Have you ever known a boss or a person in management who just seemed to be there by luck, not by skill or management ability?
Have you ever worked with a nonprofit leader that just would say NO to everything you suggested? Did you ever think, ‘Oh M. G. I can’t take it anymore” and run out? Did you ever want to partner with other nonprofits but feel stymied because your organization wasn’t nimble enough to take advantage of opportunities… [Keep Reading]
Alexandra Peters is a nonprofit consultant, educator, writer, and believer in the profound importance of effecting social change in the not for profit sector. For thirty years, Ms. Peters has worked to make the nonprofit world better. Today she does me the honor of guest-blogging! And apparently, she knew me when I was just a… [Keep Reading]
RE:Philanthropy wrote this review of Dan Pallotta’s talk to the council on philanthropy, and I just want to shout, “FRABJOUS DAY!” So tell me, as a fundraiser, would you like a higher salary? Would you like grants to fund your salary so that you can keep this nonprofit afloat, instead of your org looking at… [Keep Reading]
I mean, come on! We have tech for-profits starting up every day, and no one says to them, “There are too many tech startups! Cut it out already, there’s not enough need!”
Fun Fact: I used to live in Korea, and while I was there, I learned about the many flavors ice cream can be in foreign countries. Such as Durian. Red bean. Kimchi. Lychee. Such variety!
So have you ever seen a board member go from board straight to executive director of the same charity, without any previous nonprofit experience?
As ice cream flavors go, I think that’s probably kimchi rat surprise.
Rosetta Thurman said, “I’m no longer a nonprofit professional. I’m an entrepreneur.”
And she articulated something that I’ve been interested in addressing for awhile, but didn’t know how to say.
In 2001, a friend of mine came out to me. He had never told anyone he was gay. He was 20. He didn’t know where any resources were, despite living near Provincetown and Boston his whole life. Since I didn’t know a lot about various LGBTQ organizations, I pointed him to the now sadly defunct Planet Out (which now redirects to Gay.com), where I thought he might be able to find more people in the community. Then we went to Jacques Cabaret, a piano bar, but we couldn’t get in because I forgot my ID.
A reader emailed me recently and asked me to please please blog about something that she sees a lot, namely, people not understanding why we have all of these LGBTQ organizations, and why they are different, why we need them.
First off, I love that you’re helping women get wheels. When I worked in a domestic violence shelter, this is something that would hamper women in getting the services that they needed, whether baby-sitting, counseling, welfare, etc. A car can mean the difference between a job and no job, and between a woman having to return to an abuser or not. Thank you for recognizing this.
Tell them how you celebrate successes in your organization.
Tell them how you resolve conflict.
Tell them how you help people keep learning, and talk about advancement opportunities in your organization.
Tell them how you supplement their salary with generous time off, flex-time, work-from-home options, full health benefits, and bonuses if they go over goal with an event, grant, or appeal.
Have you ever worked for a big corporation? Did you feel burned out on that lifestyle? What were some contributing factors, if so? Want me to take a guess? I just read a blog post by Pamela Slim from Escape from Cubicle Nation, “An open letter to CXOs all over the world”. Here are the… [Keep Reading]