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Board Leadership: Reaching consensus

Posted on by Allison Trimarco

What does it really mean to reach agreement in a group? Many nonprofits operate with the goal of consensus in mind – the idea that we should work together to reach decisions that everyone on our team can support. This … Continue reading

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Technical Assistance: Choosing to change board culture

Posted on by Laura Otten, Technical Assistance Faculty

Diversity has been the talk of, and about, boards for a long time, albeit with more talk than action. Boards of nonprofits remain, according to BoardSource’s 2017 Leading with Intent: Overwhelmingly white Pretty evenly split between male and female, but … Continue reading

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What your organization needs to become resilient

Posted on by Hilda Polanco

The term “financial resilience” has proliferated in the capacity-building community as a north star for nonprofit organizations. But how do you get resilient, especially when it comes to your finances? Based on FMA’s 20 years of supporting small to mid-sized … Continue reading

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Is your board giving policy helping your diversity initiatives — or holding them back?

Posted on by Regular Contributor

Adopting a board giving policy has become fairly commonplace in our country’s nonprofit sector. Board giving policies provide clarity about the board’s anticipated role as individual donors, as well as the organization’s expectations in terms of fundraising participation. This practice … Continue reading

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How and why your organization’s culture and values matter

Posted on by Laura Otten, Technical Assistance Faculty

Ensuring a clear, strong mission statement and equally solid core values are two of the most important policies that a board is ever asked to create, as these are the core ideology  the defining elements  ̶̶  of an organization’s culture. … Continue reading

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Kicking off the new year of board leadership learning

Posted on by by David Grant, former president and CEO, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation 

For those of us involved with the Dodge Foundation Board Leadership Series, each New Year actually begins in the fall. We leave the champagne and hugging for January, but we do a pretty good job in October of looking ahead with a sense of hope and new possibilities. Our New … Continue reading

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New Jersey celebrates Arts in Education Week

Posted on by Arts Ed NJ

    It’s back to school time and that means next week is National Arts in Education week. It is such a critical time to show your support for arts education in New Jersey. Arts Education creates not just artists but … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Financial Projections Help to Flesh Out Scenario Plans

Posted on by Hilda Polanco, Board Leadership Facilitator

Allison Trimarco’s post “Living in (and Planning for) Interesting Times” does an excellent- — and practical — job of walking organization leaders through the process of scenario planning in conditions of uncertainty. As Allison says — “The right time to … Continue reading

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Annual Conference Will Offer Education, Inspiration to the Social Sector

Posted on by Linda M. Czipo, Center for Non-Profits

The Center for Non-Profits will present its annual New Jersey non-profit conference, Charting Our Course, Claiming Our Future, at the Palace at Somerset Park on December 7, 2016. The conference will explore the challenges and opportunities non-profits face, individually and … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Politics and Public Charities Don’t Mix

Posted on by Nancy Eberhardt, Pro Bono Partnership

Thomas Mann famously said that “Everything is politics,” and in some senses, he was correct.  But 501(c)(3) organizations must avoid election-related political activity at all costs. With a fiercely-contested national election campaign underway, and state and local races heating up, … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Board Engagement — When Missing Lunch is a Good Sign

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen, Pro Bono Partnership

Pro Bono Partnership is served a regular diet of questions about nonprofit board roles and responsibilities and about developing an effective board. We can help explain the legal niceties that apply to the first topic, and provide some practical ideas … Continue reading

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Arts Ed Now: A Look Back at Teen Arts Festivals

Posted on by Kira Campo, New Jersey Arts Education Partnership

After numerous county festivals in March, April and May, the final New Jersey Teen Arts Festival of 2016 was held at Ocean County College on June 1-3. The three-day, statewide festival brought students to campus from throughout the Garden State. … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Finding the Levers in Your System

Posted on by David Grant, former President and CEO, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

We recently concluded the 2015-16 Board Leadership Series with a workshop titled “Turning Learning Into Action.” Near the end, I posed a question: “Can you effectively influence something that matters to you by focusing on changing something else?” The answer … Continue reading

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Why Is Dodge’s Technical Assistance Worth Your Time?

Posted on by Regular Contributor

  Nonprofits typically know when they need capacity building work, be it board development, marketing support, fundraising or strategic planning. However, they often launch into major planning efforts without the needed resources and readiness to properly develop or implement the changes they … Continue reading

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Announcing Dodge’s Board Leadership Training Series

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The Dodge Foundation is excited to launch the 15th year of our Technical Assistance initiative with the announcement of the fall schedule for our Board Leadership Training Series, a free workshop series open to Dodge grantees. The Board Leadership series, … Continue reading

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