Tag Archives: Technical Assistance

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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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 Organization 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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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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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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Board Leadership: My Path to Becoming Board President

Posted on by Mary Lev, The Center for Contemporary Art Board President

A funny thing happened to me about a year ago. After several months of “heavy volunteering” at The Center for Contemporary Art, I was invited to join the organization’s board. I was surprised and thrilled to be asked, and accepted … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Programming Your Nonprofit Fundraising GPS

Posted on by Allison Trimarco, The Nonprofit Center

How to Help the Board Find a Fundraising Route that Works We know that boards of directors can play a critical role in fundraising for a nonprofit — but we also know that this is a chronic area of concern … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Developing an Appreciation for Depreciation

Posted on by Hilda Polanco, Founder and CEO of Fiscal Management Associates

For board members who do not have a background in finance and accounting, the concept of depreciation can be somewhat of a mystery. What is it really? And if no one is showing up on our organization’s doorstep with a … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: The Key to a Strong Founder-Board Relationship

Posted on by Laura Otten, Executive Director, The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University

  I love founders. When I think of amazing nonprofits and the incredible work they do, I cannot help but appreciate the creative and dedicated individuals who gave them their starts. But every up-side has a down-side — even when … Continue reading

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Register Today for Dodge’s Public Image Works Series

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Getting attention in today’s world can be challenging. It’s no longer enough to rely solely on traditional media or grassroots engagement to get a story out to the public and garner support. That’s why we teamed up with Social Impact Studios … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Strategic Planning — It’s Not a Sprint

Posted on by Allison Trimarco, Principal, Creative Capacity, LLC

What’s the most common phone call that consultants get from nonprofits? “We’re doing a strategic plan and we’re having our retreat on such-and-such a date. Can you help us?” This call usually indicates that the organization is hoping to sprint … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: The Difficulties of Being Board President

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Believe it or not, not every board member wants to rise to board president. Sometimes the reluctance is even extreme. A recent voicemail from an outgoing board president reflected a directive from her board: Can we find someone the organization … Continue reading

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