September, 2015

Research reveals approaches to retain volunteers

By Marlene Walk, assistant professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis | Most nonprofit organizations rely on volunteers to help provide services and could not function without this source of support to conduct programs, raise funds or serve clients. In 2013, 25.4 percent of adults in the United States volunteered with an organization contributing a little over […]

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Former leaders reflect on change, progress

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | Nonprofit careers can start in a variety of ways. — Willis Bright initially was a social worker, which developed his listening skills. — Ellen Annala worked for multiple nonprofits, which helped shape her understanding of community. — Jim McClelland was trained as an engineer but made the transition […]

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Good people make good leaders

By Tom Fox for The Washington Post | Fred Kiel, author of Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win, conducted a seven-year study of more than 100 CEOs, their companies and 8,500 of their employees. What he found was that leaders of strong character achieved up to five times the return on assets […]

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Profiling the nonprofit leader of tomorrow

By Jean Crawford, contributor, Ivey Business Journal | The nonprofit sector’s ability to provide its services has come under ever-increasing pressure with changes in public policy, significant client demographic shifts, new commercial initiatives, and growing competition from for-profit providers. Although the sector has responded creatively in many instances, the increasingly complex environment is straining the […]

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Why the world needs tri-sector leaders

By Nick Lovegrove and Matthew Thomas, contributing writers, Harvard Business Review | The critical challenges society faces — such as water scarcity, access to education, and the rising cost of healthcare — increasingly require the business, government and nonprofit sectors to work together to create lasting solutions. But this is only possible if the senior […]

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In the ‘reverse Peace Corps,’ future leaders hone skills

By Frances Stead Sellers, senior writer, The Washington Post | After the speeches, the presentation of certificates and the photo op come the slightly sophomoric awards you might expect at an eighth-grade graduation. Graduation day at the Washington International School? A fin d’annee fete for Model U.N. students? Or some hug-the-globe gig for junior diplomats […]

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How to develop as a nonprofit leader

By Bridgespan writers | Many people who are working within the ranks of nonprofit organizations could become great senior nonprofit leaders. However, in part because of budget constraints, few organizations in the sector have formal professional development programs to prepare mid-level managers for senior roles. As a result, most mid-level nonprofit professionals must take responsibility […]

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BKD Foundation’s 2014 charitable giving surpasses $10 million

The BKD Foundation is the firm’s charitable arm. The BKD Foundation is solely funded by BKD partners’ and employees’ monetary contributions. It aims to enrich the communities BDK serves through financial donations and volunteerism. The foundation supports not-for-profit organizations of all types and sizes, including employees serving in volunteer roles. Supporting youth organizations While the […]

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Ready to scale fast?

By James W. Shepard, Jr., Stanford Social Innovative Review Say you hit the nonprofit jackpot: A philanthropist believes in your mission and — inspired by the evidence of impact you’ve already demonstrated — wants to see your organization grow quickly. Money has always been your most online casino pressing concern, but now that you have […]

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Leadership transition – Who’s up next?

By Bryan Orander, president, Charitable Advisors For 15 years, research has warned of the unprecedented number of nonprofit executive directors/CEOs expected to change organizations, retire or leave the sector. In the original Daring to Lead study in 2001, two thirds of nonprofit executive directors did not believe in five years that they would still be […]

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