Posts tagged: collaboration

Supporting A Bolder Form of Leadership

I was reminded yesterday, at LeaderSpring’s A Bolder Form of Leadership luncheon, that non-profit organizations, on average, spend $29 a year on leadership development. Given how vital developing leadership is, this investment (or lack of it) is striking. In the NCRP’s report Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership, philanthropic support for leadership development is studied and found lacking. …   Read more

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Would You Rather Be Ethical or Effective?

At my first session at the Ashoka Future Forum called “Scaling Trust,” I witnessed again the power of story and vulnerability.  A woman of color executive director leading a movement of thousands strong asked a room full of social entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, funders, and investors: In fundraising, why do I so often have to choose between …   Read more

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Transforming Systems Through Leadership

 
“Be harder on the structure and softer on the people.”
-John Powell, Haas Institute

LeaderSpring trains their leaders to work effectively within the system, and to also work on the system–making it better and more equitable. They take a holistic approach to leadership and believe it is not enough to support leaders in doing their work, …   Read more

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Reversing the Trust Equation: What If Funders Had to Prove Our Trustworthiness (Instead of Grantees Having to Prove Theirs)?

Lately I’ve been inspired by the notion of changing the rules of the philanthropy game here in the U.S., like Professor Ray Madoff’s challenge to institutions with over six hundred billion dollar endowments be required to pay out more than 5% and stop using “charities” as tax shelters for amassing wealth.  Professor Madoff’s ideas seem …   Read more

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Common Application: Philanthropy and Increasing Accessibility

What would it be like if foundations didn’t have to be catered to by nonprofits vying for funding for their mission-driven work?
Having been a student and researcher for most of my life, in addition to working for several nonprofits, I have done–and will continue to do–many types of applications. While doing certain applications for …   Read more

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