Nonprofit Capacity Building – A Heretical View

Nonprofit Capacity Building – A Heretical View

Capacity building doesn’t work. It’s a waste of time, money and energy. There… we said it… sorry foundations and all your capacity building money… sorry nonprofits and all your capacity building grants.   First, capacity building in the nonprofit sector is a...
Distraction Hurts Creativity*

Distraction Hurts Creativity*

“Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?” – Marcus Aurelius   I don’t know whether or not you think about your work as a creative endeavor, but...
Sharpen Your Saw With Life Balance

Sharpen Your Saw With Life Balance

Have you heard the parable of the woodcutter straining to cut down a tree? His blade is dull, he is exhausted, but he is too busy to stop to sharpen his saw.   Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People talks about the need to Sharpen the Saw – to...
Yes, Nonprofits Can Lobby

Yes, Nonprofits Can Lobby

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can lobby. Seriously, we checked. Actually, we knew that already. But many people who work or volunteer for nonprofits believe that lobbying is prohibited. Lobbying and advocacy aren’t the right strategies for every nonprofit...
Preparing the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

Preparing the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

“78% of (nonprofit) leaders intend to leave their job by 2020.” – Opportunity in Change: Preparing Boston for Leader Transitions and New Models of Nonprofit Leadership Whether the cause is changing demographics, organizational growth, or a lack of job...