contributing to an organization’s health and impact.  One way to look at organizational health is to look at the extent that Strategic Leadership is being utilized. The following is based on these tools: Diagnostic Read More…

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Info Session: Take Control of Your Finances

October 23, 2017

Understanding Nonprofit Financial Leadership There is an important distinction between financial management and financial leadership. Financial management is the collecting of financial data, production of financial reports, and solutions of near-term financial issues. Financial leadership, on the other hand, is guiding a nonprofit organization to sustainability. To be a successful financial leader, you must be ever mindful of essential nonprofit business Read More…

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Sector Share: Telling Your Story – Board Members

October 10, 2017

Joy Folkedal, Governance Specialist & Curriculum Developer, with Board Source, offers a set of resources for Board Members to consider in telling your organization’s story. Create “Mission moments” at board meetings and staff meetings to share stories which can then be shared with other networks about how your organization is advancing its mission. In our Read More…

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Sector Share: Telling Your Story – Executive Directors

October 10, 2017

Joe Garecht offers advice for Executive Directors on How to Tell a Compelling Story in The Nonprofit Fundraising Digest. The Digest is updated daily with the best articles on nonprofit development from around the web, and offers a free Weekly Fundraising Round-Up by email.  Although this post focuses on fundraising, these tips apply to whatever circumstance requires storytelling Read More…

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CNL… Did You Know – Telling Your Story; The WHY

October 10, 2017

Question:  I care deeply about my nonprofit, but WHY do I really need to become a public speaker as long as I can talk to my Board and clients about our work? Answer:  Because the ability to speak directly, concisely, and honestly about our work builds interest and confidence in our organization. Public speaking comes Read More…

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Talk Like TED: Creating a Dynamic Presentation

September 18, 2017

“Ideas are the currency of the 21st Century,” says Carmine Gallo in his bestselling book Talk Like TED. For nonprofit organizations and small businesses to reach their maximum potential, they must be able to communicate their ideas and tell their stories in ways that capture the attention of partners, donors, volunteers, and the public. Do Read More…

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Sector Share: Tips for Your Retreat: Do’s & Don’ts

June 19, 2017

WHAT TO DO Use icebreaker activities to help participants relax and get more comfortable with one another in this setting. Choose the activity based upon the culture and style of your organization and your goals for the retreat. Schedule a social event or group exercise before each formal session in the retreat. Get to work. Read More…

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Sector Share: A Retreat to Strengthen Organizational Goals, Communication & Teamwork

June 19, 2017

Organizational retreats are useful occasions to get away from day to day operations to focus on building trust, strengthening staff relationships, and educating people on some aspect of the organization’s mission, strategic goals and operations.  Where to start? What topics might be addressed? How much will it cost? The purpose and content of an organizational Read More…

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Joan’s Top 10 Ingredients For A Home Run Nonprofit Board Or Staff Retreat

June 19, 2017

From National Nonprofit Leader, Joan Garry: It’s all in the planning. Here’s what you need: The retreat must be owned by its participants.A top down approach is a recipe for failure. If YOU want to have a retreat because YOU think that the group should be discussing what YOU want, re-think and re-frame. When a Read More…

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