Category Archives: Technical Assistance

Board Leadership: Relationships Among the Parts

Posted on by David Grant

Faithful readers of the Dodge Blog know that I have repeatedly urged practitioners in the social sector to “plan backwards” from a shared vision of success, using qualitative assessment rubrics as a tool. If you make time for the process … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: How to Spot and Address Conflicts of Interest in the Board Room

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We’ve all seen the headlines about possible conflicts of interest in the news lately, in stories of national interest and importance.  The topic is also important for all nonprofits to understand and address properly, regardless of whether those organizations’ activities … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Lawyers Giving Back to Their Communities

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

  Volunteers help make our communities stronger and nicer places to live. Their extraordinary efforts are the impetus for National Volunteer Week, celebrated this week, April 23-29, a time to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice … 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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Board Leadership: When Looking at Financials, Don’t Do What Seems Most Obvious

Posted on by Hilda Polanco, Dodge Board Leadership Facilitator

In the nonprofit sector, we’ve gotten used to complexity when it comes to assessing the performance of our organizations. An organization’s “effectiveness” can be a complex combination of benefits to constituents, social and political impact, cost efficiency, and even environmental … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Keeping Your House in Order

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As noted in Allison Trimarco’s February post, these are interesting times, replete with significant issues. To borrow some phrasing from Kipling, if you can stay focused on your mission, when all around you there is challenge and change, you will … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Living in — and planning for — interesting times

Posted on by Allison Trimarco

Staying on Track in an Unpredictable World We’re just a few weeks into 2017, and it already seems hackneyed to talk about how unpredictable the world has become. It’s not surprising that many nonprofits are already experiencing stress from the … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Does Your Organization Meet the Public Support Test? 

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Where Funding Comes From Matters Your nonprofit is pretty new and still small. It’s been operating on about $5,000 a year. Now a funder wants to give you a grant for $20,000. Or, it’s a mature charity, but an offer … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: How to use a competitive advantage exercise to better understand your organization’s strengths

Posted on by Allison Trimarco

How to use a “competitive advantage” exercise to better understand your organization’s strengths New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation – so it’s no surprise that it’s also densely populated with nonprofits. The National Center for … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: 7 Simple Suggestions for Making Your Lawyer Happy 

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

The New Jersey office of Pro Bono Partnership in 2015 helped 299 nonprofit clients with 654 formal projects and 788 resource calls. As we closed out 2016, we were well on the way to shattering those numbers, with the same … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Here’s an Election that Isn’t Contentious

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen, Pro Bono Partnership

One of the questions we ask as part of our screening process for new nonprofit clients is whether the organization engages, or plans to engage, in any legislative, political, or advocacy activities. If so, we would likely recommend that the … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: David Grant Imagines If Hillary and Donald Had a Rubric

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The stunning levels of negativity, distrust, and cynicism evident in the political sphere this fall stand in stark contrast to the spirit I encountered recently in three days of workshops with staff and board members of New Jersey nonprofits, courtesy … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Is Spinning Just Perspiring on a Bike?

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen, Pro Bono Partnership

I walked past the event calendar in my gym recently and was momentarily surprised to find that there are actually classes that teach spinning. Who knew? I did regain focus when I saw all those bicycle riders going nowhere. Often … 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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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Thinking About a Merger? Good Reasons to Get Legal Advice at the Start

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  So you’re thinking about a merger. Your board and staff meet with the other board and management, decide that the benefits of combining are substantial, and are ready to move on to next steps. You are working with a … Continue reading

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