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Which leadership styles optimize organizational performance and impact?

Illustration by Yuxin Qin Recent events have been disruptive on a global scale. The pandemic has caused a re-thinking of how we live and work, while social justice movements have highlighted demands for liberation from models and methods that have upheld the status quo. Concurrently, continued advances in technology and its ubiquitous influence on communications …

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How can small nonprofits be successful in strategic human resources management?

Illustration by Yuxin Qin The nonprofit sector is built on human resources (HR): the energy, efficiency and passion of its employees. Strategic human resources management (SHRM) is a fundamental factor in making the best use of these resources. SHRM is the intentional application of formalized policies and practices that create organizational successes by investing in …

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How can nonprofits improve staff well-being to achieve desired results?

Illustration by Yuxin Qin There is no doubt that nonprofits are driven by core values, mission and social goals. With a focus on critical issues across a diverse sector, nonprofit employees often find themselves so focused on others, that their own mental health and well-being are often forgotten. With nearly 11 million employees working in …

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How can effective leadership succession planning result in nonprofit sustainability?

Illustration by Yuxin Qin Leadership succession planning, similar to donor succession planning, is often addressed when the concern arises rather than preemptively within a nonprofit organization’s fiscal year. This is a common theme that lurks in the veins of many of our organizations. Raising awareness of this critical issue faced by the nonprofit sector; evidenced …

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How can video strategies revolutionize positive nonprofit community engagement?

Illustration by Yuxin Qin The video landscape is evolving, and the pandemic prompted nonprofits to consider how video is planned, produced, presented and consumed. Video is predicted to account for 82% of all consumer internet traffic by 2022. Nonprofits must not ignore the advantages that video communications have evidenced: programming, fundraising, and maintaining internal and …

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How you can foster sustainable innovation within your nonprofit

Illustration generated by DALL·E If you’re like many of us working in nonprofit leadership today, you’re more than likely exhausted and running out of actionable ideas. Between the pandemic and workforce shortages, you are also possibly navigating reduced income, unable to resume all of your normal events and programming, and struggling to compete for funding. The …

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How can nonprofits successfully engage the next generation of donors?

Illustration generated by DALL·E The sustainability of the nonprofit sector relies on cultivating the next generation of donors. Younger individuals from the Millennial generation, as well as some from Gen X and Z groups, will soon become the lifeblood of the nonprofit sector – being transitioned nearly $30 trillion over the next 20 years from their …

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How can nonprofit leaders create high-performing teams?

Illustration generated by DALL·E Nonprofit organizations, and civil societies long before that, have always sought to bring like-minded and motivated people together to build community and solve social issues. Not much has changed regarding why motivated and hopeful people enter the nonprofit sector – to work, volunteer or support. But the challenges we face and the …

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How can board diversity successfully impact nonprofit growth?

  Illustration generated by DALL·E The nonprofit sector is not the first or last entity shifting through the issue of impactful diversity, inclusion and equity within its organizations. However, the role that leadership plays in ensuring the success of creating lasting impact to its beneficiaries and stakeholders through accurate representation of demographics is still to be …

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How can nonprofits build public trust through accountability to beneficiaries?

Illustration generated by DALL·E The Trust Barometer 2021 Global Report reports that businesses are now the only institution trusted by the public, not nonprofits. Reading Tory Martin’s ideas for rebuilding public trust through participation and transparency led me to explore how nonprofits can rebuild public trust through accountability to beneficiaries. Accountability to beneficiaries and their communities, or …

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