February, 2015 | Beth's Blog

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Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building

Two reports have been released on the topic of capacity building:   “Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together,” from GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center and “Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity” from GEOfunders. This post summarizes gems from both reports.  … Read More

The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social Sector Excellence


The Performance Imperative:  A Framework for Social Sector Excellence, the result of a  full year of collaborative work by the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, a group of nonprofit leaders coalesced and coordinated by the Leap of Reason team (leapofreason.org),… Read More

Shadowing To Learn Web Video: DoGooder Awards Voting

Recently, I’ve been reading the ideas from The Presencing Institute (PI), an action-research community that “creates social technologies, builds capacities, and generates holding spaces for profound societal renewal.”  The Presencing Institute grew out of the MIT Center for Organizational Learning, which was founded by Peter Senge and his colleagues.    … Read More

How To Make Meetings Work for Your Nonprofit (whether you are sitting,standing, or walking!)

Last week, I co-presented a Guidestar webinar with Andrea Kihlstedt on the topic of healthy and productive meetings who talked about the basics for making meetings highly effective. I spoke about standing and  walking meetings.   This post shares some reflections and additional resources about both topics.… Read More

I-WE-IT Framework: Transformative Leadership for Social Change

On April 6-8th, I’m co-facilitating a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and Justin Ferrell.   The retreat curriculum is built around the ALF’s “I-WE-IT” – skills that today’s social change leaders need as we move towards more collective approaches.  … Read More