Category Archives: Technical Assistance

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

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Look Hard for ‘Soft’ Skills on Your Board

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“What should we look for in recruiting good board members?” Our clients often ask us this question and, while there is no simple answer, there are some important considerations. This post focuses on “soft skills,” which can impact how well … Continue reading

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Technical Assistance: Three Common Operating Reserve Myths

Posted on by Hilda Polanco

How LUNA Could be the Key to Long-Term Sustainability  A recent study of the financial health of New York City nonprofits uncovered some disturbing trends: 10 percent are insolvent and 40 percent exist with virtually zero cash reserves. For nonprofit … Continue reading

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The Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Why Proactive Employment Law Advice Is Similar to a Fram Oil Filter

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

    You may recall the highly successful marketing campaign involving Fram oil filters. In a series of advertisements, an auto mechanic would advise drivers, “The choice is yours. You can pay me now, or pay me later,” suggesting that spending … Continue reading

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Technical Assistance: Are You Ready for Adaptive Planning?

Posted on by Allison Trimarco, Dodge Board Leadership Facilitator

You can’t go anywhere in the nonprofit sector these days without hearing people talk about how quickly the world around us is changing — and it’s true that the economy, philanthropic priorities, politics, and technology are all shifting right now. … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership: Why Does My Nonprofit Need a Lawyer?

Posted on by Nancy Eberhardt, Pro Bono Partnership

A note to readers: At Dodge, we know that nonprofit organizations often have legal questions and need support. For that reason, we have funded Pro Bono Partnership for 15 years. Over that time, we’ve witnessed the many ways their work supports … Continue reading

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Where Does an 800-pound Gorilla Walk?

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Anywhere It Wants To. Quick, before you do anything else: watch this 90-second video and follow the instructions (Don’t scroll down!):   OK…so, did you see a gorilla? It turns out that half of the people who watch that video don’t … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Our Mission is our Promise

Posted on by Laura Otten

Once each semester, I assign students in La Salle’s Masters in Nonprofit Leadership program, as well as the MBA students in my Nonprofit Management class, the task of evaluating the “goodness” of the mission statements of three nonprofits of their … Continue reading

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Public Image Works: On Cupcakes and Community

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Two things to know about me: I love cupcakes, and I enjoy celebrating birthdays, other people’s and my own. This year, I wanted to mark my birthday with a fun way to connect with my community in a fun way. … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Bullseye!

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

What does October conjure up for you? Fall foliage and apple cider? Baseball playoffs and Halloween costumes? Much as I appreciate those things, I primarily associate October with a favorite annual event: the kick-off of the Dodge Board Leadership Training … Continue reading

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Learning How Public Image Works

Posted on by Jesse Bacon, Social Impact Studios

I’ve been to a lot of trainings in my life, even since I “retired” from teaching in a classroom. The sad fact is that most of them were bad, enough that I remember the good ones to this day. The … Continue reading

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Why Is Dodge’s Technical Assistance Worth Your Time?

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  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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Board Leadership: 12 Steps to Recruiting Effective Board Members

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Finding effective board members is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work. Most boards have made it harder by having done it so poorly in the past that there are few left on the board unscathed and … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Welcoming the “Groan Zone”

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I was back in Morristown and Monroe Township last week to facilitate the last workshops of Dodge’s Board Leadership Training Series: Turning Learning Into Action. That’s harder than it sounds, because bringing any learning back to any organization raises the possibility … Continue reading

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What the Mad Men Finale Tells Us About Advertising, Storytelling and Dominant Social Power

Posted on by Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios Director

(SPOILER ALERT: If you’re still catching up with Mad Men and haven’t seen the series finale, don’t read this!) The reactions to the Mad Men series finale make for interesting social commentary. Not just because more people seem to have impassioned … Continue reading

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