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Running Effective Virtual #Nonprofit Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement


In many of the workshops I’ve been facilitating based on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout,  many nonprofits are recognizing that offering some workplace flexibility to employees is not only an attractive benefit, but also can increases productivity and help with burnout prevention.Many nonprofits allow staff to work remotely one day a week.  … Read More

Virtual Meetings: 5 Tips for Nonprofits Working Across Time Zones

My work as a trainer and facilitator has brought me to many places in the world. Often, the training on-site is the beginning of project which includes facilitating sessions remotely across time zones. Other times,the workshop, keynote presentation, or master class might be part of a conference or a single session for an organization, but planning the event requires meeting across time zones virtually.… Read More

How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Reflection is a critical step in assessing individual and team performance at your nonprofit.  A reflective process, whether it is a structured process for individuals or groups, can give us insights about what worked and what could be improved.

Reflection requires hitting the pause button and asking and answering questions.  … Read More

The One Secret To Better Virtual Meetings: Empathy

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Last week, I facilitated a peer learning session for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and their mentors about healthy and productive meetings.     We covered the best practices of meetings, both face-to-face and virtual meetings.   I’ve been reflecting on the discussion we had about how meetings are “under belly” of an organization’s culture and ways to make incremental changes to improve meeting culture to avoid wasting time or frustration.… Read More

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

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Grantees, Experts, and Partners at the end of the Brainerd Foundation’s 21st Century Advocacy Design Lab

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