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The Check Up

By Tina Milano, Associate Strategy + Action/Philanthropy   Over the last few weeks, the mailman delivered reminders for me to schedule: A 50,000 mile check-up for my 4-year old car An annual pet check-up for my rescue cat A six month visit to my dentist, and An annual physical.   These notices, I keep […]

Start Planning for Leadership Succession NOW!

By Jeff Glebocki, CEO Strategy + Action/Philanthropy I’ve returned from Exponent Philanthropy’s 2016 National Conference in Chicago – another home-run event from the largest membership association in philanthropy. I had the honor of co-presenting to a packed room on Leadership Succession Planning with colleagues Rosemary DiRita (Relationship Manager, Glenmede) and Ruth Masterson (Senior Program […]

Look past the millennial stereotypes – look at what the research says

Look past the millennial stereotypes – look at what the research says Almost lost in the final days of this year’s election season was the release of the second wave of research from the Millennial Impact Report. Read the report This large-scale, national study is considering “how millennials’ cause engagement behaviors may change during an […]

3 Lessons Funders Can Learn From School Improvement

By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy   Through my adventures in education grantmaking, I’ve seen the research on and the realities of replicating successful school improvement models. Ringo Starr was right when he said, “it don’t come easy.”   Regardless of your funding priorities – education or not – there […]

Exponent Philanthropy Names My 2-Part Blog on Sustainability as a Top Post of 2016

By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy   I’m really pleased to report that my two-part blog series, “There’s No Such Thing as Nonprofit Sustainability,” has been listed as a Top Post of 2016 by Exponent Philanthropy!   Here’s the official post from Exponent Philanthropy   In this May 2016 series, […]

Leadership Succession Planning

What’s Success Got to Do with It?

Co-authors: Jill Blair, Strategy and Organizational Consultant & Jeffrey M. Glebocki, Strategy + Action/Philanthropy

Leadership transitions are inevitable. They are natural moments of evolution and change that affect people and organizations. Leadership transitions can be disruptive and create a sense of loss – so much so that we often choose to avoid thinking ahead about them. Transitions can threaten the well-being of an organization by disturbing the picture of what the future was supposed to look like. On the flip side, leadership transitions can sometimes provide an opportunity for new beginnings and open the door to revitalized or increased engagement by board and staff.

Things NOT to do in 2017

  By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy   We’ve all been bombarded with the editorials, position papers and prognostication about what will, what might and what won’t happen with a new administration in Washington.   While I’ll leave the crystal-ball reading to others, I can share these observations for foundations and […]

Change Demands More Than Programmatic Grants

By Chris Thompson, Director of Regional Engagement, Fund for Our Economic Future & Jeffrey M. Glebocki, CEO, Strategy + Action/Philanthropy Philanthropy should support efforts that help stakeholders understand the performance of key civic systems As grantmakers, we know the programs and projects we support are often by themselves insufficient to create the level of substantive […]

Evaluation is what you do with partners, not to them

  By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy   The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers invited me to present a webinar this month on evaluation – “Are We Making a Difference in Our Philanthropy?  Exploring Low-Cost, High-Value Tools for Evaluation.”  In this April newsletter, I wanted to highlight a theme […]

Why It’s Important to Start Planning for Leadership Succession Now

By Jill Blair, strategy and organizational consultant, and Jeffrey M. Glebocki, CEO, Strategy + Action/Philanthropy This post is the first in a 2-part series on leadership succession planning. Exponent Philanthropy members can explore these themes further in an article by the same authors in our forthcoming Fall 2015 issue of Essentials. “Our foundation had succession planning […]