Five Ways to Maintain Culture in a Virtual Environment

Let’s start by defining organizational culture. My favorite definition is that culture is your organization’s personality and refers to how you “do things.” As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” And that is your culture.

Strong organizations pay close attention to their culture. As more and more of us are working virtually, it has become harder to maintain an awesome culture. Below are five tips for building or maintaining […]

2020-11-04T14:14:39+00:00November 3, 2020|

Open Office Hours in August

We’ve been talking one-on-one with a lot of you throughout June and July and some common themes and threads have been emerging – you are working hard, you care deeply for those who you serve, you share worries for what’s ahead in the fall and the unknown, and there are definitely culture shifts amongst your staff as a result from working from home.

We’ve […]

2020-07-28T12:16:53+00:00July 28, 2020|

HAYVN HalfTime | Radical Reflection

In early June, Debra gave a HAYVN Half Time webinar on radical reflection. What is radical reflection you might ask? Good question! It’s all about facing the uncertainties in your personal life and your professional life and how you can map out different “realities” that might happen. A first step is to do an honest inventory of yourself, your organization, and the larger environment.

We designed this radical reflection process as […]

2020-07-10T18:39:25+00:00June 5, 2020|

Nonprofit Scenario Planning

Nonprofit scenario planning offers organizations tools for strategic thinking and decision making. It helps you to identify the uncertainties you are facing and map out different “realities” that might happen. It sounds simple, and part of it is. It can also make a difference in your ability to navigate these rough waters more adeptly.

Scenario planning helps you react quickly and decisively, recognize or mitigate risk, plan for growth, and choose […]

2020-07-10T22:04:28+00:00June 2, 2020|

Is it Time for Radical Reflection?

The dust is settling a bit, and we are just beginning to consider the future. We don’t know what that future is going to look like, but it is going to be different than the past, for sure.

Here is what I know… nonprofits are strong and resilient. When I look around, I see nonprofits leading the way during this pandemic. Our communities and the people we serve expect no less.

In […]

2020-06-02T21:06:20+00:00April 16, 2020|

Nonprofit Strategic Alliances

Nonprofits work best when they work together! Whether it is a partnership, collaboration, or merger, strategic partnerships are an arrangement between one or more organizations to work together in an intentional manner toward a shared vision, helping each to better achieve their mission.

Nonprofit strategic partnerships allow for administrative efficiencies (e.g., economies of scale, new funding opportunities), potential programmatic opportunities (e.g., expansion, sustainability), and organizational development (e.g., strengthen leadership and impact). The […]

2020-06-05T17:45:52+00:00April 10, 2020|

Four Elements of a Kickass Nonprofit Board

“A good board is a victory, not a gift.”  –Cyril O. Houle

As many of you know, I have taught at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service for almost 20 years. Without a doubt, I love teaching. Every once in a while, it is nice to be the student not the teacher. Recently I attended a three-day workshop on nonprofit governance at BoardSource in Washington. What I learned certainly validated […]

2020-06-02T21:02:13+00:00March 18, 2020|

Defining Your Organizational Values

Organizational values are your organization’s “True North.” They represent the core of who you are, what you do, and how you define success. They are powerful reminders of the culture you want to create and live, and how you want to accomplish your mission. They are your “fixed point in a spinning world” that help you stay on track.

It might sound soft but defining your organization’s core values and incorporating […]

2020-06-02T21:07:58+00:00December 10, 2019|

Five Reasons Why Succession Planning is Important

The best leaders think carefully about what will happen when they leave. Because at some point they will. It seems pretty simple yet many organizations prefer to ignore that fact. Whether the departure is planned or a surprise, early planning can help ensure a smooth, or at least a smoother, transition.

What is succession planning?

Succession planning is an ongoing process where organizations identify and groom high performing candidates for key positions. […]

2020-06-02T21:10:08+00:00November 18, 2019|

How to be a Successful Nonprofit Board Chair

In September, Debra conducted a training for over 30 board chairs at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. One of the participants suggested we have a cheat sheet with tips on how to be a successful board chair — tips for what to do before you take on the role, what to do once you are chair, and how to leave on a high note. […]

2020-06-02T21:12:03+00:00October 10, 2019|
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