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Compensation Approaches When Long-Serving Chief Executives Transition Out

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in Articles, Blog

Compensation Approaches When Long-Serving Chief Executives Transition Out

I recently assisted a small-staffed, private foundation in a planned leadership transition of their chief executive who had a tenure of 20-plus years. To get a sense of how other foundations approached creative retirement/transition packages for long-serving foundation chief executives, I posted a list-serv inquiry with Exponent Philanthropy, 21/64 and Philanthropy Ohio. With the permission…

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Learning Organizations

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in Articles, Blog

I’m always interested in finding out how different organizations pursue a learning agenda. I talked with Connie Hawk, Director of the Licking County Foundation in Newark, Ohio, who oversees a staff of six. Here’s how Connie inculcated a learning culture inside this community foundation.   Q: I understand the Licking County Foundation (LCF) has a team approach…

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Who Do You Turn To?

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Articles, Blog

Who do you turn to when navigating board, staff or community dynamics?   I’ve served as executive and senior staff for several foundations and been an advisor to dozens of grantmakers and nonprofit organizations around the country.  It’s not unusual to find myself in a coaching role with a chief executive or board chair in these…

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The Sunk Cost Fallacy – 5 Red-Flags That Tell You It Might Be Time to Move On

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Articles, Blog

I recently read an article on behavioral research about the sunk cost fallacy (The Economist, 6-2-18)and it got me thinking about how much of this goes on in philanthropy. As many economists and writers have described, the sunk cost fallacy is irrational decision-making driven by emotion and based on past investments – and which disregards…

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A Must Read Article on Foundation Transparency

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Articles, Blog

Transparency has become a watchword in private philanthropy, but far too much of the discussion of this timely topic remains steeped in opinion rather than research. A new Foundation Review article reports critically important and some surprising findings from new research not previously addressed in foundation literature. This article provides new guidance regarding potential benefits…

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Funding Opportunity for Foundations & Their Grant Partners

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Articles, Blog

I don’t usually work the fundraising side of the street, but here’s a unique opportunity for foundations and their grant partners to ramp up their work together. The Fund for Shared Insight is now acceptingapplications for Listen for Good grants. Submissions are due by June 29, 2018; click here for all the details. Listen for Good is “an initiative…

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3 Reasons to Plan for Leadership Succession Now

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in Articles, Blog

Research tells us that most foundations and almost half of nonprofits nationally do not have written leadership succession plans in place.  Here are three reasons to start succession planning in your organization now: Change is as inevitable as the seasons, yet we more often than not refuse to acknowledge and prepare for the change headed…

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Advocacy – Yes, you can!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Articles, Blog

“I thought nonprofit organizations weren’t allowed to participate in advocacy.”  “Foundations can’t fund advocacy efforts…can they?” Well, actually, nonprofits can advocate and foundations can (and should) provide support for them to do so! One of the best resources for both foundations and nonprofits on the topic is Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of Alliance for Justice. If…

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What’s Your Giving Style?

Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Articles, Blog

The flurry of year-end activity has subsided and the 2017 book is closed.  Now is a good time to reflect on your strategy for philanthropic giving – and not only because new tax deductions are on the horizon! Did your philanthropic strategy fulfill your goals? The folks at WiserGiving have created a simple 7-question quiz that reveals…

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Small Foundation – Big Impact

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Articles, Blog

I met Mark Gunther at last month’s Exponent Philanthropy CONNECT conference in Denver. He is Managing Director of the Eva Gunther Foundation in the Bay Area. Mark and The Eva Foundation were instrumental in creating the Alliance for Girls, the largest regional alliance of girls’ organizations and champions in the country. I asked him to share his story…

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