Facilitating Dominant Personalities

Facilitation is such a great opportunity to nurture honest communication among different personalities; to find both common and uncommon ground. As I was talking with one client about goals for an upcoming meeting of board members from different organizations, she happened to let drop that one participant was known to take over meetings. Apparently, at a recent City Council meeting, …

Is Bullying Part of Your Board Meetings?

You won’t find bullies on every board, but, when you do, they can be very disruptive—creating surprisingly high levels of stress for fellow board members and damaging the integrity, effectiveness, and impact of the board’s work. Be careful not to assume the other party to any difficult conversation is a bully. Some people engage in bullying behavior only in certain …

Fundraising Filings Soon to be Streamlined

In some good news for nonprofits, there is some streamlining afoot! There’s been talk for years about finding a way to solve the dilemma of states having different fundraising registration requirements. In this era of online “donate” buttons on every charities’ web site, how can small charitable organizations track requirements in all 50 states and file in somewhere between 39 …

Data Love

This month, I’ve noticed a passel of wonderful new data sources online. I’ve compiled a handful that I find particularly fascinating and new — and a couple that are tried-and-true: One that falls in the former category is the City Health Dashboard, which shares out data for fully 500 U.S. cities. There are 36 measures grouped into social & economic …