Category Archives: Technical Assistance

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

Posted in Technical Assistance | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Keeping Your House in Order

Posted on by Pro Bono Partnership

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

Posted in Leadership, Pro Bono Partnership, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Board Leadership, Collaboration, Community Building, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted on by Pro Bono Partnership

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

Posted in Nonprofit, Pro Bono Partnership, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Board Leadership, Leadership, Nonprofit, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Pro Bono Partnership, Technical Assistance | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Advocacy, Nonprofit, Pro Bono Partnership, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted on by Guest Blogger

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

Posted in Board Leadership, Philanthropy, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Nonprofit, Philanthropy, Pro Bono Partnership, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Pro Bono Partnership, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Thinking About a Merger? Good Reasons to Get Legal Advice at the Start

Posted on by Dodge

  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

Posted in Pro Bono Partnership, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Tips to Help Your Organization Comply with the DOL’s Revised White Collar Regulations

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

    A note to readers: On Wednesday June 22, Pro Bono Partnership will release a second employment law update on the recent U.S. Department of Labor changes to the rules governing white collar workers.  For the benefit of readers … Continue reading

Posted in Pro Bono Partnership, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Leadership, Philanthropy, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Treating Gender Diverse Individuals with Dignity and Respect Is Easy

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

  In two weeks, Pride Month will commence. It was created to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall Riots, which is considered a defining moment in commencement of the movement to protect the civil rights of people who are gender affirmed, … Continue reading

Posted in Pro Bono Partnership, Technical Assistance | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Technical Assistance: Getting Your Nonprofit Budget Past ‘One Day (or Year) at a Time’

Posted on by Hilda Polanco, Dodge Board Leadership Facilitator

For a nonprofit organization, the annual budgeting process is typically the primary vehicle for financial planning. Organizational leaders and stakeholders come to that process with a sense of plans and goals for the year, and (ideally) come to collective decisions … Continue reading

Posted in Technical Assistance | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment
Search the Blog
Subscribe
Categories
Recent Posts