Category Archives: Technical Assistance

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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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

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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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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

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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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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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