Category Archives: Technical Assistance

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: How do different generations approach their charitable giving?

Posted on by Allison Trimarco, Dodge Board Leadership Series Facilitator

The differences between generations has been a popular topic in recent years – and with good reason. The five adult generations currently living in America (yep, it’s five – people born in 1996 are now adults, so we’ve added Generation … Continue reading

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Making tough decisions with no road map

Posted on by Allison Trimarco, Dodge Technical Assistance Facilitator

Responding to the Current Moment Given that most nonprofits focus on bringing people together, the rapidly changing circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic and rapid decisions being made by government, communities, and organizations, such as restricting large gatherings, go straight to … Continue reading

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Nonprofit Professionals of Color Collective explores self-care, solidarity, and more

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The second session of the new Nonprofit Professionals of Color Collective, a monthly leadership workshop series providing a space where nonprofit professionals of color may engage in a supportive community for growth, professional development, and meaningful peer relationships, is all about … Continue reading

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Building a strategic planning process that works

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Strategic planning documents are valuable, but it’s the actual planning process that really makes a difference in the quality of the end product. How can you be sure that the time you spend building a strategic plan will provide you … Continue reading

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Dialogue across difference: Engaging with polarized perspectives

Posted on by Beth Zemsky, Dodge Board Leadership Facilitator

In this time of increased polarization, there is interest and concern about how to have productive conversations with colleagues, friends, family, and loved ones about diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice issues. By utilizing an intercultural developmental approach, we can … Continue reading

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Hiring the Executive Director: Keystone of board responsibility

Posted on by Laura Otten, Dodge Board Leadership facilitator

Embracing new leadership models: Free Press and Free Press Action recently announced Craig Aaron and Jessica J. González will lead the organization together as co-CEOs, saying in an email announcement, “We see clear benefits in sharing responsibility for the organization’s … Continue reading

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A new leadership collective for professionals of color in the sector

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  The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership are excited to announce the launch of The Nonprofit Professionals of Color Collective, a new leadership series beginning this month. The Nonprofit Professionals of Color Collective is designed to provide a caucus … Continue reading

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Dodge’s Board Leadership Series is here to help advance your mission

Posted on by Wendy Liscow

Calling all New Jersey nonprofit leaders. You know your staff and board, and you know what you need to advance your mission. Dodge’s Board Leadership Series is designed to help you best support these needs. We only have room for … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Reaching consensus

Posted on by Allison Trimarco

What does it really mean to reach agreement in a group? Many nonprofits operate with the goal of consensus in mind – the idea that we should work together to reach decisions that everyone on our team can support. This … Continue reading

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Technical Assistance: Choosing to change board culture

Posted on by Laura Otten, Technical Assistance Faculty

Diversity has been the talk of, and about, boards for a long time, albeit with more talk than action. Boards of nonprofits remain, according to BoardSource’s 2017 Leading with Intent: Overwhelmingly white Pretty evenly split between male and female, but … Continue reading

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What your organization needs to become resilient

Posted on by Hilda Polanco

The term “financial resilience” has proliferated in the capacity-building community as a north star for nonprofit organizations. But how do you get resilient, especially when it comes to your finances? Based on FMA’s 20 years of supporting small to mid-sized … Continue reading

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Is your board giving policy helping your diversity initiatives — or holding them back?

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Adopting a board giving policy has become fairly commonplace in our country’s nonprofit sector. Board giving policies provide clarity about the board’s anticipated role as individual donors, as well as the organization’s expectations in terms of fundraising participation. This practice … Continue reading

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Intercultural organizational development: Leaning into change

Posted on by Beth Zemsky, Technical Assistance Faculty

  Change can be challenging. It disrupts our sense of equilibrium, safety, and security. To manage change, we often try to overemphasize that which we believe we can hold constant. However, the only thing that is really constant is the … Continue reading

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How and why your organization’s culture and values matter

Posted on by Laura Otten, Technical Assistance Faculty

Ensuring a clear, strong mission statement and equally solid core values are two of the most important policies that a board is ever asked to create, as these are the core ideology  the defining elements  ̶̶  of an organization’s culture. … Continue reading

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Kicking off the new year of board leadership learning

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

For those of us involved with the Dodge Foundation Board Leadership Series, each New Year actually begins in the fall. We leave the champagne and hugging for January, but we do a pretty good job in October of looking ahead with a sense of hope and new possibilities. Our New … Continue reading

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