Category Archives: Technical Assistance

Board Leadership: The doctor will see you now

Posted on by Dodge

Robert Frost once wrote, “An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.” As a former English teacher and current consultant to non-profit organizations, I couldn’t agree more. I thought about metaphors as … Continue reading

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The Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: A Title Conundrum

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen, Pro Bono Partnership

I often wonder if it is productive to try to fashion a catchy title for a post, particularly when you could be the only person who thinks it is catchy. This one’s a stretch. The driver for this title is … Continue reading

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Introducing: Our new, streamlined Board Leadership Series

Posted on by Wendy Liscow, Technical Assistance Director

For more than a decade, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has provided a comprehensive Board Leadership Series free of charge to our grantees to ensure nonprofit boards and staff access the training, resources, and peer-to-peer mentorship that enable them to accomplish organizational … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: The ‘duty to read’

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

If you have attended one of the workshops presented by Pro Bono Partnership that includes a discussion on nonprofit governance, you likely have heard us talk about the three legal duties of nonprofit trustees and officers. In New Jersey, these … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Raising Unrestricted Revenue

Posted on by Nancy Eberhardt, Pro Bono Partnership

Are you tired of endless grant applications, expenditure tracking, report writing? Do you know that you have great services and could probably market more great services or products through a natural expansion of your programs? Are you thinking it would just … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Want a Stronger, More Diverse Board? Start Here

Posted on by Laura Otten, Dodge Technical Assistance

Diversity on boards has long been a hot topic. While it has always been a best practice to have a board of directors that is reflective of your constituency, too few have lived up to that best practice. In the … Continue reading

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Feeling Burned out? 7 Steps to Get Back Your NGO Mojo

Posted on by Yvette R. Murry

You’re probably so busy that you don’t have time to read this post. But, please stop multi-tasking and resist the pull to check your phone. I have an important question: Lately, when you walk into your non-profit job in the … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Sorting through the dreaded 501c3 reporting obligations

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

Paperwork. Reporting requirements. I know. This isn’t a very captivating topic. But many tasks that nonprofits need to attend to aren’t captivating. But this is an important topic, one that if ignored could put your nonprofit at significant risk of … Continue reading

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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

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

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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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