Who Took the Farmer’s Hat and how reflective dialogue can be good for your board

Tuesday night I started the board retreat with a reflective dialogue based on reading the children’s classic Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? I sent the book around the room, with a different board member reading each page. The reading took about five minutes. Then I asked this question: Why would a board consultant ask you …

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Renaming board committees

“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.” The theme of the November Nonprofit Blog Carnival is abundance. Moving from scarcity to abundance means we need to reframe how we see and think about our communities. I worked at City Year many years ago. City Year’s founders embodied the abundance mindset. …

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Five Questions for strategic thinkers

“You’re a strategic planning consultant? You must use Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions a lot.” Sinking feeling. As I stood by the grill with a beer in my hand at a recent summer party, I couldn’t come up with even one of his apparently essential strategic questions I mentioned some of the business thinkers we often …

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A grant seeker’s wish list

I prepared this grant seeker’s wish list for a foundation that had recently spun off from its corporate parent. What is it that nonprofits want or need from grant makers? At the very top, I put:  # 1: Flexible, unrestricted operating funds. According to the most recent data from The Foundation Center, only 23% of …

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A grant seeker’s wish list

I prepared this grant seeker’s wish list for a foundation that had recently spun off from its corporate parent. What is it that nonprofits want or need from grant makers? At the very top, I put:  # 1: Flexible, unrestricted operating funds. According to the most recent data from The Foundation Center, only 23% of …

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A grant seeker’s wish list

I prepared this grant seeker’s wish list for a foundation that had recently spun off from its corporate parent. What is it that nonprofits want or need from grant makers? At the very top, I put:  # 1: Flexible, unrestricted operating funds. According to the most recent data from The Foundation Center, only 23% of …

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A grant seeker’s wish list

I prepared this grant seeker’s wish list for a foundation that had recently spun off from its corporate parent. What is it that nonprofits want or need from grant makers? At the very top, I put:  # 1: Flexible, unrestricted operating funds. According to the most recent data from The Foundation Center, only 23% of …

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A grant seeker’s wish list

I prepared this grant seeker’s wish list for a foundation that had recently spun off from its corporate parent. What is it that nonprofits want or need from grant makers? At the very top, I put:  # 1: Flexible, unrestricted operating funds. According to the most recent data from The Foundation Center, only 23% of …

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A grant seeker’s wish list

I prepared this grant seeker’s wish list for a foundation that had recently spun off from its corporate parent. What is it that nonprofits want or need from grant makers? At the very top, I put:  # 1: Flexible, unrestricted operating funds. According to the most recent data from The Foundation Center, only 23% of …

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A grant seeker’s wish list

I prepared this grant seeker’s wish list for a foundation that had recently spun off from its corporate parent. What is it that nonprofits want or need from grant makers? At the very top, I put:  # 1: Flexible, unrestricted operating funds. According to the most recent data from The Foundation Center, only 23% of …

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