Thursday, March 19, 2009

New nonprofit transparency report

My apologies for slacking on posts of late. I have a good excuse: I'm in the final stages of preparing and defending my dissertation, a case study of context-based nonprofit board learning in meetings (great, great stuff -- I'm anxious to share the 'lessons learned' with readers very soon!).

In the meantime, while the time for original posts may be hard to come by, I'll try to do a better job of at least sharing some of the great online resources that come my way.

This morning, I want to alert you to a new GuideStar report, on "The State of Nonprofit Transparency, 2008." I'm still reading, but the bottom line is this: while the sector understands the responsibility of transparency and embraces the value of the Internet in fulfilling it, follow through does not match those aspirations. GuideStar both reports on what is being done -- or not done -- and offers some recommendations that nonprofits and their boards should read.

Click here to request a downloadable copy. Turnaround is quick; I received my link for download within seconds. An executive summary is available at this link.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March 5 web chat: Mission in stressful times

How do nonprofits -- especially their leaders -- maintain focus on mission during stressful times like the current economic crisis?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy hopes to provide some guidance on that question during a web chat this week.

Cass Wheeler, former CEO of the American Heart Association, will respond to participant questions and share his experiences during the session, Building a Successful Organization in Stressful Times: A Conversation With a Veteran Nonprofit Leader, scheduled for 10-11 a.m. Mountain time Thursday, March 5.

Click on that link to participate in the live event, or to access the transcript after its conclusion.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Free access to NPQ infrastructure issue

Nonprofit Quarterly (the ultimate, practitioner-focused publication of the sector!) is making available its special issue, "A Case for Nonprofit Infrastructure."

You need to register (free) for the site to access the set of articles. Once you've done that, you'll be able to click on the link taking you to the issue table of contents. Note that there are links to PDF versions at the top of each article page.

To access the issue, click here.