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Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners

A cause-centered community is a group of people who share a common passion for a cause.   They could be a group of people who support a particular nonprofit’s social change agenda or a group of people from different organizations united around a common challenge, idea, or cause.… Read More

7 Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator

Note from Beth: As a trainer and someone who teachers other trainers, I’ve been obsessed with improving my facilitation skills and written a lot about it on this blog. I’m always up for a conversation with other facilitators about shop talk and getting tips for improving my practice.  

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Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

What if a funder got real-time input from its grantees and other partners to develop its investment strategy?  What if they used a design thinking process to not only get feedback from grantees but as a way to develop a more agile way of working?   … Read More

Healthy Nonprofit Work Culture: Shouldn’t That 2 Hour Conference Call Have Been An Email?

That is a slogan on a t-shirt, and while meant as a joke, it is all too familiar for many nonprofits.   Meetings that waste your time!

When we talk about healthy nonprofit work culture, the fit nonprofit, it goes beyond having organizations create wellness policies and practices that encourage staff to eat right, exercise, take vacation time, and get enough sleep.    … Read More

The Art of Facilitating Virtual Meetings with Sticky Notes

Last week, Andrea Kihlstedt and I did a reprise of our Guidestar webinar, “Healthy and Productive Meetings” as a learning session for Guidestar staff.     Guidestar has multiple office locations, so this session was done as a virtual meeting using a platform and apps that offered features like chat, desktop sharing, polling, white board, sticky notes, and audio and video conferencing.  … Read More