Author: Linda Baker

Kindness, Listening, and Curiosity: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

When I was growing up, every weekday afternoon a half-hour before my family’s dinnertime, Fred Rogers opened his door and sang “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” to his TV audience. And pretty much every afternoon, my siblings and I would plop ourselves into easy chairs and fall into the satisfying and soothing routines…

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The Full Cost Project: Funding for Impact

This should be obvious, but it’s key for our sector: To deliver on their mission and sustain their good work over time, nonprofit organizations require the right mix of financial resources. Resources to pay the right people to get the job done well. Resources to have cash on hand for unexpected events. Resources to allow…

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Heartwired

Despite the protests of generations of economists, recent neurological and psychological research shows that human decisions come from our heart, not from our head. In small decisions, like which jam to buy, and large ones, like whom to marry, we are more often swayed by our psycho-social circuitry than by rational thought. For social changemakers,…

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Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race

This past year, we were proud to join the Annie E. Casey Foundation and an anonymous fund in supporting the Building Movement Project’s Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race survey. The initial results from the survey were recently released in a report called Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap. The report provides an unprecedented look…

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Organizational Effectiveness at the Packard Foundation

The Packard OE Team Welcome to the Organizational Effectiveness Knowledge Center, and especially to this corner where we share what we are thinking. As many of you know, the @PackardOE team has changed in the last few months. Kathy Reich, our director since 2010, moved on to the BUILD program at the Ford Foundation earlier…

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